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.
Visiting Alcatraz Island and Bodega Dunes will get you outdoors. Shop till you drop at Exploratorium and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Sonoma Coast State Beach in Sonoma, approximately 1h 35 min away. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and kick back and relax at Baker Beach.

To find out how to plan a trip to San Francisco, use our trip itinerary maker.

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. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to San Francisco is minus 18 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in June: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 25°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bodega Dunes, Sonoma Coast State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

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.
Attractions like Central Park and American Museum of Natural History make great kid-friendly stops. Head to Fifth Avenue and FAO Schwarzfor plenty of shopping. There's lots more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Times Square, take in the views from Brooklyn Bridge, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument, and enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our New York City day trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to New York City in 9 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco to New York City, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, New York City is a bit warmer than San Francisco - with highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

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 ©

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.
Head to The Grove and Amoeba Musicfor plenty of shopping. Kids will appreciate attractions like Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Royal Palms State Beach, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and explore the activities along Santa Monica Bay.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip itinerary maker website .

Fly from New York City to Los Angeles in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Los Angeles, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from New York City in July, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach

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