16 days in New York City, California & New Jersey Itinerary

16 days in New York City, California & New Jersey Itinerary

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16 days in New York City, California & New Jersey Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
New York City
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
2
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Drive:  8​h
4
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
+3
bus + Fly + tram + train:  11​h 30​min
5
Princeton
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  25​h
End: Manila, Luzon


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5
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at 9/11 Memorial and Greenwich Village. Get outdoors at Speed Boats Tours and Liberty State Park. Explore New York City's surroundings by going to Mountainside (Watchung Reservation & Trailside Nature & Science Center). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Washington Square Park, contemplate the long history of Federal Hall, make a trip to Statue of Liberty National Monument, and get a sense of history and politics at New York City Hall.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our New York City online trip planner .

Manila, Philippines to New York City is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Manila to New York City, you'll gain 13 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manila in October, expect nights in New York City to be much colder, around 16°C, while days are little chillier, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Mountainside, Brooklyn, The Outlet Collection - Jersey Gardens, Liberty State Park
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9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Brooklyn Heights Promenade ©
Brooklyn Heights Promenade
Greenwich Village ©
Greenwich Village

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Gray Whale Cove State Beach and Montara Point Lighthouse. Hiller Aviation Museum and Stanford Memorial Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Half Moon Bay (Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail & Mavericks) and San Gregorio State Beach (in San Gregorio). There's more to do: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from New York City to San Francisco by combination of bus and flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from New York City to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Half Moon Bay, San Gregorio State Beach, Stanford Memorial Church, Montara Point Lighthouse, Hiller Aviation Museum
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Gray Whale Cove State Beach ©
Gray Whale Cove State Beach
Montara Point Lighthouse ©
Montara Point Lighthouse
San Gregorio State Beach ©
San Gregorio 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.
Get in touch with nature at Taft Point and Glacier Point. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Sentinel Dome and Olmsted Point. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Yosemite Valley Chapel, identify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and trek along Tuolumne Meadows.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park visit planning tool .

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 flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in October, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 22°C by day to -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine, then get engrossed in the history at The Ranch at Furnace Creek, then explore the striking landscape at The Devil's Speedway, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the stunning scenery at Twenty Mule Team Canyon and then take in the awesome beauty at Panamint Range.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in October: highs in Death Valley National Park hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Princeton.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Panamint Range ©
Panamint Range
Twenty Mule Team Canyon ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon
The Ranch at Furnace Creek ©
The Ranch at Furnace Creek

1
day
Princeton

Princeton ©
Best known as the home of Princeton University, the town of Princeton centers around the Ivy League school and its stone, vine-covered buildings.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Baps Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, admire all the interesting features of Princeton University, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Princeton University Chapel, then explore the world behind art at Princeton University Art Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Nassau Hall.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Princeton road trip website .

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Princeton by combination of bus and flight takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Death Valley National Park to Princeton, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in October, plan for slightly colder days in Princeton, with highs around 23°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Princeton

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Baps Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
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Baps Shri Swaminarayan Mandir ©
Baps Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
Princeton University Art Museum ©
Princeton University Art Museum
Princeton University Chapel ©
Princeton University Chapel

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