18 days in California & New York City Itinerary

18 days in California & New York City Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Fly to San Diego
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San Diego
— 3 nights
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New York City
— 5 nights
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Street Stairs, and step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco vacation planner.

Brisbane, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 18 hours. Traveling from Brisbane in December, expect San Francisco to be colder, temps between 17°C and 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

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.
categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. On the 24th (Sat), spend a scenic day exploring the area around Half Dome. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Yosemite Valley Chapel, and stroll through Nature Center at Happy Isles.

Before you visit Yosemite National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 9°C by day to -11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

San Diego

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo and then stroll around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our San Diego trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Yosemite National Park to San Diego with the Route module. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, expect San Diego to be much warmer, temps between 23°C and 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to New York City.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife · Outdoors

New York City

— 5 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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, get great views at Top of the Rock, wander the streets of Times Square, and admire the landmark architecture of Grand Central Terminal.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the New York City trip planner.

Traveling by flight from San Diego to New York City takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Diego to New York City due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder weather when traveling from San Diego in December: highs in New York City hover around 10°C, while lows dip to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Los Angeles.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Los Angeles

— 3 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 (Tue), learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, shop like a local with The Grove, then examine the collection at The Getty Center, then look for gifts at Bergamot Station, and finally take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): discover the magic at Disneyland Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from New York City to Los Angeles in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in January, expect Los Angeles to be much warmer, temps between 24°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping · Nightlife

Side Trips

California travel guide

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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.