15 days in San Francisco, Los Angeles & New York City Itinerary

15 days in San Francisco, Los Angeles & New York City Itinerary

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15 days in San Francisco, Los Angeles & New York City Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
3
New York City
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  26​h
End: Melbourne

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and get great views at Twin Peaks.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary planning app .

Melbourne, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Melbourne to San Francisco, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in November, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, get engrossed in the history at Autry Museum of the American West, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles travel planner .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, don't miss a visit to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, enjoy breathtaking views from Top of the Rock, and stroll around The High Line.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our New York City online tour itinerary builder .

Getting from Los Angeles to New York City by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles to New York City, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Los Angeles in December, plan for much colder days in New York City, with highs around 10°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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