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: Tel Aviv
Fly:  17​h
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
St. Helena
— 1 night
+3
bus + subway + Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 15​min
6
New York City
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Tel Aviv

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore and learn at Exploratorium and Eden Fine Art. Get a sense of the local culture at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace, wander the streets of SoMa, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco holiday planner .

Tel Aviv, Israel to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Tel Aviv to San Francisco, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in April, things will get a bit cooler in San Francisco: highs are around 22°C and lows about 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): learn about winemaking at Inglenook, do a tasting at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, then view the masterpieces at Mumm Napa, and finally learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the St. Helena sightseeing planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to St. Helena in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Francisco in April since evenings lows in St. Helena dip to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Rutherford, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Highlights from your plan
Inglenook ©
Inglenook
Mumm Napa ©
Mumm Napa

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Yosemite Museum Gallery and Ansel Adams Gallery. Escape the urban bustle at North Dome and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. Spend the 3rd (Fri) on the water with a fishing tour. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at McGurk Meadow, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, appreciate the extensive heritage of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark, and get great views at Tunnel View.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip planning site .

You can do a combination of bus, subway, flight, and car from St. Helena to Yosemite National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from St. Helena in May, expect Yosemite National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 21°C and 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
North Dome ©
North Dome
Fishing Charters & Tours

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hammer Museum and Montana Avenue. Let the collections at The Getty Center and Annenberg Space for Photography capture your imagination. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, look for gifts at Craft & Folk Art Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Contemporary Art.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip builder .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (28°C), and nights are much hotter (17°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Montana Avenue, Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Hammer Museum ©
Hammer Museum
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and San Diego Zoo. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove and shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Diego trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In May in San Diego, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fifth Avenue and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 9/11 Memorial and New York City Hall will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Times Square, appreciate the extensive heritage of Tiles For America, browse the exhibits of Ellis Island, and admire the masterpieces at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read New York City day trip planning app .

Getting from San Diego to New York City by combination of flight and bus takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Traveling from San Diego in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in New York City, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
American Museum of Natural History ©
American Museum of Natural History

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