55 days in United States Itinerary

55 days in United States Itinerary

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55 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Durango
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h
3
Sedona
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Williams
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
Las Vegas
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Sacramento
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
9
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
10
Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
11
Carmel
— 4 nights
bus:  30​min
12
Big Sur
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
13
Santa Maria
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
14
Santa Barbara
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Sao Paulo

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Canine Creek Dog Wash & Pet Boutique and AllWater Charters & Boat Rentals. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Getty Center and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Venture out of the city with trips to Running Horse Ranch (in Lake Hughes), Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica) and Tehachapi Mountain Park (in Tehachapi). Pack the 6th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, tour the pleasant surroundings at Crystal Cove, don't miss a visit to Walt Disney Concert Hall, and shop like a local with Third Street Promenade.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary planning website .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Los Angeles is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sao Paulo in August, with highs in Los Angeles at 34°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Tehachapi, Santa Monica, AllWater Charters & Boat Rentals, Running Horse Ranch, Crystal Cove
Highlights from your plan
Tehachapi Mountain Park ©
Tehachapi Mountain Park
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

3
nights
Durango

Durango ©
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Shop till you drop at Toh-Atin Gallery and Honeyville. Discover out-of-the-way places like Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum and River Rafting & Tubing. Change things up with these side-trips from Durango: Cortez Cultural Center (in Cortez), Wines of the San Juan (in Blanco) and Mesa Verde National Park (Park Point, Ruins Road, & more). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Earthen Vessel Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Animas Museum, and see the interesting displays at Southern Ute Museum and Cultural Center.

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You can fly from Los Angeles to Durango in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Durango is 1 hour. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Durango, with lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Sedona.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Tours Museums

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, Cortez Cultural Center, Wines of the San Juan, Southern Ute Museum and Cultural Center
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Wines of the San Juan ©
Wines of the San Juan

5
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
You'll explore and learn at Greg Lawson Galleries - Passion for Place and Sharlot Hall Museum. Village Gallery of Local Artists and Arizona Copper Art Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sedona: Arizona Stronghold Vineyards Tasting Room (in Cottonwood), Whiskey Row (in Prescott) and V-Bar-V Heritage Site (in Rimrock). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Cathedral Rock, look for gifts at Kachina House, cruise along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), and shop like a local with Oak Creek Vista Point.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sedona road trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Durango to Sedona takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Durango in August; daily highs in Sedona reach 37°C and lows reach 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Williams.

Things to do in Sedona

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Cottonwood, Prescott, Cornville, V-Bar-V Heritage Site, Arizona Copper Art Museum
Highlights from your plan
Arizona Copper Art Museum ©
Arizona Copper Art Museum
Whiskey Row ©
Whiskey Row
Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park ©
Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park

1
night
Williams

Williams ©
A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Williams lies on one of the first highways ever built in America, the iconic "Route 66." The town boasts many inns, motels, restaurants, and shops, although its most important feature is serving as the southern terminus of a scenic railway leading to the area's most famous tourist attraction, the World Heritage-listed Grand Canyon.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Bearizona Wildlife Park, look for gifts at Thunder Eagle Native Art, then get engrossed in the history at Ash Fork Historical Society Museum, and finally tee off at Elephant Rocks at Williams.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Williams tour builder app .

You can drive from Sedona to Williams in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sedona in August; daily highs in Williams reach 30°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Williams

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Ash Fork Historical Society Museum
Highlights from your plan
Bearizona Wildlife Park ©
Bearizona Wildlife Park
Ash Fork Historical Society Museum ©
Thunder Eagle Native Art ©
Thunder Eagle Native Art

5
nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Titanic and Pinball Hall of Fame. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Las Vegas North Premium Outlets and Willow Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Las Vegas side-trips: Veteran's Memorial Park (in Boulder City) and Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge (in Amargosa Valley). Next up on the itinerary: get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, examine the collection at The Neon Museum, try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas attractions website .

You can drive from Williams to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. Traveling from Williams to Las Vegas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Williams in August, things will get much hotter in Las Vegas: highs are around 45°C and lows about 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Veteran's Memorial Park, Willow Beach, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Titanic ©
Titanic
Pinball Hall of Fame ©
Pinball Hall of Fame

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at USS Midway Museum and Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial. Relax by the water at La Jolla Cove and La Jolla Shores Park. Explore San Diego's surroundings by going to Carlsbad (Carlsbad Premium Outlets, Carlsbad Village, & more). There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take a leisurely stroll along Seaport Village, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Children's Pool.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the San Diego day trip planner.

