10 days in California & New York City Itinerary

10 days in California & New York City Itinerary

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10 days in California & New York City Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h
2
New York City
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
3
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Melbourne

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, then kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach, and then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, look for gifts at Hollywood & Highland, then stop by Amoeba Music, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles travel itinerary planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and tram. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Melbourne to Los Angeles. In March, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): tour the water at your own pace with Narwhal Yacht Charters, meet the residents at Central Park Zoo, and then appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the pleasant sights at Times Square and then shop like a local with Fifth Avenue.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our New York City trip planning website .

Fly from Los Angeles to New York City in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Los Angeles to New York City. When traveling from Los Angeles in March, plan for much colder days in New York City, with highs around 11°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in New York City

Tours Neighborhoods Transportation
Highlights from your plan
Fifth Avenue ©
Fifth Avenue
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Times Square ©
Times Square

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night
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.
On the 20th (Wed), examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Diego trip maker site .

Getting from New York City to San Diego by combination of bus and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from New York City in March, you will find days in San Diego are a bit warmer (24°C), and nights are much hotter (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter

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night
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. Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, then get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row, and then hike along Point Lobos.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Carmel road trip planner .

Getting from San Diego to Carmel by combination of flight and bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from San Diego in March; daily highs in Carmel reach 20°C and lows reach 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Cannery Row
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 22nd (Fri), browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, see the interesting displays at Exploratorium, and then take a stroll through Union Square.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read San Francisco tour itinerary maker .

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. March in San Francisco sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Neighborhoods Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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