22 days in California & New York City Itinerary

22 days in California & New York City Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary planner

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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 night
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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New York City
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles

— 2 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): look and learn at Griffith Observatory, don't miss a visit to Montana Avenue, then wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and finally examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip builder website.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Los Angeles is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 12 hours. Traveling from Abu Dhabi in September, expect Los Angeles to be a bit cooler, temps between 34°C and 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Beaches

Side Trip

Death Valley National Park

— 2 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 30th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, and then make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Here are some ideas for day two: admire all the interesting features of Artists Dr and then explore the activities along Badwater Basin.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Death Valley National Park route builder website.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in September: highs in Death Valley National Park hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Yosemite National Park

— 2 nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. Visiting Yosemite, Tunnel View and Tuolumne Meadows will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, don't miss a visit to Washburn Point, get answers to all your questions at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and trek along Nevada Falls Loop.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park travel planner.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 22°C, while nights are colder with lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods National Monument. Visit Golden Gate Bridge and Filbert Street Stairs for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, engage your brain at Exploratorium, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and take a stroll through Union Square.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Francisco visit planner.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, plan for a bit warmer days in San Francisco, with highs around 26°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Carmel

— 2 nights
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. Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, then contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Carmel trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. October in Carmel sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

San Simeon

— 1 night
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 10th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach and then identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Simeon driving holiday site.

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. When traveling from Carmel in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 33°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 2 nights

A Land of Giants

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.
On the 11th (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock Trail, then steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree, and then hike along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Congress Trail and then take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip maker tool.

Getting from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

New York City

— 4 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Brooklyn Heights Promenade. Visit Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and 9/11 Memorial for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Lucas candies (in Haverstraw), Bushkill Falls (in Bushkill) and Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site (in Hyde Park). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Ground Zero Museum Workshop, wander the streets of Greenwich Village, shop like a local with Fifth Avenue, and view the masterpieces at Gateways to Newark: Portraits.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the New York City trip planner.

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to New York City by flight takes about 12 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to New York City. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in October: highs in New York City hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.