11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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11 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Florianopolis
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Malibu
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
5
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
6
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Florianopolis

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night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and finally explore the galleries of SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Naples Beach, then kick back and relax at Cowell Ranch State Beach, and then do a tasting at Press Club.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner .

Florianopolis, Brazil to San Francisco is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Florianopolis to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In January, San Francisco is cooler than Florianopolis - with highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Big Sur.

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Parks Beaches Outdoors

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Half Moon Bay
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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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 20th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Partington Cove, take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, then immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Big Sur tour itinerary planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Big Sur by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. January in Big Sur sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

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Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve, admire the majestic nature at Carpinteria State Beach, then enjoy breathtaking views from Santa Barbara County Courthouse, then learn about winemaking at Grassini Family Vineyards, and finally learn about winemaking at Margerum Wine Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Mandalay State Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Oxnard Beach Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Douglas Family Preserve.

Plan trip to Santa Barbara with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Big Sur to Santa Barbara in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Malibu.

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Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Oxnard, Carpinteria
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Oxnard Beach Park ©
Oxnard Beach Park
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Douglas Family Preserve ©
Douglas Family Preserve

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Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. On the 23rd (Thu), stroll through El Matador State Beach, then kick back and relax at Zuma Beach, then explore the world behind art at Frederick Weisman Museum of Art, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Malibu Bluffs Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Malibu travel route planning tool .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Malibu in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Malibu when traveling from Santa Barbara in January, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
Frederick Weisman Museum of Art ©
Frederick Weisman Museum of Art
Malibu Bluffs Park ©
Malibu Bluffs Park

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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.
On the 24th (Fri), wander the streets of Montana Avenue, then immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and finally look for gifts at Bergamot Station.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica trip planner .

Santa Monica is just a short distance from Malibu. January in Santa Monica sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Montana Avenue ©
Montana Avenue

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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.
On the 25th (Sat), stroll through Royal Palms State Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and then take a stroll through Angelino Heights Historic Area. Keep things going the next day: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and then admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles attractions app .

Los Angeles is very close to Santa Monica. In January, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Beaches Parks
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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