30 days in California & New York City Itinerary

30 days in California & New York City Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour itinerary maker

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San Francisco
— 6 nights
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Carmel
— 3 nights
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Fly to La Guardia Airport
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— 7 nights
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San Francisco

— 6 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Step off the beaten path and head to Muir Woods National Monument and Safari West. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Healdsburg (Gracianna Winery & Wine Tours & Tastings) and Pride Mountain Vineyards (in St. Helena). There's much more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take in the pleasant sights at Lombard Street, walk around Golden Gate Park, and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Francisco day trip planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to San Francisco is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Tel Aviv to San Francisco, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in August, expect San Francisco to be little chillier, temps between 26°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Carmel

— 3 nights
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. Get in touch with nature at Point Lobos and Pfeiffer State Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Carmel River State Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carmel: Big Sur (McWay Falls & Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park). The adventure continues: take in the views from Bixby Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Scenic Road Walkway, and explore the activities along Monterey Bay.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Carmel trip planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Carmel are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

San Simeon

— 2 nights
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.
On the 10th (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle and then look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Simeon trip app.

Drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. While traveling from Carmel, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trip

Death Valley National Park

— 3 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Escape the urban bustle at Zabriskie Point and Artists Palette. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Badwater Basin and Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. There's more to do: take some stellar pictures from Dante's View and take a memorable drive along Artists Dr.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip planning website.

Getting from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from San Simeon in September since evenings lows in Death Valley National Park dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Yosemite National Park

— 6 nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yosemite, Tunnel View and Vernal Fall. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, trek along Four Mile Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Grove, and admire the sheer force of Bridalveil Fall.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. While traveling from Death Valley National Park, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

New York City

— 7 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Escape the urban bustle at Bushkill Falls and Dingmans Falls. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Speed Boats Tours and Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Venture out of the city with trips to Hyde Park (Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum & Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site) and Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park (in Poughkeepsie). And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, get to know the fascinating history of Brooklyn Heights Promenade, examine the collection at Ground Zero Museum Workshop, and take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our New York City road trip tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yosemite National Park to New York City. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, expect nights in New York City to be warmer, around 22°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.