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

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

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

Start: Oslo
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
7
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 day
bus + Fly:  10​h 30​min
8
New York City
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Oslo

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Shop till you drop at Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Square. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Fort Funston National Park and Baker Beach. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and tee off at Lincoln Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco day trip planning site .

Oslo, Norway to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and subway. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Oslo to San Francisco is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Oslo in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 15°C in San Francisco. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park

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 27th (Thu): admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel sightseeing planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Carmel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

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

3
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.
Head to The Strip and The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetianfor plenty of shopping. Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, try to win big at The Mirage, get a taste of local nightlife at Double Down Saloon, and see a show at Casino at the MGM Grand.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Las Vegas trip itinerary builder tool .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Carmel to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Carmel in June, expect Las Vegas to be warmer, temps between 46°C and 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Fun & Games Casinos Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Bellagio Hotel and Casino ©
Bellagio Hotel and Casino

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 1st (Mon), kick back and relax at Black's Beach and then admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip builder website .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to San Diego takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in June, expect nights in San Diego to be little chillier, around 20°C, while days are much colder, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Black's Beach ©
Black's Beach

3
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.
Visiting Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach will get you outdoors. Do your shopping at Amoeba Music and The Grove. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Will Rogers State Beach, wander the streets of Angelino Heights Historic Area, see a show at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Del Rey Beach.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more 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 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at North Dome, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to South Lake Tahoe.

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
day
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): kick back and relax at Meeks Bay Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Baldwin Beach, and then kick back and relax at Kiva Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary builder site .

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe in 6.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in South Lake Tahoe can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Meeks Bay Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach

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.
For shopping fun, head to Fifth Avenue or Shopping Girlfriend NYC. The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Times Square, choose your vessel at Tribeca Sailing, explore the galleries of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and don't miss a visit to Central Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our New York City driving holiday planner .

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to New York City by combination of bus and flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from South Lake Tahoe to New York City is 3 hours. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July, plan for warmer nights in New York City, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Shopping Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Times Square ©
Times Square
Fifth Avenue ©
Fifth Avenue

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