21 days in New York City & California Itinerary

21 days in New York City & California Itinerary

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21 days in New York City & California Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly + bus:  14​h 15​min
1
New York City
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Tel Aviv

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.
Get some historical perspective at Tiles For America and St. Paul's Chapel. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Fifth Avenue and SoHo. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Times Square, enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, browse the eclectic array of goods at Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market, and shop like a local with Shopping Girlfriend NYC.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our New York City trip itinerary builder site .

Tel Aviv, Israel to New York City is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to New York City due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tel Aviv in April: high temperatures in New York City hover around 19°C and lows are around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in New York City

Shopping Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial

2
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and La Jolla Cove. For shopping fun, head to Gaslamp Quarter or Spanish Village Art Center. Take a break from San Diego with a short trip to Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine, about 58 minutes away. There's more to do: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo and enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the San Diego trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from New York City to San Diego takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in April; daily highs in San Diego reach 25°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Lions, Tigers & Bears
Highlights from your plan
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. Do your shopping at Melrose Trading Post and Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Santa Monica and see Montana Avenue, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Amoeba Music, appreciate the extensive heritage of El Pueblo de Los Angeles, make a trip to Walt Disney Concert Hall, and immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles online trip maker .

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In April, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Melrose Trading Post ©
Melrose Trading Post
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and McGurk Meadow. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Spend the 2nd (Thu) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at North Dome, explore the striking landscape of Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, get advice or help at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park online attractions planner .

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, bus, and taxi. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in April: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 17°C, while lows dip to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
North Dome ©
North Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake

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 4th (Sat): stop by The Cheese Shop, then admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Carmel, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

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

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
For shopping fun, head to Ferry Building Marketplace or City Lights Booksellers. Alcatraz Island and The Embarcadero will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, get a taste of the local shopping with Ghirardelli Square, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In May in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

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