26 days in San Francisco, Los Angeles & New York City Itinerary

26 days in San Francisco, Los Angeles & New York City Itinerary

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26 days in San Francisco, Los Angeles & New York City Itinerary

Melbourne
Fly:  20​h
San Francisco
— 3 nights
fly:  12​h
Los Angeles
— 11 nights
Fly:  9​h
New York City
— 9 nights
Fly:  27​h
Melbourne

3
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
California State Railroad Museum and Old Sacramento are good opportunities to explore the local culture. California Academy of Sciences and Walt Disney Family Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Limantour Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore--about 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at China Beach, get curious at Exploratorium, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read San Francisco day trip website .

Melbourne, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Pacific Standard Time is minus 18 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco, with lows around 15°C. On the 6th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Museums, #Childrens Museums, #Parks

Side Trips

Sacramento, Limantour Beach
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Limantour Beach ©
Limantour Beach
California State Railroad Museum ©
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

10
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Carpinteria State Beach and Laguna Beach. For shopping fun, head to Bart's Books or VOM FASS Ventura. Venture out of the city with trips to Santa Monica (Magicopolis, Montana Avenue, & more), Seaside Gardens (in Carpinteria) and Irvine Spectrum Center (in Irvine). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, stroll through Crystal Cove, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Melrose Trading Post.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary planning app .

Do a combination of flight and train from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in October, expect Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Wed) before leaving for New York City.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Shopping, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Ventura, Laguna Beach, Carpinteria, Mission San Juan Capistrano
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Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

9
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.
For shopping fun, head to Fifth Avenue or Callie's Candy Kitchen. Take a break from the city and head to Ocean Grove Beach and Bushkill Falls. You'll find plenty of places to visit near New York City: Upper Delaware River (in Narrowsburg), Worthington State Forest (in Columbia) and House Of Candles (in Henryville). And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, admire the majestic nature at Swartswood State Park, step off the mainland to explore Fire Island National Seashore, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read New York City vacation maker app .

Getting from Los Angeles to New York City by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in October, things will get little chillier in New York City: highs are around 24°C and lows about 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

The Celery Farm, Callie's Candy Kitchen, Upper Delaware River, House Of Candles, Belmar Beach
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Fifth Avenue ©
Fifth Avenue
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral

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