13 days in California & New York City Itinerary

13 days in California & New York City Itinerary

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13 days in California & New York City Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly + Drive:  19​h 15​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Cambria
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
4
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  12​h 15​min
5
New York City
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Barcelona

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night
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.
On the 2nd (Tue), take in the exciting artwork at Ansel Adams Gallery and then take some stellar pictures from Valley View. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA and then explore the activities along Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park tour itinerary planner .

Barcelona, Spain to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of flight, subway, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Barcelona to Yosemite National Park, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Barcelona in July, plan for colder nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Shopping
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Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Valley View ©
Valley View

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nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, then immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos. On the next day, take in the views from Bixby Bridge, then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Monterey online trip builder .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Monterey in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). On the 6th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cambria online trip builder .

You can drive from Monterey to Cambria in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. When traveling from Monterey in July, plan for much hotter days in Cambria, with highs around 40°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Cambria

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

San Simeon
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 7th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, and then get great views at Dante's View. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): cruise along Artists Dr and then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip maker site .

You can drive from Cambria to Death Valley National Park in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Cambria in July; daily highs in Death Valley National Park reach 45°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

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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.
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Brooklyn Heights Promenade will appeal to history buffs. Get outdoors at Bushkill Falls and Speed Boats Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near New York City: Benmarl Vineyards and Winery (in Marlboro) and Hyde Park (Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site & Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of The Met Cloisters, wander the streets of Washington Square Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the New York City trip website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Death Valley National Park to New York City in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Death Valley National Park to New York City is 3 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, you will find days in New York City are slightly colder (35°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hyde Park, Bushkill Falls, Benmarl Vineyards and Winery, Brooklyn Heights Promenade
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