15 days in San Francisco & New York City Itinerary

15 days in San Francisco & New York City Itinerary

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15 days in San Francisco & New York City Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  29​h
1
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
2
New York City
— 6 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Cape Town

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Union Square and Ferry Building Marketplace. Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to Napa to see Wine Tours & Tastings about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, wander the streets of SoMa, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and get great views at Twin Peaks.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco travel route planning tool .

Cape Town, South Africa to San Francisco is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 10 hours. In June, San Francisco is a bit warmer than Cape Town - with highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Beaches

Side Trips

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

6
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 inner history buff will appreciate Gateway National Recreation and Ellis Island. Get some cultural insight at Fifth Avenue and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Change things up with a short trip to Ponquogue Beach in Hampton Bays (about 2 hours away). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Times Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, make a trip to Statue of Liberty National Monument, and admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the New York City trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to New York City takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, flight, and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 3 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in July, things will get somewhat warmer in New York City: highs are around 35°C and lows about 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ponquogue Beach, Gateway National Recreation
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
American Museum of Natural History ©

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