16 days in California & New York State Itinerary

16 days in California & New York State Itinerary

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16 days in California & New York State Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  8​h 15​min
6
New York City
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: New Delhi

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fisherman's Wharf and Chinatown. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Union Square, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers, and make a trip to Nob Hill.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary maker .

New Delhi, India to San Francisco is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New Delhi to San Francisco is minus 13 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from New Delhi in May; daily highs in San Francisco reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Carmel journey planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May in Carmel, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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.
Visiting Glacier Point and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area will get you outdoors. Spend the 23rd (Thu) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, stroll through Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and explore the striking landscape at North Dome.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park day trip planning site .

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Carmel in May since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park ©
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Will Rogers State Beach, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and then stop by Amoeba Music. On your second day here, examine the collection at The Getty Center, then take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and then take a stroll through Montana Avenue.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Montana Avenue
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach

1
night
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 26th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego visit site .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, daytime highs in San Diego are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

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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.
Head to Fifth Avenue and SoHofor plenty of shopping. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial. There's much more to do: make a trip to Times Square, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument, go for a walk through Central Park, and admire the landmark architecture of Empire State Building.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our New York City trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from San Diego to New York City in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Diego to New York City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Diego in May, New York City is little chillier at night with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Times Square ©
Times Square
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial

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