17 days in New York City, Florida & California Itinerary

17 days in New York City, Florida & California Itinerary

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17 days in New York City, Florida & California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
New York City
— Few hours
Bus + Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Sanibel Island
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  3​h
3
Key West
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Marathon, Florida Keys
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
5
Islamorada
— 2 nights
+2
Shuttle + Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
6
St. Augustine
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
7
Panama City Beach
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  14​h 15​min
8
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: London

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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.
For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the New York City trip itinerary app .

London, UK to New York City is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to New York City due to the time zone difference. In November, daytime highs in New York City are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sanibel Island.

Things to do in New York City

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Chelsea Market ©
Chelsea Market

1
night
Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island ©
Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): identify plant and animal life at J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge and then kick back and relax at Bowman's Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): look for gifts at B Unique Boutique, then stop by Sanibel Seashell Industries, then look for gifts at Bailey's General Store, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Myers Beach.

Discover how to plan a Sanibel Island trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from New York City to Sanibel Island in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from New York City in November, you will find days in Sanibel Island are much warmer (32°C), and nights are a bit warmer (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Key West.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Fort Myers Beach
Highlights from your plan
Bailey's General Store ©
Bailey's General Store
Bowman's Beach ©
Bowman's Beach

2
nights
Key West

Key West ©
Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
On the 23rd (Fri), cruise along The Overseas Highway, then take an in-depth tour of Truman Little White House, then immerse yourself in nature at Fort Zachary Taylor, and finally stop by De La Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, stop by Isle Cook Key West, stop by Kermit's Key West Key Lime Shoppe, then get a taste of the local shopping with KEPart Studio-Gallery, and finally stop by Key West Local Luxe.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Key West online visit planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Sanibel Island to Key West in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Sanibel Island in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Key West, with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Marathon.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
The Overseas Highway ©
The Overseas Highway
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Kermit's Key West Key Lime Shoppe ©
Kermit's Key West Key Lime Shoppe

2
nights
Marathon, Florida Keys

Marathon ©
A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): stroll through Sombrero Beach, identify plant and animal life at The Turtle Hospital, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bahia Honda State Park. Keep things going the next day: stop by Bayshore Clothing, then identify plant and animal life at Dolphin Research Center, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sunset Park Beach.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Marathon road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Key West to Marathon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Marathon sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Islamorada.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bahia Honda State Park, Sunset Park Beach
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin Research Center ©
Dolphin Research Center
The Turtle Hospital ©
The Turtle Hospital
Sunset Park Beach ©
Sunset Park Beach

2
nights
Islamorada

Islamorada ©
Islamorada, long recognized as one of the world's top spots for sport fishing, encompasses six islands in the Florida Keys.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): look for gifts at Ocean Gardens, get outside with Takedown Charters, and then get to know the fascinating history of Indian Key State Historic Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Bella Sol Fragrance Bar and Gifts, view the masterpieces at Old Road Gallery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Islamorada trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Marathon to Islamorada by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In November in Islamorada, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to St. Augustine.

Things to do in Islamorada

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Key Largo
Highlights from your plan
Takedown Charters ©
Takedown Charters
Old Road Gallery ©
Old Road Gallery

1
night
St. Augustine

St. Augustine ©
SAINT AUGUSTINE | PONTE VEDRA on Florida's Historic Coast The Nation's oldest city (est. On the 29th (Thu), look for gifts at Faux Paws, get engrossed in the history at St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at St. Augustine Beach, and finally sample the fine beverages at St. Augustine Distillery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fort Matanzas National Monument.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read St. Augustine tour itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Islamorada to St. Augustine takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Islamorada in November; daily highs in St. Augustine reach 26°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Panama City Beach.

Things to do in St. Augustine

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Fort Matanzas National Monument ©
Fort Matanzas National Monument
St. Augustine Beach ©
St. Augustine Beach

1
night
Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach ©
Boasting 43 km (27 mi) of white sandy beaches and plenty of sunshine, Panama City Beach is an ideal choice for a relaxing holiday.
On the 1st (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Panama City Beach, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Frost Pottery Garden, and then stop by Little Village. Keep things going the next day: browse the fresh offerings at 30A Farmers Market, look for gifts at Sundog Books, then immerse yourself in nature at Camp Helen State Park, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Pier Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Panama City Beach route planner .

Drive from St. Augustine to Panama City Beach in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Traveling from St. Augustine in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Panama City Beach, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Panama City Beach

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Camp Helen State Park, Sundog Books, 30A Farmers Market, Frost Pottery Garden
Highlights from your plan
Frost Pottery Garden ©
Frost Pottery Garden
Camp Helen State Park ©
Camp Helen State Park
Pier Park ©
Pier Park

2
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Hearst Castle and Piedras Blancas Light Station. Head to Cambria Nursery & Florist and Sebastian General Storefor plenty of shopping. Explore San Simeon's surroundings by going to Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, & more). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and look for gifts at Lucia Apothecary.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Simeon road trip planning site .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Panama City Beach to San Simeon in 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, train, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Panama City Beach to San Simeon, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Panama City Beach in December: high temperatures in San Simeon hover around 20°C and lows are around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cambria, Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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