16 days in California & New York City Itinerary

16 days in California & New York City Itinerary

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16 days in California & New York City Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Pacific Grove
— 1 night
+3
shuttle + foot + Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h
4
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 15​min
6
New York City
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Singapore

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Golden Gate Bridge and Grace Cathedral for their historical value. Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with Exploratorium, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary planner .

Singapore, Singapore to San Francisco is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 16 hours traveling from Singapore to San Francisco. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Singapore in November: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 20°C and lows are around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Pacific Grove.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

1
night
Pacific Grove

Pacific Grove ©
Pacific Grove is a coastal city in Monterey County, California in the United States. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then admire the architecture and history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Pacific Grove journey planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Pacific Grove takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Pacific Grove

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Carmel
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

2
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, make a trip to Olmsted Point, get great views at Tunnel View, and trek along Panorama Trail.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car from Pacific Grove to Yosemite National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Pacific Grove in November, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are slightly colder (14°C), and nights are colder (-8°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

1
night
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, then hunt for treasures at Santa Monica Farmers Market, and finally shop like a local with Montana Avenue.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Santa Monica trip app .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Santa Monica by combination of car and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in November: highs in Santa Monica hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Beaches Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

2
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
On the 30th (Sat), pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and then snap pictures at Coronado Bridge. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Santa Monica to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In November in San Diego, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Ellis Island. 9/11 Memorial and St. Patrick's Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Fifth Avenue, learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History, take in panoramic vistas at One World Observatory, and see the interesting displays at New York Public Library.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our New York City road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Diego to New York City takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 3 hours. Traveling from San Diego in December, expect nights in New York City to be a bit cooler, around 2°C, while days are cooler, around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
American Museum of Natural History ©

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