16 days in New York State & California Itinerary

16 days in New York State & California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States journey planner

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New York City
— 4 nights
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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San Simeon
— 1 night
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Carmel
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial. Step off the beaten path and head to Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and New York Public Library. Explore New York City's surroundings by going to Bushkill Falls (in Bushkill) and Woodbury Common Premium Outlets (in Central Valley). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, wander the streets of Dumbo, visit Greenwich Village, and shop like a local with SoHo.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our New York City trip planner.

New Delhi, India to New York City is an approximately 19-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10.5 hours traveling from New Delhi to New York City. While traveling from New Delhi, expect colder days and slightly colder nights in New York City, ranging from highs of 10°C to lows of 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Castello di Amorosa and Ferry Building Marketplace. Head to Mumm Napa and Union Squarefor some retail therapy. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, stroll around Presidio of San Francisco, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip builder website.

Fly from New York City to San Francisco in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. When traveling from New York City in January, plan for a bit warmer days in San Francisco, with highs around 17°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Wineries

Side Trips

San Simeon

— 1 night
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 5th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, look for gifts at Artifacts Gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, then learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, and finally take in the waterfront at San Simeon Pier.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Simeon online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to San Simeon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from San Francisco in January, San Simeon is slightly colder at night with lows of 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Wineries

Side Trip

Carmel

— 2 nights
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 6th (Mon): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, trek along Scenic Road Walkway, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Wyland Gallery Carmel. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the galleries of Carmel Mission, kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, then make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and finally stop by AiX.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Carmel trip planner.

Drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Carmel, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 3 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Badger Pass Ski Area and Glacier Point. Discover out-of-the-way places like Vernal Fall and Pothole Dome. Take a break from Yosemite National Park with a short trip to Bodie State Historic Park in Bridgeport, about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, take in the dramatic natural features at Cloud's Rest, and trek along May Lake Trailhead.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary app.

Getting from Carmel to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. While traveling from Carmel, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of -12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trip

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.