20 days in California & New York City Itinerary

20 days in California & New York City Itinerary

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20 days in California & New York City Itinerary

Amsterdam
Fly:  13​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
St. Helena
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
Carmel
— 1 night
taxi + Fly + bus:  10​h 30​min
New York City
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  11​h 30​min
Amsterdam

4
days
San Francisco

San Francisco
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fisherman's Wharf and Twin Peaks. Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and City Lights Booksellers & Publishers are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, wander the streets of SoMa, stroll through Fort Funston National Park, and take in the waterfront at The Embarcadero.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip builder site .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to San Francisco is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 9 hours. In August, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

2
days
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Inglenook, then do a tasting at Far Niente Winery, then learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at V. Sattui. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Schramsberg Vineyards, and then identify plant and animal life at Safari West.

To see ratings and other tourist information, use the St. Helena driving holiday planning tool .

Getting from San Francisco to St. Helena by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of subway and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in August: highs in St. Helena hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Oakville, Safari West, Inglenook, Schramsberg Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Safari West ©
Safari West
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards

5
days
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Tuolumne Meadows and Glacier Point. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, trek along Lembert Dome, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and explore the activities along Gaylor Lake.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary tool .

Getting from St. Helena to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, subway, and taxi. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from St. Helena in August, with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

few
hours
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. Plan a Carmel trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Wildlife Trails
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve

5
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 The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Statue of Liberty National Monument. Your inner history buff will appreciate 9/11 Memorial and Ellis Island. Step out of New York City with an excursion to Gateway National Recreation in Sandy Hook--about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Times Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Paul's Chapel, get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History, and admire the landmark architecture of Trinity Church.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Carmel to New York City by combination of taxi, flight, and bus takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Carmel to New York City is 3 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Carmel in August, with highs in New York City at 34°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Gateway National Recreation
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

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