Traveling by car across the United States is the dream of many travelers, so we've selected the must-see stops on this adventure!

California is perhaps the best known state for Brazilians and the main cities are already on the travel itinerary, such as Los Angeles and San Francisco. However, the North American state is very rich in historical and natural issues and the traveler can delve more into all this with a road trip through the region. So rent a car and prepare the playlist, because the trip is long!

Big Sur

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The region is famous for idyllic settings, such as Pfeiffer State Beach, which is never too crowded because you have to follow a trail to get there. Bixby Bridge is also famous for its beauty. The bridge completes a view of the sea, cutting a path between rocks and hills. Another highlight is Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, a park where visitors can watch local animals and waves crashing on rocks.

Santa Barbara

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This beach town near Los Angeles attracts visitors both for its bustle on the sands and for its history that goes back to the 19th century. Notable landmarks include Stearns Wharf, waterfront restaurants built in 1872 wood, the Santa Barbara Courthouse, the Natural History Museum, the Old West Carriage Museum, Shoreline Park Recreation Center and the famous city zoo.

Los Angeles

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The most famous city in California keeps the secrets of cinema and offers tourists an immersion in the world of the famous. The main attractions of Los Angeles are the Walk of Fame, the Dolby Theater, home to the Oscars, the iconic Hollywood sign, the expensive streets of Beverly Hills and the bustling beaches of Venice Beach and Santa Monica. In addition, Warner Bros. and Universal offer guided tours of their studios for the most aficionados of behind-the-scenes TV and film.

San Diego

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San Diego pleases travelers looking for fun, shopping, good food and beautiful beaches. The main tourist attractions are Balboa Park, one of the largest in the country, the Gaslamp Quarter, which has the best bars and restaurants, Seaworld, the city's famous zoo and Pacific Beach, considered the best beach in San Diego.

Joshua Tree National Park

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This park is a good option for those who want to escape the hustle of cities and get in touch with nature. Called the J-Tree by locals, the place is the junction of the Mojave Desert and Colorado and has mountains, ruins of gold mines and desert plains that leave visitors with their jaws dropped.

San Francisco

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It is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the country and known for its strong cultural life. Famous for its steep slopes and the great red bridge, the Golden Gate, San Francisco has several viewpoints that provide a beautiful view of the city, such as the Twin Peaks and Coit Tower. Other highlights in the city are the Alcatraz prison, the Painted Ladies in Alamo Square and Dolores Park.

Death Valley National Park

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This is the largest national park outside of Alaska, with its 1.34 million hectares. Tourists can see sand dunes, mountains, salt flats and colorful canyons. “Death Valley” is the driest and hottest place in the United States with temperatures reaching 49°C in summer. The main attractions are the Badwater Basin and Telescope Peak, which measures over 3,000 meters high.

Mammoth Lakes

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The region is full of activities for outdoor enthusiasts! With mountains full of trails, lakes ready to receive fishermen, descents for mountain bike adventurers and lakes for diving. The park highlights California's natural beauty and highlights Mammoth Mountain, Convict Lake, Rainbow Falls and Devils Pospile National Monument.

Yosemite National Park

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This is considered one of the most beautiful natural parks in the world, with its mountains, valleys and trails. The most famous attractions are the giant sequoias of Toulumne Grove, viewpoints such as the Merced River and Tunnel View and the waterfalls of Bridalveil Fall.


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And there's no way to make this trip through California and leave aside the state capital, Sacramento! The city has undergone major changes in the last few decades and has hosted many renowned restaurants and famous shops. In addition to the traditional Victorian houses and parks, it also invites tourists to visit the Capitol Mall and Old Town Sacramento museums, the Sacramento River, which played a very important role in the gold rush, the State Capitol and Sutter's Fort State Historic Park.

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