15 days in New York City, New Jersey & California’s Central Coast Itinerary

15 days in New York City, New Jersey & California’s Central Coast Itinerary

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15 days in New York City, New Jersey & California’s Central Coast Itinerary

Start: Nottingham
train + Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
New York City
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Seaside Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Cape May
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Princeton
— 2 nights
+2
train + Fly + bus:  10​h
5
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Cambria
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  16​h 15​min
End: Nottingham

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.
Shop till you drop at Fifth Avenue and Chelsea Market. Get some cultural insight at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Times Square. There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Central Park, steep yourself in history at Ellis Island, get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History, and make a trip to Empire State Building.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our New York City travel itinerary planner.

Nottingham, UK to New York City is an approximately 13-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. In June, New York City is somewhat warmer than Nottingham - with highs of 31°C and lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Seaside Park.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©

1
night
Seaside Park

Seaside Park ©
Seaside Park is a borough in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): stop by The Music Man Singing Ice Cream Shoppe, immerse yourself in nature at Island Beach State Park, and then kick back and relax at Seaside Park Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Seaside Park vacation maker .

Drive from New York City to Seaside Park in 2 hours. June in Seaside Park sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Cape May.

Things to do in Seaside Park

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Island Beach State Park, The Music Man Singing Ice Cream Shoppe
Highlights from your plan
Seaside Park Beach ©
Seaside Park Beach
Island Beach State Park ©
Island Beach State Park

2
nights
Cape May

Cape May ©
Cape May represents the other Jersey Shore--the one you don't see on TV--the one with a rich history and a refined, relaxed atmosphere.
On the 7th (Sun), kick back and relax at Ventnor City Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cape May City Beaches. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Stone Harbor Point, enjoy the sand and surf at North Wildwood Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cape May Point State Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cape May road trip site .

You can drive from Seaside Park to Cape May in 2 hours. When traveling from Seaside Park in June, plan for slightly colder days in Cape May, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Princeton.

Things to do in Cape May

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cape May Point State Park, Ventnor City Beach, Stone Harbor Point, North Wildwood Beach
Highlights from your plan
North Wildwood Beach ©
North Wildwood Beach
Cape May City Beaches ©
Cape May City Beaches

2
nights
Princeton

Princeton ©
Best known as the home of Princeton University, the town of Princeton centers around the Ivy League school and its stone, vine-covered buildings.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): look for gifts at Cheese on Main, enjoy the sand and surf at Ocean Grove Beach, and then have some family-friendly fun at Bury The Hatchet Princeton - Axe Throwing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Main Avenue Galleria and then stroll through Belmar Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Princeton itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Cape May to Princeton by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and tram; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, daytime highs in Princeton are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Princeton

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ocean Grove, Bury The Hatchet Princeton - Axe Throwing, Belmar Beach
Highlights from your plan
Ocean Grove Beach ©
Ocean Grove Beach
Main Avenue Galleria ©
Main Avenue Galleria

2
nights
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, then admire the majestic nature at Oxnard Beach Park, and then hike along Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Chocolate Maya, take a stroll through State Street Underpass, then kick back and relax at Arroyo Burro County Beach Park, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Carpinteria State Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and bus from Princeton to Santa Barbara takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Princeton to Santa Barbara. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Princeton in June: high temperatures in Santa Barbara hover around 26°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Carpinteria, Oxnard Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Oxnard Beach Park ©
Oxnard Beach Park

1
night
Cambria

Cambria ©
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). On the 13th (Sat), take in the exciting artwork at Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, then stroll through Moonstone Beach, and finally stop by Amphora Gallery.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cambria holiday builder app .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Cambria in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Santa Barbara, expect much hotter days and about the same nights in Cambria, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Piedras Blancas
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

1
night
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): stroll through Natural Bridges State Beach, stroll through Seacliff State Beach, and then stop by Bookshop Santa Cruz.

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Drive from Cambria to Santa Cruz in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Cambria in June, plan for cooler days in Santa Cruz, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Seacliff State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Seacliff State Beach ©
Seacliff State Beach
Natural Bridges State Beach ©
Natural Bridges State Beach
Bookshop Santa Cruz ©
Bookshop Santa Cruz

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