Getting from Las Vegas to San Diego by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in August, you will find days in San Diego are cooler (30°C), and nights are slightly colder (23°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sacramento.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Carlsbad
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
South Carlsbad State Beach ©
South Carlsbad State Beach
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

5
nights
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Museum-lovers will get to explore California State Railroad Museum and Calaveras County Museum Complex. Do some cultural sightseeing at Brassfield Estate Winery and Old Sacramento. Venture out of the city with trips to Angels Camp Museum and Carriage House (in Angels Camp), Jeff Runquist Wines (in Plymouth) and Cantiga Wineworks (in Somerset). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at California State Capitol Museum, look for gifts at Lazy Dog Chocolateria, identify plant and animal life at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, and engage your brain at Aerospace Museum of California.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sacramento tour itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Sacramento takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, subway, and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in August: highs in Sacramento hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Grass Valley, Beals Point, Angels Camp Museum and Carriage House, Amizetta Estate Winery, Cantiga Wineworks
Highlights from your plan
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Crocker Art Museum ©
Crocker Art Museum
California State Capitol Museum ©
California State Capitol Museum

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll get in some beach time at Bodega Dunes and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Union Square and City Lights Booksellers. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville) and Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga). The adventure continues: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, and explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip builder .

You can drive from Sacramento to San Francisco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Sacramento in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Bodega Dunes, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve

1
night
San Jose

San Jose ©
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): examine the collection at The Tech Museum of Innovation, then wander the streets of Willow Glen, then learn about winemaking at Testarossa, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Fremont Older Open Space Preserve.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip site .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to San Jose takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Wildlife Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Testarossa, Fremont Older Open Space Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Fremont Older Open Space Preserve ©
The Tech Interactive ©
The Tech Interactive
Willow Glen ©
Willow Glen

2
nights
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
On the 5th (Wed), explore and take pictures at Mission San Juan Bautista, look for all kinds of wild species at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Capitola Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the galleries of Seymour Marine Discovery Center, examine the collection at Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at New Brighton State Beach, and finally stop by Bookshop Santa Cruz.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Santa Cruz trip maker app .

Traveling by car from San Jose to Santa Cruz takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Santa Cruz sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Capitola, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Mission San Juan Bautista
Highlights from your plan
Capitola Beach ©
Capitola Beach
New Brighton State Beach ©
New Brighton State Beach

4
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Head to Cannery Row Antique Mall and Carmel Plazafor plenty of shopping. You'll explore and learn at Sunset Cultural Center and Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. When in Carmel, make a side trip to see The Steinbeck House / Best Cellar Gift Shop in Salinas, approximately 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Asilomar State Beach, stop by Del Monte Shopping Center, kick back and relax at Del Monte Beach, and play a few rounds at Poppy Hills Golf Course.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Carmel takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santa Cruz in September, you will find days in Carmel are little chillier (26°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Big Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, The Steinbeck House / Best Cellar Gift Shop
Highlights from your plan
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links

4
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Get some cultural insight at Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum and Holman Ranch. Step off the beaten path and head to Pfeiffer State Beach and Hahn Estate Winery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Big Sur: Mission San Antonio de Padua (in Jolon) and San Simeon (Hearst Castle, William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, & more). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, take in the exciting artwork at Hawthorne Gallery, do a tasting at Bernardus Winery and Vineyard, and examine the collection at Moto Talbott.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Big Sur trip itinerary builder site .

Big Sur is very close to Carmel. In September in Big Sur, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

San Simeon, Carmel Valley, Mission San Antonio de Padua, Hahn Estate Winery, Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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nights
Santa Maria

Santa Maria ©
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. Explore hidden gems such as Moonstone Beach and Studios on the Park. Appreciate the collections at Estrella Warbird Air Museum and Morro Bay Skateboard Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Maria: Paso Robles (J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines, Castoro Cellars, & more), Peachy Canyon Winery (in Templeton) and Mission San Miguel Arcangel (in San Miguel). There's lots more to do: do a tasting at Carhartt Vineyard, look for gifts at Brown Butter Cookie Company, look for all kinds of wild species at Monarch Butterfly Grove, and kick back and relax at Jalama Beach County Park.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Maria trip app .

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Santa Maria takes 3 hours. When traveling from Big Sur in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Maria: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Paso Robles, Lompoc, Cambria, Brown Butter Cookie Company, Mission San Miguel Arcangel
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove
Estrella Warbird Air Museum ©
Estrella Warbird Air Museum

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Santa Barbara

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and Buck Owens' Crystal Palace. Discover out-of-the-way places like Old Mission Santa Barbara and Butterfly Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Barbara: Carpinteria Harbor Seal Preserve and Rookery (in Carpinteria), Outlets at Tejon (in Arvin) and Ventura Harbor Village (in Ventura). There's lots more to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve, immerse yourself in nature at Carpinteria State Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Douglas Family Preserve, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Arroyo Burro County Beach Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara trip maker tool .

Drive from Santa Maria to Santa Barbara in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Santa Barbara can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Carpinteria, Buck Owens' Crystal Palace, Ventura Harbor Village, Butterfly Beach, Outlets at Tejon
Highlights from your plan
Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve ©
Butterfly Beach ©
Butterfly Beach
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach

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