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: Sao Paulo
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
4
New York City
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Sao Paulo

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Six Flags Magic Mountain, Venice Beach and Boardwalk, Santa Monica Bay, and other attractions you added. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Griffith Observatory and Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles road trip planning website .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Los Angeles is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Los Angeles. Traveling from Sao Paulo in September, expect Los Angeles to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Six Flags Magic Mountain, Third Street Promenade
Highlights from your plan
Six Flags Magic Mountain ©
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Santa Monica Bay ©
Santa Monica Bay
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

1
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): hike along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, take some stellar pictures from Valley View, then view the masterpieces at Ansel Adams Gallery, and finally identify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park travel planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in September, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 27°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Ansel Adams Gallery ©
Ansel Adams Gallery
Valley View ©
Valley View

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Grace Cathedral, City Lights Booksellers, Lombard Street, and other attractions. On the 27th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral, contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers, then make a trip to Lombard Street, then get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square, and finally get a taste of local nightlife at Cityscape Lounge. Here are some ideas for day two: admire all the interesting features of Alcatraz Island, then buy something for everyone on your list at Ghirardelli Square, and then make a trip to Alamo Square.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip site .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Shopping Nature
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Union Square ©
Union Square

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Broadway, Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, Rockefeller Center, and other attractions. Shop till you drop at Fifth Avenue and Chelsea Market. Visit 9/11 Memorial and Brooklyn Heights Promenade for their historical value. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Washington Square Park, take in the pleasant sights at Times Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Chapel, and get a taste of the local shopping with SoHo.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the New York City holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to New York City in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in New York City, with lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Brooklyn, Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
Highlights from your plan
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
New York Public Library ©
New York Public Library
Brooklyn Heights Promenade ©
Brooklyn Heights Promenade

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