15 days in New York City & California Itinerary

15 days in New York City & California Itinerary

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15 days in New York City & California Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly + bus:  11​h 15​min
1
New York City
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  11​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h
3
Death Valley National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
San Simeon
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
5
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  14​h 45​min
End: Brussels

3
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets and Chelsea Market. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Met Cloisters and 9/11 Memorial. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at New York Public Library, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and shop like a local with SoHo.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our New York City online visit planner .

Brussels, Belgium to New York City is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Brussels to New York City. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Brussels in June: high temperatures in New York City hover around 31°C and lows are around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Brooklyn Heights Promenade, Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
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

2
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Bridalveil Fall and Glacier Point. Visiting Yosemite Falls and Panorama Trail will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and hike along Tuolumne Meadows.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planning app .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and car from New York City to Yosemite National Park in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Yosemite National Park, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in June, Yosemite National Park is cooler at night with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

1
day
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point and then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, you will find days in Death Valley National Park are a bit warmer (43°C), and nights are warmer (23°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our San Simeon online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to San Simeon takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in June, things will get a bit cooler in San Simeon: highs are around 39°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Monterey visit planner .

Getting from San Simeon to Monterey by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in June, you will find days in Monterey are much colder (23°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Carmel, Pfeiffer State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Appreciate the collections at Exploratorium and USS Pampanito. Get a sense of the local culture at Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, wander the streets of Union Square, make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace, and go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. June in San Francisco sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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