19 days in California, Miami & New York City Itinerary

19 days in California, Miami & New York City Itinerary

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19 days in California, Miami & New York City Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
4
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
5
Miami
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
New York City
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Brisbane

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 13th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Baker Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): take a leisurely stroll along The Embarcadero and then enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Francisco travel itinerary planner.

Brisbane, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Brisbane to San Francisco. While traveling from Brisbane, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park
Baker Beach ©
Baker Beach
The Embarcadero ©
The Embarcadero

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Glacier Point. Spend the 18th (Sat) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at North Dome, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, get great views at Tunnel View, and make a trip to Yosemite Village.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park road trip planning website .

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 flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in May, Yosemite National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil 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.
We've included these beaches for you: Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach. Visiting Oak Canyon Nature Center and Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point) and Camera Obscura (in Santa Monica). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles visit planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, expect nights in Los Angeles to be warmer, around 17°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Oak Canyon Nature Center, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Oak Canyon Nature Center ©
Oak Canyon Nature Center

2
nights
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.
On the 22nd (Wed), examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step aboard Maritime Museum of San Diego and then meet the residents at San Diego Zoo.

To find out how to plan a trip to San Diego, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. May in San Diego sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Miami.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

2
nights
Miami

Miami ©
Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Get some cultural insight at Lincoln Road and The Wolfsonian - Florida International University. Visiting Shark Valley and South Beach will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Art Deco Historic District, see the interesting displays at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, contemplate the long history of Barnacle State Historic Site, and get a taste of the local shopping with Collins Avenue.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Miami using our trip planner.

Getting from San Diego to Miami by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Diego to Miami, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Diego in May, things will get a bit warmer in Miami: highs are around 36°C and lows about 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Miami

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Miami Beach, Shark Valley
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road
South Beach ©
South Beach
Art Deco Historic District ©
Art Deco Historic District

2
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.
Get some cultural insight at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Times Square. Step out of the city life by going to Bronx Zoo and East River Waterfront Esplanade. Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Central Park, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial, and enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building.

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

You can fly from Miami to New York City in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In May, New York City is little chillier than Miami - with highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Bronx Zoo
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Times Square ©
Times Square
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial

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