30 days in California, Philadelphia & New York City Itinerary

30 days in California, Philadelphia & New York City Itinerary

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30 days in California, Philadelphia & New York City Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
5
Philadelphia
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
New York City
— 6 nights
bus + Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Chennai

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, nightlife, shopping, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, make a trip to Golden Gate Park, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary planner .

Chennai, India to San Francisco is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -13 hour difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Chennai in April, with highs in San Francisco at 22°C and lows at 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

4
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.
On the 8th (Mon), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. Spend the 9th (Tue) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lower Yosemite Fall Trail.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in April, plan for little chillier days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 17°C by day to -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski Area
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 13th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race, and admire the landmark architecture of Bradbury Building.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles route maker 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 April, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (28°C), and nights are much warmer (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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.
Step out of San Diego to go to Encinitas and see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, step aboard Maritime Museum of San Diego, stroll through Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, and appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Diego day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Philadelphia.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

3
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Get out of town with these interesting Philadelphia side-trips: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library (in Winterthur), Brandywine River Museum of Art (in Chadds Ford) and Longwood Gardens (in Kennett Square). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wissahickon Valley Park, admire the masterpieces at Rodin Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Independence Hall, and take an in-depth tour of Eastern State Penitentiary.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Philadelphia online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Philadelphia takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Diego to Philadelphia is 3 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from San Diego in April; daily highs in Philadelphia reach 21°C and lows reach 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to catch the train to New York City.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Brandywine River Museum of Art, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, Longwood Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens
Wissahickon Valley Park ©
Wissahickon Valley Park

6
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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, admire all the interesting features of The High Line, don't miss a visit to Empire State Building, and browse the exhibits of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the New York City trip planner .

Getting from Philadelphia to New York City by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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