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

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

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

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  11​h 15​min
3
New York City
— 4 nights
foot + Fly:  8​h 45​min
4
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, and get a taste of the local shopping with Exploratorium.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco planner .

Melbourne, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Melbourne to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in March; daily highs in San Francisco reach 21°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hit the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area, get all the information you need at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from San Francisco in March: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 13°C, while lows dip to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park ©
North Dome ©
North Dome

4
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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, make a trip to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, admire the landmark architecture of Rockefeller Center, and learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the New York City online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of car, flight, and bus from Yosemite National Park to New York City in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in March, New York City is a bit warmer at night with lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

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
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©

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.
Go for a jaunt from Las Vegas to Boulder City to see Hoover Dam about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, have some family-friendly fun at Dig This, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and enjoy some diversion at The Little Vegas Chapel.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Las Vegas route site .

You can fly from New York City to Las Vegas in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Las Vegas: highs are around 31°C and lows about 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hoover Dam
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
Dig This ©
Dig This

3
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.
San Diego is known for zoos & aquariums, museums, beaches, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, and see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Diego route maker 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 April, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, experience the excitement of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles road trip planning app .

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In April, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Fantastic Race ©
Fantastic Race
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

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