23 days in Seattle, California & New York City Itinerary

23 days in Seattle, California & New York City Itinerary

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23 days in Seattle, California & New York City Itinerary

Start: Karachi
Fly:  26​h
1
Seattle
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  3​h 15​min
5
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h
7
New York City
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Karachi

3
nights
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): admire the striking features of Space Needle, view the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, look for gifts at Chukar Cherries, then shop like a local with Pike Place Market, and finally wander the streets of Pioneer Square. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, enjoy the sand and surf at Alki Beach, then explore the world behind art at Seattle Art Museum, and finally look for gifts at The Elliott Bay Book Company.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Seattle trip planner.

Karachi, Pakistan to Seattle is an approximately 26-hour flight. You'll gain 13 hours traveling from Karachi to Seattle due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Karachi in October; daily highs in Seattle reach 19°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do your shopping at Union Square and Ferry Building Marketplace. Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to St. Helena (V. Sattui & Pride Mountain Vineyards). And it doesn't end there: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, take a stroll through SoMa (South of Market Street), don't miss a visit to The Embarcadero, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Seattle to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Seattle in October, expect San Francisco to be a bit warmer, temps between 26°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Helena
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

5
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.
Get outdoors at Taft Point and Glacier Point. Spend the 21st (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, cruise along Tioga Pass, don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip generator.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in October, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be much colder, around -1°C, while days are little chillier, around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

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. To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel travel itinerary creator.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, expect much warmer with lows of 13°C in Carmel. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos

3
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Popular historic sites such as El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Santa Monica Pier are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Hermosa Beach Pier. Step out of Santa Monica to go to Los Angeles and see Cabrillo Beach, which is approximately 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway, and stop by Bergamot Station.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Santa Monica trip generator.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Carmel to Santa Monica in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and tram. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Carmel in October; daily highs in Santa Monica reach 28°C and lows reach 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Hermosa Beach Pier
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
El Pueblo de Los Angeles ©
El Pueblo de Los Angeles

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): kick back and relax at Children's Pool, then stroll through Black's Beach, and then stroll through Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read San Diego online itinerary creator.

You can drive from Santa Monica to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in San Diego are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. On the 30th (Mon), you'll travel to New York City.

Things to do in San Diego

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

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Statue of Liberty National Monument. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like 9/11 Memorial and St. Paul's Chapel. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Times Square, admire the landmark architecture of Empire State Building, learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History, and wander the streets of Fifth Avenue.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read New York City vacation trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from San Diego to New York City in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Diego to New York City. In October, New York City is slightly colder than San Diego - with highs of 23°C and lows of 15°C. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Times Square ©
Times Square

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