25 days in California & New York City Itinerary

25 days in California & New York City Itinerary

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25 days in California & New York City Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 15​min
5
New York City
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Kuwait City

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fisherman's Wharf and City Lights Booksellers. The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, look for all kinds of wild species at Strawberry Hill, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, and get curious at Exploratorium.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco road trip website .

Kuwait City, Kuwait to San Francisco is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and subway. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 11 hours. When traveling from Kuwait City in October, plan for colder days in San Francisco, with highs around 26°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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.
For shopping fun, head to Yosemite Museum Gallery or Ansel Adams Gallery. Take a break from Yosemite National Park with a short trip to Bodie State Historic Park in Bridgeport, about 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, play a few rounds at Big Trees Golf Course, hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, and take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park travel route 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 subway, flight, bus, and taxi. While traveling from San Francisco, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Yosemite Museum Gallery ©
Yosemite Museum Gallery
Ansel Adams Gallery ©
Ansel Adams Gallery

5
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.
El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Santa Monica Pier will appeal to history buffs. Head to Hammer Museum and Montana Avenuefor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Santa Monica Farmers Market & Third Street Promenade). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, admire the masterpieces at Craft & Folk Art Museum, gain insight at Otis College of Art and Design Gallery, and take in the exciting artwork at Annenberg Space for Photography.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles online visit planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. In November, Los Angeles is much warmer than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Hammer Museum ©
Hammer Museum
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

4
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.
Get some historical perspective at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Gaslamp Quarter and Spanish Village Art Center. Step out of San Diego with an excursion to Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine--about 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, step aboard Maritime Museum of San Diego, immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove.

Make your San Diego itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In November, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Lions, Tigers & Bears
Highlights from your plan
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial. Fifth Avenue and Times Square are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Oceanville (about 1h 55 min away). The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History, get to know the fascinating history of Tiles For America, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our New York City travel planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Diego to New York City takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Diego to New York City is 3 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from San Diego in November, with highs in New York City at 16°C and lows at 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
American Museum of Natural History ©

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