11 days in California & New York City Itinerary

11 days in California & New York City Itinerary

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11 days in California & New York City Itinerary

Start: Detroit
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
San Diego
— Few hours
Fly + bus:  8​h 15​min
New York City
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h
End: Detroit

2
nights
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 11th (Tue): tee off at Lincoln Park and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks. On your second day here, kick back and relax at China Beach, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Marshall’s Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read San Francisco itinerary planner.

Detroit to San Francisco is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and subway; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Detroit to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. September in San Francisco sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
SS Jeremiah O'Brien ©
SS Jeremiah O'Brien

4
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.
Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows. Spend the 16th (Sun) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, hike along Nevada Falls Loop, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and stroll through Panorama Trail.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park online road trip planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in September, plan for much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

few
hours
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.
On the 18th (Tue), kick back and relax at Children's Pool and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Diego takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for warmer nights in San Diego, with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in San Diego

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

2
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like 9/11 Memorial and St. Paul's Chapel. There's much more to do: go for a walk through Central Park, snap pictures at Brooklyn Bridge, don't miss a visit to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and enjoy breathtaking views from Top of the Rock.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our New York City trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Diego to New York City in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 3 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

#Parks, #Museums, #Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
St. Paul's Chapel ©
St. Paul's Chapel

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