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: New York City
bus + Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 45​min
7
New York City
— 2 nights
End: New York City

1
night
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary planner .

New York City to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is an approximately 12-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. While traveling from New York City, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 94°F to lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock

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night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Simeon trip planning website .

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in San Simeon when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June, with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

2
nights
Carmel

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. Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Point Lobos, and then explore the activities along Monterey Bay.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Carmel trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in June, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are cooler, around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Muir Woods National Monument and Twin Peaks. Do some cultural sightseeing at Exploratorium and Fisherman's Wharf. There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Alcatraz Island, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, shop like a local with Union Square, and contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner .

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Nature Museums

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Taft Point and Sentinel Dome. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Panorama Trail and Vernal Fall. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and get great views at Tunnel View.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in June: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles route site .

Do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, Los Angeles is a bit warmer at night with lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

2
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 cultural itinerary includes sights like The Met Cloisters and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Museum-lovers will get to explore 9/11 Memorial and Ground Zero Museum Workshop. Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Central Park, get to know the fascinating history of Brooklyn Heights Promenade, hunt for treasures at Chelsea Market, and walk around World Trade Center's Liberty Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read New York City journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to New York City takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. June in New York City sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Brooklyn Heights Promenade
Highlights from your plan
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Met Cloisters ©
The Met Cloisters

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