22 days in New York City, Atlantic Highlands & California Itinerary

22 days in New York City, Atlantic Highlands & California Itinerary

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22 days in New York City, Atlantic Highlands & California Itinerary

Start: Geneva
Fly:  12​h
1
New York City
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
2
Atlantic Highlands
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
San Luis Obispo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Santa Monica
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h
End: Geneva

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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.
Top of the Rock Observation Deck has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): wander the streets of Times Square. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Top of the Rock Observation Deck.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the New York City trip itinerary planner.

Geneva, Switzerland to New York City is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Geneva to New York City is minus 6 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in New York City when traveling from Geneva in July, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Atlantic Highlands.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Times Square ©
Times Square
Top of the Rock ©
Top of the Rock

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Atlantic Highlands

Atlantic Highlands ©
Atlantic Highlands is a borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey, in the Bayshore Region. Change things up with a short trip to Jersey Shore Premium Outlets in Tinton Falls (about 32 minutes away).

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Atlantic Highlands visit planning site .

You can drive from New York City to Atlantic Highlands in 1.5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Atlantic Highlands when traveling from New York City in July, with lows around 22°C. You will leave for San Francisco on the 17th (Tue).

Things to do in Atlantic Highlands

Shopping

Side Trip

Jersey Shore Premium Outlets
Highlights from your plan
Jersey Shore Premium Outlets ©
Jersey Shore Premium Outlets

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Scenic 49 Mile Drive. Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Ferry Plaza Farmers Marketfor plenty of shopping. The adventure continues: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf and don't miss a visit to Lombard Street.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Atlantic Highlands to San Francisco. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Atlantic Highlands to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In July, San Francisco is slightly colder than Atlantic Highlands - with highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Scenic Drive Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market ©
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): cruise along Tioga Pass and then hike along Tuolumne Meadows. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Panorama Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and then admire the sheer force of Bridalveil Fall.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and then get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, and then take in the waterfront at Old Fisherman's Wharf.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Monterey online attractions planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Monterey in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Monterey, with highs around 24°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our San Luis Obispo online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Luis Obispo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. Traveling from Monterey in July, you will find days in San Luis Obispo are somewhat warmer (31°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Wineries Outdoors Parks

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Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
You've now added Ventura Pier and Promenade to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, then learn about winemaking at Jaffurs Wine Cellars, then immerse yourself in nature at Carpinteria State Beach, and finally take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Neverland Ranch, take a stroll through State Street, and then kick back and relax at Butterfly Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Santa Barbara trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from San Luis Obispo in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Santa Barbara: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Carpinteria State Beach, Butterfly Beach, Ventura Pier and Promenade
Highlights from your plan
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Butterfly Beach ©
Butterfly Beach

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Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Head to Montana Avenue and Third Street Promenadefor plenty of shopping. Get outdoors at Santa Monica Beach and 26-Mile Bike Path. Explore Santa Monica's surroundings by going to Six Flags Magic Mountain (in Santa Clarita) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, take a stroll through Rodeo Drive, and buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Santa Monica trip planner .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Santa Monica in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and tram. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 21°C. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Theme Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Beverly Hills, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Six Flags Magic Mountain ©
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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