38 days in United States Itinerary

38 days in United States Itinerary

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38 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly + bus:  17​h 30​min
1
Santa Monica
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Santa Barbara
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Big Sur
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
San Francisco
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Napa
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Tahoe City
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
7
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Sao Paulo

5
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Step off the beaten path and head to Canine Creek Dog Wash & Pet Boutique and Tehachapi Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Monica: Tehachapi Depot Railroad Museum (in Tehachapi), Six Flags Magic Mountain (in Santa Clarita) and Malibu (Zuma Beach & El Matador State Beach). The adventure continues: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, shop like a local with Third Street Promenade, immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Santa Monica Mountains.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica trip itinerary planner.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Santa Monica is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and tram; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Santa Monica are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Santa Monica

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Tehachapi, Malibu, Underwood Family Farm-Somis, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Mulholland Drive
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Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Canine Creek Dog Wash & Pet Boutique ©

4
nights
Santa Barbara

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Explore hidden gems such as Wine Tours & Tastings and Santa Barbara County Courthouse. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Barbara: Old Mission Santa Ines (in Solvang) and La Purisima State Historical Park (in Lompoc). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, kick back and relax at Butterfly Beach, stroll through Carpinteria State Beach, and take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Santa Barbara sightseeing planner .

Drive from Santa Monica to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of tram and train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Santa Monica in October since evenings lows in Santa Barbara dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

#Parks, #Tours, #Nature

Side Trips

Montecito, Carpinteria State Beach, Old Mission Santa Ines, La Purisima State Historical Park
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

6
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Step off the beaten path and head to Elephant Seal Rookery and McWay Falls. Change things up with these side-trips from Big Sur: Mission San Antonio de Padua (in Jolon), William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach (in San Simeon) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing). There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, get lost in a book at Henry Miller Memorial Library, take in the views from Bixby Bridge, and stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Big Sur trip maker .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Big Sur in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of flight and taxi. While traveling from Santa Barbara, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Big Sur, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Big Sur

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

San Simeon, Mission San Antonio de Padua, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Limekiln State Park ©
Limekiln State Park
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

9
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at San Francisco Bay and Limantour Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley), Pescadero (Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach & Bean Hollow State Beach) and Rockaway Beach (in Pacifica). Dedicate the 19th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, tour the pleasant surroundings at Marshall’s Beach, and explore and take pictures at Twin Peaks.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Francisco tour app .

You can drive from Big Sur to San Francisco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Pescadero, Rodeo Beach, Rockaway Beach, Marin Headlands, Muir Woods National Monument
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

5
nights
Napa

Napa ©
Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Balloon Rides and Gualala Point Regional Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Napa: Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens (in Fulton), Healdsburg (Seghesio Family Vineyards, Jordan Vineyard & Winery, & more) and Vincent Arroyo Winery (in Calistoga). Dedicate the 27th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Safari West and do a tasting at Hendry Ranch Wines.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Napa trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Napa takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 8°C in Napa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tahoe City.

Things to do in Napa

#Wineries, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trips

Healdsburg, Vincent Arroyo Winery, Gualala Point Regional Park, V. Sattui Winery, Safari West
Highlights from your plan
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery
Wine Tours & Tastings
Balloon Rides

3
nights
Tahoe City

Tahoe City ©
Tahoe City is an unincorporated community in Placer County, California. On the 1st (Thu), let the kids burn off some steam at Commons Beach Park, then visit a coastal fixture at Lake Tahoe, and then steep yourself in history at Hellman-Ehrman Mansion. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at North Lake Tahoe Historical Society and Gatekeepers Museum, then kick back and relax at Sand Harbor, then stop by Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory, and finally steep yourself in history at Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tahoe City travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Napa to Tahoe City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Napa in October, expect Tahoe City to be slightly colder, temps between 20°C and -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Tahoe City

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lake Tahoe, Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory, Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society, Sand Harbor
Highlights from your plan
Lake Tahoe ©
Lake Tahoe
Sand Harbor ©
Sand Harbor

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Emerald Bay State Park and St Theresa Catholic Church. Change things up with a short trip to Grover Hot Springs State Park in Markleeville (about 40 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Tallac Historic Site, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, stop by Grass Roots Natural Foods, and tee off at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe journey maker site .

Traveling by car from Tahoe City to South Lake Tahoe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in South Lake Tahoe can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

#Outdoors, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trips

Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, Emerald Bay State Park, Grover Hot Springs State Park
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Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course ©
Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Grover Hot Springs State Park ©
Grover Hot Springs State Park

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