28 days in California & New York City Itinerary

28 days in California & New York City Itinerary

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28 days in California & New York City Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  19​h
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 15​min
6
New York City
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Dubai

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Marshall’s Beach and Fort Funston National Park for some beach relaxation. Get some cultural insight at Exploratorium and Twin Peaks. The adventure continues: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, examine the collection at de Young Museum, and steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online trip planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to San Francisco is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 12 hours. In August, San Francisco is cooler than Dubai - with highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

2
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. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Carmel day trip app .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. August in Carmel sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Taft Point and Sentinel Dome. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, cruise along Tioga Pass, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online visit planner .

Getting from Carmel to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in August: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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.
The Getty Center and Los Angeles County Museum of Art are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Santa Monica Pier and El Pueblo de Los Angeles for their historical value. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Disneyland Park, which is approximately 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, examine the collection at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, and learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles attractions planning website .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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.
Escape the urban bustle at La Jolla Cove and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Museum-lovers will appreciate USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. Next up on the itinerary: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, view the masterpieces at Spanish Village Art Center, observe the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego, and see the interesting displays at Old Town Model Railroad Depot.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Diego online tour itinerary builder .

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in August, plan for a bit cooler days in San Diego, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like American Museum of Natural History and Statue of Liberty National Monument. And it doesn't end there: walk around Central Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, and examine the collection at New York Public Library.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our New York City trip itinerary planner .

Getting from San Diego to New York City by combination of flight and bus takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Diego to New York City is 3 hours. When traveling from San Diego in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in New York City: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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 ©
American Museum of Natural History

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