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

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

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

Start: Sydney
Fly + bus:  26​h
1
New York City
— 4 nights
foot + Fly:  8​h 45​min
2
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Lone Pine
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
6
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Sydney

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, historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Top of the Rock Observation Deck, take in the views from Brooklyn Bridge, and make a trip to Statue of Liberty National Monument.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the New York City trip builder app .

Sydney, Australia to New York City is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 15 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in October: highs in New York City hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Valley of Fire State Park and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Go for a jaunt from Las Vegas to Boulder City to see Hoover Dam about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hoover Dam Bypass, try to win big at Wynn Las Vegas, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip builder .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to Las Vegas in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to Las Vegas. While traveling from New York City, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can take a bus to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Valley of Fire State Park, Hoover Dam
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park
Hoover Dam ©
Hoover Dam

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Zabriskie Point and Dante's View. Step out of Death Valley National Park to go to Death Valley Junction and see Harmony Borax Works, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Badwater, stroll through Telescope Peak trail, make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, and contemplate the long history of Charcoal Kilns.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park day trip app .

Take a bus from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Las Vegas in October, Death Valley National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Lone Pine.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

2
nights
Lone Pine

Lone Pine ©
Lone Pine is a census designated place (CDP) in Inyo County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): hike along Mt. Whitney, then stroll through Mount Whitney Trail, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of Western Film History. On your second day here, take in the awesome beauty at Alabama Hills.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Lone Pine vacation planning tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Death Valley National Park to Lone Pine. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in October, expect Lone Pine to be little chillier, temps between 28°C and 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Lone Pine

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Mt. Whitney
Highlights from your plan
Mount Whitney Trail ©
Mount Whitney Trail
Mt. Whitney ©
Mt. Whitney
Alabama Hills ©
Alabama Hills

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Glacier Point and Olmsted Point. Take a break from Yosemite National Park with a short trip to Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum in Groveland, about 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, trek along May Lake Trailhead, and take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park sightseeing planning tool .

You can drive from Lone Pine to Yosemite National Park in 3 hours. In October, Yosemite National Park is little chillier than Lone Pine - with highs of 21°C and lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

2
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): stroll through William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Simeon route planning app .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Simeon takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, plan for slightly colder days and much hotter nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 18°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Piedras Blancas Light Station
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 1st (Thu), meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium and then learn about winemaking at Pierce Ranch Vineyards Tasting Room. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Monterey trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Monterey takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Monterey when traveling from San Simeon in November, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Carmel
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): make a trip to Lombard Street, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps, explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium, and then take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf.

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Getting from Monterey to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in San Francisco are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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