20 days in California & New York City Itinerary

20 days in California & New York City Itinerary

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20 days in California & New York City Itinerary

Start: Riyadh
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
St. Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h 30​min
7
New York City
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Riyadh

2
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.
Shop till you drop at Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Amoeba Music. Relax by the water at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Santa Monica (Santa Monica Farmers Market & Montana Avenue). And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, browse the different shops at The Grove, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Del Rey Beach, and examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Los Angeles is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -11 hour difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Riyadh in July, with highs in Los Angeles at 33°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach

4
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.
Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Taft Point and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at May Lake Trailhead, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park road trip planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect colder evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Los Angeles in July, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 9th (Tue), stop by The Cheese Shop, then kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel road trip planning website .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July: highs in Carmel hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Nature

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fisherman's Wharf and City Lights Booksellers. There's lots more to do: shop like a local with Union Square, kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
On the 13th (Sat), learn about winemaking at Inglenook, do a tasting at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, then learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, and finally learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the St. Helena trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to St. Helena takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in St. Helena, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries

Side Trips

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

2
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
On the 14th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Meeks Bay Beach, then stroll through Baldwin Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pope Beach. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Kiva Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at El Dorado Beach.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary planner .

Getting from St. Helena to South Lake Tahoe by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in South Lake Tahoe when traveling from St. Helena in July, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Meeks Bay Beach
Highlights from your plan
El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fifth Avenue and Times Square. Head to Shopping Girlfriend NYC and Kee's Chocolatesfor some retail therapy. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, go for a walk through Central Park, get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History, and appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument.

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the New York City trip builder website .

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to New York City by combination of bus and flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe to New York City, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter nights when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July since evenings lows in New York City dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Shopping Parks
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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