30 days in New York City, Venice & California Itinerary

30 days in New York City, Venice & California Itinerary

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30 days in New York City, Venice & California Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
New York City
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h
2
Venice
— 1 day
Fly:  9​h 30​min
3
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
6
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
7
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Manchester

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.
Shop till you drop at Shopping Girlfriend NYC and Fifth Avenue. And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, take in panoramic vistas at Top of the Rock, browse the eclectic array of goods at Chelsea Market, and admire all the interesting features of The High Line.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the New York City tour planning tool .

Manchester, UK to New York City is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Manchester to New York City, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Manchester in August, with highs in New York City at 34°C and lows at 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in New York City

Shopping Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Shopping Girlfriend NYC ©
Shopping Girlfriend NYC
Fifth Avenue ©
Fifth Avenue

1
day
Venice

Venice ©
Venice is a city in Sarasota County, Florida, United States. On the 18th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Crescent Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Venice online journey maker .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from New York City to Venice takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Venice

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Siesta Key
Highlights from your plan
Crescent Beach ©
Crescent Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Venice Beach ©
Venice Beach

3
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 Black's Beach. Head to Gaslamp Quarter and Spanish Village Art Centerfor some retail therapy. Step out of San Diego to go to Alpine and see Lions, Tigers & Bears, which is approximately 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: stroll through Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, view the masterpieces at Africa and Beyond, admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, and kick back and relax at Children's Pool.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Venice to San Diego takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Venice to San Diego. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Venice in August; daily highs in San Diego reach 30°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Lions, Tigers & Bears
Highlights from your plan
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach. Visiting Will Rogers State Beach and Playa Del Rey Beach will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Third Street Promenade (in Santa Monica), Malibu (Nicholas Canyon Beach & Zuma Beach) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). There's much more to do: look for gifts at Amoeba Music, browse the different shops at The Grove, shop like a local with Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles day trip planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in August, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Malibu, Disneyland Park, Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tuolumne Meadows and Glacier Point. Spend the 1st (Sun) on the water with a fishing tour. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, and get great views at Tunnel View.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, expect much colder with lows of 7°C in Yosemite National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias

2
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Relax by the water at Baldwin Beach and Pope Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Meeks Bay Beach and Van Sickle Bi-State Park. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at El Dorado Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Kiva Beach, and hike along Mt. Tallac Trail.

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You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe in 6.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Meeks Bay Beach
Highlights from your plan
El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach
Van Sickle Bi-State Park ©
Van Sickle Bi-State Park
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): stroll through Carmel River State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel journey planning website .

Drive from South Lake Tahoe to Carmel in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 15°C in Carmel. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

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
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
We've included these beaches for you: Fort Funston National Park and Marshall’s Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and China Beach. There's much more to do: make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, get interesting insight from Tours, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco vacation site .

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. September in San Francisco sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fishing Charters & Tours

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