31 days in California, New York City & St. Petersburg Itinerary

31 days in California, New York City & St. Petersburg Itinerary

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31 days in California, New York City & St. Petersburg Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + bus:  5​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  11​h 15​min
6
New York City
— 5 nights
foot + Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
St. Petersburg
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h
8
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visiting Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Alcatraz Island will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as Twin Peaks and Filbert Steps are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and Modus Operandi Cellars (in St. Helena). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and wander the streets of Chinatown.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planning tool .

Melbourne, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Pacific Standard Time is minus 18 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in May: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 24°C and lows are around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trips

Modus Operandi Cellars, Muir Woods National Monument, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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. On the 6th (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then hike along Point Lobos, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel day trip website .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May in Carmel, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

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.
On the 7th (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Simeon online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in May, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, then get great views at Dante's View, and then don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): admire all the interesting features of Artists Dr and then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park trip builder website .

Getting from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Traveling from San Simeon in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park and Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Visit Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark and Yosemite Valley Chapel for their historical value. Spend the 12th (Tue) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome, and get advice or help at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park journey 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 May, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are little chillier (21°C), and nights are colder (1°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Met Cloisters and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around New York City: Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park (in Poughkeepsie), Stoutridge Vineyard (in Marlboro) and Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site (in Hyde Park). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Fifth Avenue, examine the collection at New York Public Library, admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the New York City trip builder website .

You can do a combination of car, flight, and bus from Yosemite National Park to New York City in 11.5 hours. Other options are to 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. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, New York City is warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in New York City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hyde Park, Brooklyn Heights Promenade, Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park, Stoutridge Vineyard
Highlights from your plan

5
nights
St. Petersburg

Located on a peninsula between Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, St.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kayaking & Canoeing and Dolphin & Whale Watching. For shopping fun, head to Morean Art Center or The Gallery on Siesta Key. Venture out of the city with trips to Fred Howard Park (in Tarpon Springs), Honeymoon Island State Park (in Dunedin) and Sarasota (The Ringling, Ca d'Zan Mansion, & more). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Siesta Beach, snap pictures at Sunshine Skyway Bridge, explore the world behind art at The Dali Museum, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read St. Petersburg journey planner.

Fly from New York City to St. Petersburg in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from New York City in May, expect St. Petersburg to be a bit warmer, temps between 35°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Sarasota, Clearwater, Siesta Key, Parasailing & Paragliding, Fred Howard Park
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Siesta Beach ©
Siesta Beach
Honeymoon Island State Park ©
Honeymoon Island State Park

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.
Do your shopping at LA Farmers' Market and The Grove. The Getty Center and Abbot Kinney Boulevard are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Montana Avenue in Santa Monica--about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Santa Monica Bay, learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles travel planning app .

Fly from St. Petersburg to Los Angeles in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from St. Petersburg in May, expect Los Angeles to be little chillier, temps between 28°C and 17°C. On the 30th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Fun & Games

Side Trip

Montana Avenue
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Bay ©
Santa Monica Bay
Battleship USS Iowa Museum ©
Battleship USS Iowa Museum

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