23 days in San Francisco & New York City Itinerary

23 days in San Francisco & New York City Itinerary

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23 days in San Francisco & New York City Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  17​h
1
San Francisco
— 11 nights
Fly + bus:  9​h
2
New York City
— 8 nights
bus + Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney

11
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Do your shopping at Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Square. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Petaluma Boulevard and Kentucky Street (in Petaluma), Sebastopol (Sebastopol Center for the Arts & Patrick Amiot) and Santa Rosa (Safari West, Laguna de Santa Rosa, & more). Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, immerse yourself in nature at Tomales Bay State Park, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and take a peaceful walk through Muir Woods National Monument.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco day trip planning site .

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -18 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in November, expect San Francisco to be slightly colder, temps between 20°C and 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Bodega Bay, Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve, Tomales Bay State Park
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

8
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Quogue Wildlife Refuge and Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. For shopping fun, head to Fifth Avenue or Callie's Candy Kitchen. You'll find plenty of places to visit near New York City: Edgar Felix Memorial Bikeway (in Manasquan), Lakota Wolf Preserve (in Columbia) and Teatown Lake Reservation (in Ossining). There's still lots to do: go for a walk through Central Park, admire the striking features of Rockefeller Center, take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, and identify plant and animal life at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City trip itinerary maker .

Do a combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to New York City in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Francisco to New York City due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in November; daily highs in New York City reach 16°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Callie's Candy Kitchen, Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Teatown Lake Reservation
Highlights from your plan
Woodbury Common Premium Outlets ©
Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
Quogue Wildlife Refuge ©
Quogue Wildlife Refuge

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