22 days in New York City, Texas & California Itinerary

22 days in New York City, Texas & California Itinerary

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New York City
— 6 nights
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South Padre Island
— 1 night
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Canyon
— 1 night
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Drive to Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport, Fly to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Drive to Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
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Monterey
— 2 nights
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San Simeon
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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New York City

— 6 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.
Get some cultural insight at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and New York Public Library. Get some historical perspective at Brooklyn Heights Promenade and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around New York City: Philadelphia (Rocky Statue, Eastern State Penitentiary, &more). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Ground Zero Museum Workshop, explore the world behind art at Frick Collection, take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, and settle in for a delightful tour with a horse-drawn carriage tour.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our New York City tour planning website.

Manchester, UK to New York City is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Traveling from Manchester to New York City, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in August; daily highs in New York City reach 34°C and lows reach 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

South Padre Island

— 1 night
A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle, Inc., identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read South Padre Island trip planner.

Fly from New York City to South Padre Island in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from New York City to South Padre Island, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, South Padre Island is a bit warmer than New York City - with highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Canyon.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Canyon

— 1 night
Canyon is a city in, and the county seat of, Randall County, Texas, United States. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Lighthouse Trail and then explore the ancient world of Palo Duro Canyon State Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Canyon trip builder app.

You can fly from South Padre Island to Canyon in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from South Padre Island in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 18°C in Canyon. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Canyon

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Yosemite National Park

— 5 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. Get outdoors at Yosemite, Tunnel View and Vernal Fall. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, hike along Lembert Dome, admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass, and stroll through Tuolumne Meadows.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park driving holiday planner.

Explore your travel options from Canyon to Yosemite National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Canyon to Yosemite National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Canyon in September, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Monterey

— 2 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 9th (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, then stroll through Carmel River State Beach, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay.

Before you visit Monterey, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Monterey in 5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Monterey, with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

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.
On the 11th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop and then step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Simeon tour itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Monterey to San Simeon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Monterey in September, you will find days in San Simeon are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Alcatraz Island and Musee Mecanique. Your inner history buff will appreciate Golden Gate Bridge and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley--about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Exploratorium, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Street Stairs, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Dominic Church.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco day trip planning app.

Drive from San Simeon to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Simeon in September: highs in San Francisco hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Texas travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
The Lone Star State
Thanks to its size and geologic features, Texas contains diverse landscapes that closely resemble both the south and southwest of the United States. Though most people associate Texas with tracts of barren land, deserts cover only about 10 percent of the state, with most of its big population centers located in areas once covered by prairies, grasslands, and forests. As you travel from one end of Texas to the other, observe the changing terrain that ranges from coastal piney woods and swamps in the east to the mountains of the west, with rolling plains and rugged hills in the center. For a bit of urban sightseeing visit some of the state's large cities such as Houston, Dallas, or Austin, or immerse yourself in the nation's history by adding famous attractions like The Alamo to your itinerary. Take plenty of time to mingle with the locals, famous for their hospitality, generosity, and fiercely independent spirit.

California travel guide

4.1
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.