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

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

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

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  15​h
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + bus + train:  4​h 30​min
3
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Morro Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
8
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly + foot:  5​h
9
New York City
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Tel Aviv

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 19th (Fri): shop like a local with Union Square, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then engage your brain at Exploratorium, and finally head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Don Edwards San Francisco Bay Wildlife Refuge, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Francisco route website .

Tel Aviv, Israel 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 and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to San Francisco. While traveling from Tel Aviv, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 16°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Sun) before leaving for Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, stroll through Panorama Trail, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and finally admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planning tool .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

1
night
San Jose

San Jose ©
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
On the 24th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, then browse the eclectic array of goods at San Pedro Square Market, then examine the collection at The Tech Museum of Innovation, and finally contemplate the long history of Winchester Mystery House.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose itinerary planner .

Do a combination of car, flight, and train from Yosemite National Park to San Jose in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Jose when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph ©
Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph
Winchester Mystery House ©
Winchester Mystery House
The Tech Interactive ©
The Tech Interactive

2
nights
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. You've now added Monterey Bay Aquarium to your itinerary. On the 25th (Thu), meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Carmel tour itinerary builder app .

You can drive from San Jose to Carmel in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Jose in July: highs in Carmel hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Carmel

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Monterey
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium

1
night
Morro Bay

Morro Bay ©
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. You've now added Six Flags Magic Mountain to your itinerary. On the 26th (Fri), get in on the family fun at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Morro Bay holiday maker website .

Drive from Carmel to Morro Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Carmel in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Morro Bay: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 15°C at night. You will leave for Los Angeles on the 27th (Sat).

Things to do in Morro Bay

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Six Flags Magic Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Six Flags Magic Mountain ©
Six Flags Magic Mountain

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Discover out-of-the-way places like Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve and Carpinteria State Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Newport Beach), Crystal Cove (in Laguna Beach) and Camarillo Premium Outlets (in Camarillo). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, shop like a local with Third Street Promenade, tour the pleasant surroundings at Zuma Beach, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip planner .

Getting from Morro Bay to Los Angeles by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Morro Bay in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Malibu, Santa Monica, Carpinteria, Camarillo Premium Outlets, Crystal Cove
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve ©
Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve
Camarillo Premium Outlets ©
Camarillo Premium Outlets

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.
Plan a trip to San Diego easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery
Seaport Village ©
Seaport Village

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.
Get outdoors at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Willow Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Mob Museum and Spring Mountains Visitor Center. The adventure continues: get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, see the interesting displays at Pinball Hall of Fame, ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains, and take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip planner .

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Las Vegas takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Diego in August, plan for warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 45°C by day to 29°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Tue) before leaving for New York City.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Spring Mountains Visitor Center, Willow Beach
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

5
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Times Square. You'll get in some beach time at Island Beach State Park and 8th Ave Jetty. Change things up with these side-trips from New York City: Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (in Oceanville), Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge (in Wallkill) and Van Holten's Chocolates & Sweet Shop (in Seaside Heights). There's still lots to do: explore the galleries of 9/11 Memorial, identify plant and animal life at Lakota Wolf Preserve, and delve into the lush surroundings at Cornelia & Florence Bridge Nature Preserve.

To see where to stay and tourist information, go to the New York City route builder tool .

Drive from Las Vegas to New York City in 41 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Las Vegas to New York City, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, New York City is a bit cooler than Las Vegas - with highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Lakota Wolf Preserve, Sam's Point Preserve, Cornelia & Florence Bridge Nature Preserve, 8th Ave Jetty, Van Holten's Chocolates & Sweet Shop
Highlights from your plan
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Times Square ©
Times Square

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