22 days in New York City, New Orleans & California Itinerary

22 days in New York City, New Orleans & California Itinerary

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22 days in New York City, New Orleans & California Itinerary

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

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like 9/11 Memorial and Ellis Island. There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, make a trip to Statue of Liberty National Monument, admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and look for gifts at FAO Schwarz.

For reviews and tourist information, read our New York City trip planner.

Belfast, UK to New York City is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Traveling from Belfast in July, things will get a bit warmer in New York City: highs are around 35°C and lows about 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Ellis Island ©
Ellis Island

2
nights
New Orleans

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of St. Louis Cathedral, get to know the fascinating history of French Quarter, then make a trip to Arcadian Books, and finally take a stroll through Garden District. On the next day, learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, take a stroll through Royal Street, then stop by Louisiana Music Factory, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Jackson Square.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our New Orleans online driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to New Orleans in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from New York City to New Orleans, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New York City in July, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in New Orleans: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 31°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Garden District ©
Garden District
French Quarter ©
French Quarter
Jackson Square ©
Jackson Square

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 8th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove. Keep things going the next day: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, identify plant and animal life at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and then stroll through Black's Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego online route planner .

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to San Diego takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New Orleans to San Diego, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New Orleans in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in San Diego, with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

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.
On the 10th (Fri), look for gifts at Amoeba Music and then get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park. Keep things going the next day: browse the different shops at The Grove, kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Taft Point and Vernal Fall. There's still lots to do: hike along Panorama Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass, and tour the pleasant surroundings at May Lake Trailhead.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park vacation website .

Getting from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, expect colder with lows of 9°C in Yosemite National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Truckee.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

1
night
Truckee

Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. On the 16th (Thu), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at West End Beach.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Truckee attractions planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yosemite National Park to Truckee. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for little chillier nights in Truckee, with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing

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. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): look for gifts at AiX, then immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then stroll through Point Lobos.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Carmel trip simple and quick.

Drive from Truckee to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. While traveling from Truckee, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Asilomar State Beach, AiX
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Golden Gate Bridge and Fort Point. Head to Exploratorium and Ferry Plaza Farmers Marketfor some retail therapy. Step out of San Francisco to go to Mill Valley and see Muir Woods National Monument, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps, enjoy the sand and surf at Marshall’s Beach, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ghirardelli Square.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco road trip tool .

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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