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

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

Created using Inspirock United States vacation planner

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San Francisco
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New York City
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Los Angeles
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San Francisco

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Baker Beach. Attractions like Fisherman's Wharf and Ferry Building Marketplace make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Sonoma Coast State Beach (in Sonoma) and Bodega Dunes (in Bodega). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, get curious at Exploratorium, get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square, and kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online trip maker.

Melbourne, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to San Francisco, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in June; daily highs in San Francisco reach 25°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

New York City

— 3 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Head to Fifth Avenue and FAO Schwarzfor some retail therapy. Family-friendly places like Central Park and Statue of Liberty National Monument will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Times Square, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History, and take in the views from Brooklyn Bridge.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our New York City online visit planner.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to New York City takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway, train, and bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in July, with highs in New York City at 35°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Los Angeles

— 4 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kids will enjoy Santa Monica State Beach and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Relax by the water at Santa Monica Bay and Royal Palms State Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim (about 36 minutes away). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Will Rogers State Beach, stop by Amoeba Music, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and shop like a local with The Grove.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles sightseeing planner.

Fly from New York City to Los Angeles in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Los Angeles is minus 3 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from New York City in July since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Nature

Side Trips