31 days in California & New York City Itinerary

31 days in California & New York City Itinerary

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31 days in California & New York City Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  16​h
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Bus:  5​h 30​min
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Santa Rosa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  8​h 15​min
8
New York City
— 7 nights
Bus + Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Brisbane

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.
Get some cultural insight at The Getty Center and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Forever Cemetery. When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Disneyland Park in Anaheim, approximately 30 minutes away. Pack the 4th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, get engrossed in the history at Avila Adobe, and stop by Amoeba Music.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles tour planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and tram. Traveling from Brisbane to Los Angeles, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. May in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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.
Spend the 8th (Fri) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, make a trip to Yosemite Village, trek along Wawona Meadow, and get great views at Tunnel View.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Los Angeles in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 21°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Cambria Nursery & Florist, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, then learn about winemaking at Parrish Family Vineyard, then learn about winemaking at Peachy Canyon Winery, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the San Simeon trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Simeon in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, things will get somewhat warmer in San Simeon: highs are around 32°C and lows about 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cambria, Parrish Family Vineyard, Peachy Canyon Winery
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Parrish Family Vineyard ©
Parrish Family Vineyard

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. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Garland Ranch Regional Park, and then hike along Point Lobos.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Carmel trip itinerary site .

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Rosa.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Nature

Side Trips

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, Garland Ranch Regional Park
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Garland Ranch Regional Park ©
Garland Ranch Regional Park

1
night
Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa ©
Located less than an hour's drive north of San Francisco, Santa Rosa serves as a convenient hub for travelers on their way to the world-famous Napa Valley wine country.
On the 13th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Jack London State Historic Park, do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Safari West.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Rosa holiday app .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Santa Rosa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in May: highs in Santa Rosa hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Rosa

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Pride Mountain Vineyards, Jack London State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Jack London State Historic Park ©
Jack London State Historic Park
Safari West ©
Safari West

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fisherman's Wharf and SoMa. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum, contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Francisco itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Santa Rosa to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Santa Rosa in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
SS Jeremiah O'Brien ©
SS Jeremiah O'Brien

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, take in breathtaking views at Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, stroll through Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, and examine the collection at San Diego Model Railroad Museum.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from San Francisco to San Diego by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from San Francisco in May since evenings lows in San Diego dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

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.
Visit 9/11 Memorial and St. Patrick's Cathedral for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Statue of Liberty National Monument. Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Central Park, take an in-depth tour of Ellis Island, examine the collection at New York Public Library, and take in the pleasant sights at The High Line.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the New York City route builder tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Diego to New York City in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Diego to New York City due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in New York City when traveling from San Diego in May, with lows around 15°C. On the 30th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial

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