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

Manchester
Fly:  11​h
New York City
— 4 nights
bus + Fly + taxi:  10​h 30​min
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
Manchester

3
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History. Get a sense of the local culture at Fifth Avenue and Statue of Liberty National Monument. There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, hunt for treasures at Chelsea Market, and look for gifts at Strand Bookstore.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City itinerary builder.

Manchester, UK to New York City is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from Manchester to New York City, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in August: high temperatures in New York City hover around 34°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
American Museum of Natural History ©
American Museum of Natural History

2
days
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 (Fri): look for gifts at The Cheese Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Carmel Bay Company, then stroll through Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel travel planner.

Getting from New York City to Carmel by combination of bus, flight, and taxi takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. In August, Carmel is slightly colder than New York City - with highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Big Sur
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Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

3
days
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Elephant Seal Rookery and Piedras Blancas. Do your shopping at Shell Shop Inc and Sebastian General Store. Change things up with a short trip to Morro Rock in Morro Bay (about 38 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Friends of Hearst Castle, look for gifts at Red Moose Cookie Company, stroll through William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, and kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Simeon trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Carmel in August, plan for little chillier days in San Simeon, with highs around 18°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Morro Bay, Cambria
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of Hearst Castle ©
Friends of Hearst Castle
Piedras Blancas
Piedras Blancas

4
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods National Monument. Let the collections at Exploratorium and SS Jeremiah O'Brien capture your imagination. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Union Square, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and get a taste of the local shopping with City Lights Booksellers & Publishers.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco itinerary planner.

Getting from San Simeon to San Francisco by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from San Simeon in August, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit warmer (26°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Union Square ©
Union Square
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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