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

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

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

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  16​h
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly + foot:  8​h 45​min
4
New York City
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  11​h 15​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Brisbane

3
nights
Los Angeles

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Get in touch with nature at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Montana Avenue. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Royal Palms State Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and stroll through Santa Monica Bay.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to Pacific Standard Time is minus 18 hours. Traveling from Brisbane in July, expect Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, temps between 33°C and 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach

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.
On the 5th (Mon), examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park and then immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego online trip builder .

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for a bit cooler days in San Diego, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, don't miss a visit to The Strip, and then admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, and then try to win big at Paris Las Vegas.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Las Vegas holiday tool .

Getting from San Diego to Las Vegas by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in July: highs in Las Vegas hover around 47°C, while lows dip to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

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.
Get some cultural insight at Times Square and Statue of Liberty National Monument. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, race across the water with a speed boat tour, see the interesting displays at New York Public Library, and stroll through Central Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the New York City trip website .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to New York City takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to New York City is 3 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Las Vegas in July, with highs in New York City at 35°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Times Square ©
Times Square
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial

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.
Visiting Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Mariposa Grove, trek along Panorama Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nevada Falls Loop, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park travel route planning tool .

Getting from New York City to Yosemite National Park by combination of bus, flight, and car takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Plan for colder nights when traveling from New York City in July since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

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. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, stroll through Carmel River State Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf. And it doesn't end there: engage your brain at Exploratorium, wander the streets of Chinatown, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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