16 days in New York City & California Itinerary

16 days in New York City & California Itinerary

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16 days in New York City & California Itinerary

Start: New York City
1
New York City
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  11​h 45​min
2
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  11​h 15​min
End: New York City

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.
Visit Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site for their historical value. Attractions like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and New York Public Library make great kid-friendly stops. Explore New York City's surroundings by going to Peters Valley Gallery (in Layton) and Bushkill Falls (in Bushkill). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The Met Cloisters, examine the collection at Ground Zero Museum Workshop, appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the New York City day trip tool .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to New York City. In June in New York City, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Hyde Park, Peters Valley Gallery, Bushkill Falls
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Bushkill Falls ©
Bushkill Falls

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest and then explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree and then explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from New York City to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is minus 3 hours. When traveling from New York City in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with highs around 94°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the San Simeon trip planner .

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June since evenings lows in San Simeon dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

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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. On the 13th (Thu), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, and then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then explore the activities along Monterey Bay.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Carmel trip itinerary planner.

Drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in June, you will find days in Carmel are cooler (68°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Muir Woods National Monument and San Francisco Bay. For shopping fun, head to Exploratorium or Ferry Building Marketplace. There's lots more to do: explore and take pictures at Alcatraz Island, wander the streets of Union Square, get to know the fascinating history of Twin Peaks, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read San Francisco travel route planner.

Getting from Carmel to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In June in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Taft Point and Sentinel Dome. Escape the urban bustle at Panorama Trail and Tuolumne Meadows. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Lembert Dome, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and get great views at Tunnel View.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park travel route app .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in June: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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