12 days in New York City & California's Central Coast Itinerary

12 days in New York City & California's Central Coast Itinerary

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12 days in New York City & California's Central Coast Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly + bus:  18​h 45​min
1
New York City
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  11​h 15​min
2
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Santa Cruz
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  21​h
End: New Delhi

5
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.
Tribeca Sailing has been added to your itinerary. Relax by the water at Point Lookout Beach and Cupsogue Beach County Park. Get some cultural insight at Times Square and Hamilton Grange National Memorial. Venture out of the city with trips to Joel L. Lefkowitz Park at West Meadow Beach (in Stony Brook), Lido Beach (in Lido Beach) and Great Neck Steppingstone Park (in Great Neck). There's much more to do: browse the exhibits of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, grab your bike and head to East River Waterfront Esplanade, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and snap pictures at Brooklyn Bridge.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the New York City trip app .

New Delhi, India to New York City is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, subway, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from New Delhi to New York City. In August, New York City is little chillier than New Delhi - with highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in New York City

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lido Beach, Great Neck Steppingstone Park, Joel L. Lefkowitz Park at West Meadow Beach, Point Lookout Beach, Cupsogue Beach County Park
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Times Square ©
Times Square
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial

1
night
Santa Barbara

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
On the 19th (Mon), take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf, then wander the streets of State Street Underpass, then get a sense of history and politics at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, and finally admire the majestic nature at Carpinteria State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Santa Barbara travel route builder .

Getting from New York City to Santa Barbara by combination of flight and bus takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Santa Barbara, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in August, things will get little chillier in Santa Barbara: highs are around 28°C and lows about 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Carpinteria State Beach
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach

3
nights
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission. Get in touch with nature at Point Lobos and 17-Mile Drive. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Cruz: Pierce Ranch Vineyards Tasting Room (in Monterey) and Carmel Valley (Joullian Vineyards & Winery & Cima Collina).

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Cruz visit planner .

Getting from Santa Barbara to Santa Cruz by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. August in Santa Cruz sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Monterey, Carmel, Carmel Valley, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Joullian Vineyards & Winery ©
Joullian Vineyards & Winery

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