27 days in New York City, Texas & California Itinerary

27 days in New York City, Texas & California Itinerary

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27 days in New York City, Texas & California Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  30​h
1
New York City
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  9​h
2
South Padre Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h
3
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Simeon
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Fly + Drive:  6​h
6
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  32​h
End: Perth

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial. Kids will appreciate attractions like Central Park and American Museum of Natural History. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, take a stroll through Times Square, and admire the striking features of Federal Hall.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our New York City trip generator.

Perth, Australia to New York City is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -13 hour difference. When traveling from Perth in August, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in New York City: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in New York City

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

4
nights
South Padre Island

South Padre Island ©
A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
Get outdoors at Sea Turtle, Inc. and South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center. Bring the kids along to South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center and Laguna Madre Nature Trail. And it doesn't end there: cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the South Padre Island travel planner.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from New York City to South Padre Island in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to South Padre Island due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in August, South Padre Island is a bit warmer at night with lows of 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Sea Turtle, Inc. ©
Sea Turtle, Inc.

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Bring the kids along to Exploratorium and Japanese Tea Garden. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga), Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and V. Sattui (in St. Helena). The adventure continues: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps, steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, and step aboard SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

Getting from South Padre Island to San Francisco by combination of shuttle, flight, and subway takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle, car, and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from South Padre Island in August, expect nights in San Francisco to be colder, around 17°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, V. Sattui Winery, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

4
nights
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. Take a break from the city and head to Point Lobos State Reserve and Monterey Bay. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cannery Row and San Carlos Cathedral. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, Partington Cove, & more). There's more to do: kick back and relax at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach and explore and take pictures at Seventeen Mile Drive.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Carmel itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

1
night
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 7th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery Tasting Room, and then contemplate the long history of Friends of Hearst Castle.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Simeon travel planner.

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Carmel in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bodie State Historic Park and El Capitan. Visiting Tuolumne Meadows and Lembert Dome will get you outdoors. Take a break from Yosemite National Park with a short trip to Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve in Lee Vining, about 1 hour away. There's much more to do: get great views at Tunnel View, cruise along Tioga Pass, take in the dramatic scenery at Bridalveil Fall, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nevada Falls Loop.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner.

Drive from San Simeon to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Simeon in September: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

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