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: Rome
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + foot + bus:  5​h
3
Anaheim
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 15​min
5
New York City
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Rome

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden. Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, then take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, and finally step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary builder website .

Rome, Italy to San Francisco is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and subway. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 9 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Rome in August; daily highs in San Francisco reach 26°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

3
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, trek along Panorama Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Trail.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 32°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Anaheim.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

3
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Have a day of magic on the 20th (Tue) at Disneyland Park. Have a day of magic on the 21st (Wed) at Disney California Adventure Park. There's lots more to do: make an unforgettable trip to Downtown Disney, get your game on at The VOID, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Anaheim road trip planning tool .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Anaheim by combination of car, flight, and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Anaheim, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Downtown Disney ©
Downtown Disney

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 23rd (Fri), examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego and then tour the pleasant surroundings at San Diego Zoo. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at SeaWorld San Diego.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Diego day trip tool .

Drive from Anaheim to San Diego in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Anaheim in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in San Diego

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, take in panoramic vistas at Top of the Rock, pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, and choose your vessel at Tribeca Sailing.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City day trip 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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Diego to New York City. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in August: highs in New York City hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©

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