36 days in New York City & California Itinerary

36 days in New York City & California Itinerary

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36 days in New York City & California Itinerary

Boracay
ferry + Fly + bus:  27​h
New York City
— 8 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h
San Diego
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Los Angeles
— 8 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly + ferry:  20​h 45​min
Boracay

7
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.
Appreciate the collections at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fifth Avenue and 9/11 Memorial. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Central Park, admire the landmark architecture of Empire State Building, get engrossed in the history at Ellis Island, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the New York City tour planner

Boracay, Philippines to New York City is an approximately 27-hour combination of ferry, flight, and bus. You can also do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. Traveling from Boracay to New York City, you'll gain 13 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Boracay in April; daily highs in New York City reach 19°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in New York City

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

5
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate USS Midway Museum and Timken Museum of Art. Pack the 8th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter, admire the natural beauty at Balboa Park, admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, and look for all kinds of wild species at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Diego online trip itinerary builder

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. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Diego, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
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San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Maritime Museum of San Diego
Maritime Museum of San Diego

7
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.
Head to The Grove and Abbot Kinney Boulevardfor plenty of shopping. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Getty Center The Publications and Santa Monica Pier. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Santa Monica (Bergamot Station & Montana Avenue) and Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 14th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: stop by Amoeba Music, examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles day trip planning site

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. May in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Getty Center The Publications ©
Getty Center The Publications
Disney California Adventure Park
Disney California Adventure Park

1
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. On the 16th (Wed), stop by The Cheese Shop and then look for all kinds of wild species at Point Lobos State Reserve.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Carmel tour itinerary website

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Los Angeles to Carmel takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in May; daily highs in Carmel reach 21°C and lows reach 12°C. On the 17th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
The Cheese Shop
The Cheese Shop

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark and Yosemite Museum Gallery. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, contemplate the waterfront views at Gaylor Lake, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bridalveil Fall, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park visit site

Getting from Carmel to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in May, Yosemite National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

6
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Exploratorium and de Young Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to Petaluma to see Seed Bank about 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, take a stroll through Union Square, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco road trip planner

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, with lows around 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Seed Bank
Highlights from your plan
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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