33 days in United States Itinerary

33 days in United States Itinerary

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33 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Big Bear Lake
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Bus:  6​h 15​min
6
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Big Sur
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
9
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Sao Paulo

8
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Step out of the city life by going to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Mountains. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Getty Center and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point), Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign (in Santa Monica) and Anaheim (Oak Canyon Nature Center & Disneyland Park). There's still lots to do: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, identify plant and animal life at Ballona Wetlands, see the interesting displays at The Hollywood Museum, and immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip planning website .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Los Angeles is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Los Angeles. Traveling from Sao Paulo in December, expect Los Angeles to be slightly colder, temps between 24°C and 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

7
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Visit La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park for some beach relaxation. USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool, see the interesting displays at San Diego Air & Space Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego tour builder .

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Morro Bay.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

1
night
Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
On the 16th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Barker Dam Trail and then admire the verdant scenery at Hidden Valley Nature Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of General George S. Patton Memorial Museum and then take in the dramatic natural features at Keys View.

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Traveling by car from San Diego to Joshua Tree National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from San Diego in December, expect Joshua Tree National Park to be little chillier, temps between 19°C and 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Big Bear Lake.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

General George S. Patton Memorial Museum
Highlights from your plan
Keys View ©
Keys View
Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail

3
nights
Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake ©
Big Bear Lake is a small city in San Bernardino County, California, located in the San Bernardino Mountains along the south shore of Big Bear Lake, and surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest. Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take a stroll through Pine Knot Village and then fly down the slopes at Snow Summit. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): fly down the slopes at Bear Mountain.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Big Bear Lake tour website .

Traveling by car from Joshua Tree National Park to Big Bear Lake takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in December, expect Big Bear Lake to be slightly colder, temps between 9°C and -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Big Bear Lake

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Big Bear Region
Highlights from your plan
Snow Summit ©
Snow Summit
Bear Mountain ©
Bear Mountain

3
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Step out of the city life by going to Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Glacier Point. There's still lots to do: trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park journey planner.

You can drive from Big Bear Lake to Yosemite National Park in 6.5 hours. Traveling from Big Bear Lake in December, Yosemite National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

3
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Visiting Van Sickle Bi-State Park and Heavenly Mountain Resort will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Tallac Historic Site and Lake Tahoe. It doesn't end there: explore the different monuments and memorials at Genoa Cemetery.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe trip planning tool .

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe in 6.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in South Lake Tahoe are 8°C, while nighttime lows are -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Genoa Cemetery, Heavenly Mountain Resort, Lake Tahoe
Highlights from your plan
Lake Tahoe ©
Lake Tahoe
Van Sickle Bi-State Park ©
Van Sickle Bi-State Park
Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Fort Funston National Park and Baker Beach. Museum-lovers will get to explore Exploratorium and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island, admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum, and take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco road trip website .

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and subway; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in December, expect nights in San Francisco to be much hotter, around 8°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

3
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 29th (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, then immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore and take pictures at Point Sur State Historic Park and then snap pictures at Bixby Bridge.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Big Sur holiday maker app .

Drive from San Francisco to Big Sur in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. On the 31st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Carmel Valley
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Point Sur State Historic Park ©
Point Sur State Historic Park

1
night
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): engage your brain at California Science Center and then learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles itinerary builder app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Big Sur to Los Angeles takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Big Sur in December, expect Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, temps between 24°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Childrens Museums Museums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
California Science Center ©
California Science Center

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