20 days in California, New Orleans & New York City Itinerary

20 days in California, New Orleans & New York City Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
2
Big Sur
— 1 night
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
4
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
5
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
6
New Orleans
— 3 nights
7
New York City
— 2 nights

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visiting Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Fishing Charters & Tours will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Muir Woods National Monument and Modus Operandi Cellars. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, visit Fisherman's Wharf, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Street Stairs, and steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco online road trip planner.

Edinburgh, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Edinburgh in July; daily highs in San Francisco reach °C and lows reach °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Modus Operandi Cellars, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Muir Woods National Monument
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Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 5th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach.

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You can drive from San Francisco to Big Sur in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In July in Big Sur, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

2
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, thenexplore and take pictures at Moonstone Beach Dr, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station, look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal, and then stroll through Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read San Simeon itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to San Simeon takes 2 hours. Traveling from Big Sur in July, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around °C, while days are warmer, around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cambria
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 8th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of The Ranch at Furnace Creek, contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, and then admire all the interesting features of Artists Dr. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, thentake some stellar pictures from Dante's View, and then don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

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Getting from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Traveling from San Simeon in July, things will get a bit warmer in Death Valley National Park: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr

2
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. Explore hidden gems such as Yosemite, Tunnel View and Taft Point. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, hike along Lembert Dome, and take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip builder tool.

Traveling by bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 6 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be much colder, around °C, while days are slightly colder, around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

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nights
New Orleans

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ultimate Swamp Adventures and Global Wildlife Center. Take a break from the city and head to Insta-Gator Ranch & Hatchery and Mike the Tiger's Habitat. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District, walk around Woldenberg Park, sample the fine beverages at Old New Orleans Rum Distillery, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the New Orleans trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to New Orleans by combination of bus and train takes about 60 hours. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Yosemite National Park to New Orleans due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July since evenings lows in New Orleans dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in New Orleans

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Insta-Gator Ranch & Hatchery, Ultimate Swamp Adventures, Mike the Tiger's Habitat, Global Wildlife Center
Highlights from your plan
Ultimate Swamp Adventures ©
Ultimate Swamp Adventures
Global Wildlife Center ©
Global Wildlife Center

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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 the less-touristy side of things at Bay Head Beach and Plainsboro Preserve. Get in touch with nature at Manasquan Beach and Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near New York City: Brick (Brick Beach 1 & Windward Beach Park) and Baps Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (in Robbinsville).

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the New York City trip planner.

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to New York City takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New Orleans to New York City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New Orleans in July, you will find days in New York City are somewhat warmer (°C), and nights are a bit cooler (°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Brick, Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park, Plainsboro Preserve, Manasquan Beach, Bay Head Beach
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Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park ©
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Bay Head Beach ©
Bay Head Beach
Manasquan Beach ©
Manasquan Beach

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