15 days in New York City & California Itinerary

15 days in New York City & California Itinerary

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15 days in New York City & California Itinerary

London
Fly + bus:  10​h 45​min
New York City
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
London

4
days
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate 9/11 Memorial and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Times Square. Next up on the itinerary: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, see the interesting displays at New York Public Library, don't miss a visit to 61 Broadway, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Paul's Chapel.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our New York City online trip maker .

London, UK to New York City is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to New York City is minus 5 hours. In September, New York City is somewhat warmer than London - with highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C. On the 12th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral

2
days
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 13th (Thu), appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mission Beach Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Shores Park. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool, stroll through Black's Beach, and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip itinerary site .

Getting from New York City to San Diego by combination of bus and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. September in San Diego sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Watts Towers, then kick back and relax at Hermosa Beach Pier, and then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica Beach, then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cabrillo Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles holiday maker website .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Diego in September, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (35°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Hermosa Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier
Venice Canals Walkway ©
Venice Canals Walkway

1
day
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply referred to as Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach and then stroll through Point Lobos State Reserve.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Carmel day trip website .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Los Angeles to Carmel in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, expect Carmel to be little chillier, temps between 24°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach ©

3
days
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 China Beach and Baker Beach. Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Point Isabel, stroll through Fort Funston National Park, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Francisco holiday website .

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in San Francisco are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Point Isabel, Rodeo Beach
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
SS Jeremiah O'Brien
SS Jeremiah O'Brien
Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf

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