15 days in California & New York City Itinerary

15 days in California & New York City Itinerary

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15 days in California & New York City Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  8​h 45​min
4
New York City
— 4 nights
Train:  30​min
End: Newark

2
nights
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.
The Getty Center and Santa Monica Pier are good opportunities to explore the local culture. El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Hollywood Walk of Fame will appeal to history buffs. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Anaheim to see Disneyland Park about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles travel route builder site .

Newark to Los Angeles is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Newark to Los Angeles. In August in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Hollywood Walk of Fame ©
Hollywood Walk of Fame

4
nights
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.
Visiting Glacier Point and Vernal Fall will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, stroll through Nevada Falls Loop, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park road trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. Your inner history buff will appreciate Golden Gate Bridge and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, engage your brain at Exploratorium, wander the streets of SoMa, and walk around Golden Gate Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip website .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
SS Jeremiah O'Brien ©
SS Jeremiah O'Brien

4
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.
9/11 Memorial and St. Patrick's Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Statue of Liberty National Monument are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Paul's Chapel, learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History, and admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read New York City trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to New York City takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 3 hours. In August, New York City is a bit warmer than San Francisco - with highs of 84°F and lows of 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can catch the train back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Ellis Island ©
Ellis Island

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