14 days in New York State & California Itinerary

14 days in New York State & California Itinerary

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New York City
— 3 nights
Fly
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cambria
— 1 night
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
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New York City

— 3 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Explore hidden gems such as St. Patrick's Cathedral and New York Public Library. There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, stroll around Central Park, explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and take some stellar pictures from Top of the Rock.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the New York City online tour itinerary planner.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to New York City is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Sao Paulo to New York City, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Sao Paulo in December, with highs in New York City at 10°C and lows at 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then wander the streets of Union Square. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then stroll through Lincoln Park, then take a peaceful walk through Muir Woods National Monument, and finally brush up on your military savvy at USS Pampanito.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary planning site.

Fly from New York City to San Francisco in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in December; daily highs in San Francisco reach 17°C and lows reach 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Carmel

— 2 nights
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. On the 27th (Sun), stroll through Carmel River State Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then snap pictures at Bixby Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, and then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls.

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You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. December in Carmel sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Cambria

— 1 night
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). Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, and then stroll through Moonstone Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cambria vacation maker tool.

You can drive from Carmel to Cambria in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Cambria, with lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Death Valley National Park

— 2 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): cruise along Artists Dr, then explore the activities along Badwater Basin, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Artists Palette. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Dante's View and then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park vacation maker website.

Drive from Cambria to Death Valley National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Traveling from Cambria in December, you will find days in Death Valley National Park are a bit cooler (15°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Yosemite National Park

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): stroll through Badger Pass Ski Area. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, then take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park route planning tool.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Death Valley National Park in December, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 9°C and lows at -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

New York State travel guide

4.5
Observation Decks · Scenic Walking Areas · Monuments
The Empire State
Home to the country's most populous city, the state of New York is a major gateway for immigration into the United States, but also one of the nation's prime holiday destinations. Take a trip down the state's numerous wilderness trails and scenic roads to visit quaint small towns, sandy beaches, historical estates, and artist colonies. Though the majority of visitors head for the big-city restaurants, theaters, and museums, you can venture deeper into the rugged and remote mountain areas to discover a world of picturesque forests, rivers, mountains, and lakes. New York also boasts the nation's largest forest preserve, encompassing much of the northeastern lobe of the state.

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.