17 days in New York City & California Itinerary

17 days in New York City & California Itinerary

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17 days in New York City & California Itinerary

London
Fly + bus:  10​h 45​min
New York City
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Santa Monica
— 4 nights
bus + Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 2 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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Fifth Avenue and Times Square. Shop till you drop at Kalustyan's and Economy Candy. There's lots more to do: explore the galleries of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Modern Art.

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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 moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in April: high temperatures in New York City hover around 19°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Shopping
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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 ©

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at La Jolla Cove and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Museum-lovers will appreciate USS Midway Museum and Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Children's Pool, tour the pleasant surroundings at Black's Beach, and stop by Little Italy Mercato.

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Traveling by combination of bus and flight from New York City to San Diego takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to San Diego. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in April; daily highs in San Diego reach 24°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Diego

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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

3
days
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Cabrillo Beach. Getty Center The Publications and Abbot Kinney Boulevard are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Monica: Hermosa Beach Pier (in Hermosa Beach) and Hollywood & Highland (in Los Angeles). The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Will Rogers State Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Monica Beach, and look for gifts at Bergamot Station.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Santa Monica trip planning app

Traveling by car from San Diego to Santa Monica takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. April in Santa Monica sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Carmel.

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Los Angeles, Hermosa Beach Pier
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Getty Center The Publications ©
Getty Center The Publications
Hermosa Beach Pier ©
Hermosa Beach Pier

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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. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): look for gifts at The Cheese Shop and then look for all kinds of wild species at Point Lobos State Reserve.

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Do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Santa Monica to Carmel in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of tram, train, and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Santa Monica in April: high temperatures in Carmel hover around 20°C and lows are around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Wildlife Beaches Outdoors
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Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
The Cheese Shop
The Cheese Shop

3
days
San Francisco

San Francisco
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks will appeal to history buffs. For shopping fun, head to Union Square or City Lights Booksellers & Publishers. There's much more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, wander the streets of SoMa, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

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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 April, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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