24 days in California, New Orleans & New York City Itinerary

24 days in California, New Orleans & New York City Itinerary

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24 days in California, New Orleans & New York City Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  17​h
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
bus:  6​h 45​min
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Monterey
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
5
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
6
New Orleans
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h
7
New York City
— 8 nights
bus + Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Tel Aviv

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Let the collections at Exploratorium and Walt Disney Family Museum capture your imagination. Get in touch with nature at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Twin Peaks. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to VJB Cellars (in Kenwood) and Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley). Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip planning site .

Tel Aviv, Israel to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to San Francisco. When traveling from Tel Aviv in July, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, VJB Cellars
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Lands End ©
Lands End
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

1
night
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.
On the 25th (Thu), admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are a bit cooler (9°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature
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Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

1
day
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls and then take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planning app .

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, with highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park at 43°C and lows at 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature
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Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Grizzly Falls ©
Grizzly Falls

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 27th (Sat), take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lovers Point, and finally view the masterpieces at Venture Gallery.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Monterey online tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Monterey in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, you will find days in Monterey are much colder (24°C), and nights are slightly colder (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Getty Center and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Get some cultural insight at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and California Science Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: The California Route 66 Museum (in Victorville) and Victoria Gardens (in Rancho Cucamonga). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and browse the different shops at The Grove.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planner .

You can fly from Monterey to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Monterey in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 33°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Victoria Gardens, Santa Monica Pier, The California Route 66 Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Petersen Automotive Museum ©
Petersen Automotive Museum
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

2
nights
New Orleans

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): get outside with Ultimate Swamp Adventures, then stroll the grounds of Lake Lawn Metairie, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District. Keep things going the next day: experience rural life at St. Joseph Plantation, then examine the collection at Whitney Plantation, then contemplate the long history of Evergreen Plantation, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Jamie Hayes Gallery.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our New Orleans trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to New Orleans takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 31°C in New Orleans. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

St. Joseph Plantation, Evergreen Plantation, Ultimate Swamp Adventures, Whitney Plantation
Highlights from your plan
Ultimate Swamp Adventures ©
Ultimate Swamp Adventures
Whitney Plantation ©
Whitney Plantation
Garden District ©
Garden District

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bushkill Falls and Seaside Park Beach. Shop till you drop at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets and Chelsea Market. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around New York City: Hyde Park (Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt & Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum) and Bay Head Beach (in Bay Head). There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial, admire the masterpieces at Frick Collection, get to know the fascinating history of Brooklyn Heights Promenade, and take in the pleasant sights at Times Square.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read New York City road trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from New Orleans to New York City in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from New Orleans in August, expect little chillier with lows of 25°C in New York City. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Brooklyn, Hyde Park, Island Beach State Park, Bay Head Beach, Bushkill Falls
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