20 days in California, New York City & Las Vegas Itinerary

20 days in California, New York City & Las Vegas Itinerary

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20 days in California, New York City & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: Devonport
Fly:  22​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  11​h 15​min
3
New York City
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Anaheim
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
6
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  24​h
End: Devonport

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Marshall’s Beach and Fort Funston National Park. Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Baker Beach. There's much more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, engage your brain at Exploratorium, take a stroll through Union Square, and don't miss a visit to Ghirardelli Square.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary planning website .

Devonport, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Devonport to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Devonport in September, expect San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Taft Point. The adventure continues: hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, take in the dramatic natural features at Lembert Dome, admire the sheer force of Chilnualna Falls, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

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 subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be cooler in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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.
Family-friendly places like Central Park and New York Public Library will thrill your kids. Head to Fifth Avenue and Shopping Girlfriend NYCfor plenty of shopping. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, stop by Tiffany & Co., and take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our New York City road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of car, flight, and bus from Yosemite National Park to New York City in 11.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 3 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in New York City, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in New York City

Shopping Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©

1
night
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 20th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Mission Beach Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Children's Pool, then take in the exciting artwork at Spanish Village Art Center, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego road trip app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to San Diego in 8.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

1
night
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Anaheim road trip planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Anaheim in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Diego in September, expect nights in Anaheim to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park

2
nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
On the 23rd (Mon), look for gifts at Barneys New York, browse the different shops at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, then get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, and finally ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: push the limits with an extreme tour and then take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

Plan trip to Las Vegas with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Anaheim to Las Vegas by combination of bus and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, daytime highs in Las Vegas are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian ©

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. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Del Mar Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel day trip app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Las Vegas to Carmel takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Las Vegas in September, expect nights in Carmel to be slightly colder, around 15°C, while days are colder, around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos

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