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
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
2
New York City
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h
3
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Melbourne

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, then visit a coastal fixture at Fort Point, then delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument, and finally walk around Lincoln Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip website .

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Melbourne to San Francisco. Traveling from Melbourne in September, things will get somewhat warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Marin Headlands
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bushkill Falls and Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Venture out of the city with trips to Grounds For Sculpture (in Hamilton) and Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum (in Hyde Park). There's still lots to do: go for a walk through Central Park, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and don't miss a visit to The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the New York City travel itinerary planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to New York City in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Francisco to New York City due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in New York City when traveling from San Francisco in September, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hyde Park, Grounds For Sculpture, Bushkill Falls
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Bushkill Falls ©
Bushkill Falls
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

6
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Disney California Adventure Park and California Science Center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and Castle Rock Trail 1W03 (in Big Bear Lake). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Getty Center, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles journey planner.

Traveling by flight from New York City to Los Angeles takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Los Angeles is minus 3 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Anaheim, Castle Rock Trail 1W03, 26-Mile Bike Path
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

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