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

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

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

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  8​h 45​min
2
New York City
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
3
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step off the beaten path and head to California State Railroad Museum and Walt Disney Family Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville), Charles M. Schulz Museum (in Santa Rosa) and Sacramento (Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament & Crocker Art Museum). Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take a stroll through Cow Hollow, and see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your San Francisco trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

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 October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Sacramento, Marin Headlands, Charles M. Schulz Museum, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
California State Railroad Museum ©
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt and The Met Cloisters. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and Food Tours. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, examine the collection at Ground Zero Museum Workshop, get to know the fascinating history of Brooklyn Heights Promenade, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our New York City planning website .

Do a combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to New York City in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco to New York City, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, daytime highs in New York City are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Hyde Park, Brooklyn Heights Promenade
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. Explore hidden gems such as The Getty Center and Mission San Juan Capistrano. Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Huntington Beach Pier in Huntington Beach--about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Battleship USS Iowa BB-61, examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and admire the striking features of Bradbury Building.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles online attractions planner .

Fly from New York City to Los Angeles in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to Los Angeles. Traveling from New York City in October, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Mission San Juan Capistrano, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Huntington Beach Pier, The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens
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