18 days in Washington State, California & New York City Itinerary

18 days in Washington State, California & New York City Itinerary

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18 days in Washington State, California & New York City Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
2
St. Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
6
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  8​h 15​min
7
New York City
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: London

1
night
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight and then explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Glasshouse Studio, then explore the world behind art at Seattle Art Museum, then get a taste of the local shopping with Pike Place Market, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Seattle vacation builder .

London, UK to Seattle is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 8 hours. In May, Seattle is somewhat warmer than London - with highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to St. Helena.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Seattle Art Museum ©
Seattle Art Museum

1
night
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): do a tasting at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, then do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, then see the interesting displays at Sharpsteen Museum, and finally do a tasting at Modus Operandi Cellars.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our St. Helena route maker website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Seattle to St. Helena takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, subway, and bus; or drive. When traveling from Seattle in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in St. Helena, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Sharpsteen Museum, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Sharpsteen Museum ©
Sharpsteen Museum

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Appreciate the collections at Exploratorium and Asian Art Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. And it doesn't end there: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, shop like a local with Union Square, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planning website .

Drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from St. Helena in May, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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. Spend the 31st (Fri) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, explore the striking landscape of Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, and make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 1°C in Yosemite National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Taft Point ©
Taft Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

3
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Getty Center and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. You'll explore and learn at Griffith Observatory and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach, examine the collection at The Nethercutt Collection, explore the world behind art at The Museum of Contemporary Art, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in June since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

1
night
San Diego

San Diego ©
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 5th (Wed): explore the galleries of Maritime Museum of San Diego and then hike along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read San Diego attractions planning app .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in June: highs in San Diego hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in San Diego

Trails Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History. 9/11 Memorial and St. Patrick's Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: take in the pleasant sights at Times Square, explore and take pictures at Central Park, explore the world behind art at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read New York City travel website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Diego to New York City takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Diego to New York City. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in June: highs in New York City hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
American Museum of Natural History ©

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