16 days in New York State & California Itinerary

16 days in New York State & California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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New York City
— 4 nights
Fly
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San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 1 night
Drive
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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New York City

— 4 nights

Big Apple

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 Yunhong Chopsticksfor plenty of shopping. 9/11 Memorial and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) will appeal to museum buffs. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Times Square, admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Paul's Chapel, and see the interesting displays at New York Public Library.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the New York City travel planning site.

Amritsar, India to New York City is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10.5 hours traveling from Amritsar to New York City. While traveling from Amritsar, expect cooler days and a bit cooler nights in New York City, ranging from highs of 10°C to lows of 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

San Diego

— 2 nights

America's Finest City

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Lions, Tigers & Bears and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Diego driving holiday site.

Fly from New York City to San Diego in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to San Diego is minus 3 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in December, with highs in San Diego at 23°C and lows at 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Los Angeles

— 2 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
On the 3rd (Fri), see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and finally stop by Whimsic Alley. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Oak Canyon Nature Center and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome, identify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, get a taste of the local shopping with Yosemite Museum Gallery, and then make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park online route planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in January; daily highs in Yosemite National Park reach 7°C and lows reach -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Carmel

— 1 night
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 7th (Tue), immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, and finally stop by AiX.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Carmel day trip website.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in January: highs in Carmel hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Beaches · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 8th (Wed), snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, then stop by City Lights Booksellers, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip app.

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in San Francisco are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Nature

New York State travel guide

4.5
Observation Decks · Scenic Walking Areas · Monuments
The Empire State
Home to the country's most populous city, the state of New York is a major gateway for immigration into the United States, but also one of the nation's prime holiday destinations. Take a trip down the state's numerous wilderness trails and scenic roads to visit quaint small towns, sandy beaches, historical estates, and artist colonies. Though the majority of visitors head for the big-city restaurants, theaters, and museums, you can venture deeper into the rugged and remote mountain areas to discover a world of picturesque forests, rivers, mountains, and lakes. New York also boasts the nation's largest forest preserve, encompassing much of the northeastern lobe of the state.

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.