19 days in San Francisco, New York City & Washington DC Itinerary

19 days in San Francisco, New York City & Washington DC Itinerary

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19 days in San Francisco, New York City & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  14​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
New York City
— 4 nights
train:  4​h
3
Washington DC
— 3 nights
train:  4​h
4
New York City
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 30​min
5
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly:  17​h
End: Sydney

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, get answers to all your questions at Sausalito Ice House Visitors Center, and walk around Golden Gate Park.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Francisco tour planning website .

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -18 hour difference. In December, San Francisco is much colder than Sydney - with highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Sausalito Ice House Visitors Center
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Park ©
Golden Gate Park
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

4
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Brooklyn Bridge, O'Hara's Restaurant & Pub, Brookfield Place, and other attractions you added. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Rockefeller Center.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the New York City trip itinerary planner .

Getting from San Francisco to New York City by combination of flight and bus takes about 9 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco to New York City, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from San Francisco in December, with highs in New York City at 10°C and lows at 2°C. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Rockefeller Center ©
Rockefeller Center
Brooklyn Bridge ©
Brooklyn Bridge

3
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Your list of things to see and do now includes John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Georgetown, The Pentagon, and other attractions. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, ponder the world of politics at White House, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Washington DC trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Nightlife

Side Trip

Arlington National Cemetery
Highlights from your plan

5
nights
New York City

New York City ©
You've added Bryant Park, The Ride, Hudson River Park, and other attractions to your itinerary. Enjoy New York City some more: walk around Central Park, make a trip to Grand Central Terminal, examine the collection at New York Public Library, and admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Modern Art.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City road trip planning tool .

You can fly from Washington DC to New York City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Washington DC in January since evenings lows in New York City dip to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
New York Public Library ©
New York Public Library
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco
To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Francisco planning app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to San Francisco in 9 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from New York City to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. 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 warmer with lows around 9°C. You'll set off for home on the 11th (Sat).

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Tours Wineries

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