22 days in California & New York City Itinerary

22 days in California & New York City Itinerary

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22 days in California & New York City Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
bus + Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
8
New York City
— 4 nights
End: New York City

2
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to General Sherman Tree and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Congress Trail.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park planner .

New York City to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is an approximately 12-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New York City in June: highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 94°F, while lows dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Congress Trail ©
Congress Trail

1
night
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.
On the 9th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Simeon driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in San Simeon when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June, with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery

1
night
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 10th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Carmel tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in June, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are much colder, around 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to California State Railroad Museum and Muir Woods National Monument. You'll explore and learn at Exploratorium and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island, wander the streets of Union Square, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, California State Railroad Museum
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Valley Chapel. Step out of the city life by going to Vernal Fall and Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, and get great views at Tunnel View.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in June: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, and then get great views at Dante's View. Here are some ideas for day two: cruise along Artists Dr and then explore the activities along Badwater Basin.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Death Valley National Park day trip website .

You can do a combination of bus and car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 6 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, you will find days in Death Valley National Park are a bit warmer (98°F), and nights are much warmer (68°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then view the masterpieces at Annenberg Community Beach House, and then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier. Here are some ideas for day two: engage your brain at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, then admire the masterpieces at Hammer Museum, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Death Valley National Park in June, with highs in Los Angeles at 79°F and lows at 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

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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.
Head to Chelsea Market and SoHofor some retail therapy. Your inner history buff will appreciate Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site and 9/11 Memorial. When in New York City, make a side trip to see Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt in Hyde Park, approximately 1h 50 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Met Cloisters, admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and examine the collection at Ground Zero Museum Workshop.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our New York City attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to New York City takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. In June, daytime highs in New York City are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hyde Park, Brooklyn Heights Promenade
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt ©
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt

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