28 days in New York City & California Itinerary

28 days in New York City & California Itinerary

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28 days in New York City & California Itinerary

Start: Bern
+2
train + Fly + bus:  12​h 15​min
New York City
— 7 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
San Diego
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Laguna Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly + train:  15​h 45​min
End: Bern

7
nights
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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Central Park, learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History, take in the pleasant sights at The High Line, and don't miss a visit to Grand Central Terminal.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the New York City road trip planning tool .

Bern, Switzerland to New York City is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of train, flight, and bus. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Bern to New York City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bern in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in New York City, with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in New York City

#Museums, #Parks, #Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building

5
nights
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.
We've included these beaches for you: La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. Change things up with a short trip to Moonlight Beach in Encinitas (about 30 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool, stroll through Coronado Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego tour itinerary builder website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from New York City to San Diego takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to San Diego is minus 3 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from New York City in April: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 25°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Laguna Beach.

Things to do in San Diego

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Moonlight State Beach, Coronado Beach
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

3
nights
Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach ©
Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): discover the magic at Disneyland Park. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Corona Del Mar State Beach, take in the waterfront at Main Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Laguna Beach.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Laguna Beach sightseeing site .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Laguna Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Laguna Beach

#Theme Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Corona Del Mar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Corona Del Mar State Beach ©
Corona Del Mar State Beach
Main Beach ©
Main Beach

3
nights
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Hermosa Beach Pier. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Monica: Cabrillo Beach (in Los Angeles) and Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway, and immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica Beach.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Santa Monica trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Laguna Beach to Santa Monica in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and tram; or do a combination of bus and tram. May in Santa Monica sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Santa Monica

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Hermosa Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach
Manhattan Beach ©
Manhattan Beach

3
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. You'll get in some beach time at Point Lobos State Reserve and Asilomar State Beach. Step out of Carmel to go to Big Sur and see Pfeiffer State Beach, which is approximately 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at San Carlos Cathedral, kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and don't miss a visit to Lovers Point.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Carmel trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Santa Monica to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Santa Monica in May, expect Carmel to be a bit cooler, temps between 21°C and 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, San Carlos Cathedral, Pfeiffer State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Baker Beach and Fort Funston National Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Miramar Beach (in Half Moon Bay), Montara State Beach (in Montara) and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach). The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, have fun and explore at Exploratorium, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Embarcadero.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco itinerary builder website .

Getting from Carmel to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. May in San Francisco sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Miramar Beach
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Baker Beach ©
Baker Beach

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