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: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  19​h 30​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  5​h 15​min
2
Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Carmel
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  11​h 30​min
4
New York City
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Sydney

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Glacier Point and Tunnel View. Take a break from the city and head to Bodie State Historic Park and Mono Lake County Park. Spend the 22nd (Fri) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, trek along North Dome, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip maker site .

Sydney, Australia to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, subway, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Sydney to Yosemite National Park, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in November; daily highs in Yosemite National Park reach 14°C and lows reach -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mono Lake County Park, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

2
nights
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). You'll discover tucked-away gems like Elephant Seal Rookery and Hearst Castle. Fiona Bleu Gallery and Piedras Blancas Light Station are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Morro Rock (in Morro Bay), Jack Creek Celllars (in Templeton) and McPrice Myers Winery (in Paso Robles). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, stroll through William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, identify plant and animal life at Piedras Blancas, and look for gifts at Cambria Nursery & Florist.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cambria online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Cambria takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in November, expect nights in Cambria to be much hotter, around 5°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

San Simeon, Morro Bay, Jack Creek Celllars, McPrice Myers Winery
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

3
nights
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. Do some cultural sightseeing at Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery and Gallery by the Sea Carmel. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Point Lobos and Pfeiffer State Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sur (Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park & McWay Falls). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, explore and take pictures at Seventeen Mile Drive, and do a tasting at Dawn's Dream Winery.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip planner .

You can drive from Cambria to Carmel in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Cambria in November, plan for slightly colder days in Carmel, with highs around 21°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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.
You'll explore and learn at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Fifth Avenue and SoHo. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at 9/11 Memorial, take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, explore the world behind art at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read New York City day trip tool .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Carmel to New York City in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. When traveling from Carmel in November, plan for slightly colder days in New York City, with highs around 16°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to San Francisco.

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
Frick Collection ©
Frick Collection

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get a sense of the local culture at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like City Lights Booksellers and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, about 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Union Square, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary website .

Getting from New York City to San Francisco by combination of bus and flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Traveling from New York City in December, expect San Francisco to be a bit warmer, temps between 17°C and 8°C. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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