30 days in California & New York City Itinerary

30 days in California & New York City Itinerary

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30 days in California & New York City Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  17​h
1
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + bus:  5​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  11​h 15​min
6
New York City
— 7 nights
bus + Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Tel Aviv

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Escape the urban bustle at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Muir Woods National Monument. Explore hidden gems such as Wine Tours & Tastings and Safari West. Venture out of the city with trips to Pride Mountain Vineyards (in St. Helena) and Gracianna Winery (in Healdsburg). There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, don't miss a visit to Lombard Street, contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary website .

Tel Aviv, Israel to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -10 hour difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in August, expect San Francisco to be little chillier, temps between 26°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Healdsburg, Safari West, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Muir Woods National Monument, Pride Mountain Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Wine Tours & Tastings

3
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. Get outdoors at Pfeiffer State Beach and Point Lobos. We've included these beaches for you: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Carmel River State Beach. Change things up with a short trip to McWay Falls in Big Sur (about 56 minutes away). There's much more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, and trek along Scenic Road Walkway.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Carmel travel planning site .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. September in Carmel sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

2
nights
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 10th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Fiscalini Ranch Preserve and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Simeon trip builder tool .

Getting from Carmel to San Simeon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in September, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 38°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Step off the beaten path and head to Artists Palette and Badwater Basin. Step out of the city life by going to Artists Dr and Zabriskie Point. There's more to do: take some stellar pictures from Dante's View and make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

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Drive from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Traveling from San Simeon in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette

6
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.
Visiting Taft Point and Sentinel Dome will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Panorama Trail and Vernal Fall. Spend the 19th (Thu) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, get great views at Tunnel View, and hike along Four Mile Trail.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 6 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in September, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be much colder, around 3°C, while days are slightly colder, around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

7
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.
Get outdoors at Bushkill Falls and Speed Boats Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and Food Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Dingmans Falls (in Dingmans Ferry), Hyde Park (Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site & Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt) and Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park (in Poughkeepsie). The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, make a trip to Empire State Building, appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Brooklyn Heights Promenade.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our New York City driving holiday planner.

Do a combination of car, flight, and bus from Yosemite National Park to New York City in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Yosemite National Park to New York City due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in New York City: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hyde Park, Brooklyn Heights Promenade, Bushkill Falls, Dingmans Falls, Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Bushkill Falls ©
Bushkill Falls
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt ©
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt

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