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

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

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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Carmel
— 1 night
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San Simeon
— 1 night
4
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
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New York City
— 5 nights
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St. Petersburg
— 5 nights
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alcatraz Island and Modus Operandi Cellars. Do your shopping at Ferry Building Marketplace and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs, take a stroll through Chinatown, and get curious at Exploratorium.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco day trip website.

Melbourne, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to San Francisco is minus 18 hours. In May, San Francisco is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

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
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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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 (Wed): don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel holiday planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in May, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

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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 Friends of the Elephant Seal.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Simeon trip planner.

Drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 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) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

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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): take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, and then don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Here are some ideas for day two: explore and take pictures at Artists Dr and then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from San Simeon in May since evenings lows in Death Valley National Park dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

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

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Step out of the city life by going to Yosemite, Tunnel View and Yosemite Falls. Spend the 11th (Mon) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake. Spend the 12th (Tue) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Mariposa Grove, take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome, look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and pause for some serene contemplation at Yosemite Valley Chapel.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Yosemite National Park using our trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 6 hours. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in May, plan for little chillier days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough 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

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fifth Avenue and Greenwich Village. Get some historical perspective at Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt. You'll find plenty of places to visit near New York City: Stoutridge Vineyard (in Marlboro), Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park (in Poughkeepsie) and Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site (in Hyde Park). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of SoHo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Met Cloisters, walk around Washington Square Park, and appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial.

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Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to New York City takes 78 hours. 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 much hotter at night with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in New York City

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hyde Park, Stoutridge Vineyard, Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park, Brooklyn Heights Promenade
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt

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St. Petersburg

Located on a peninsula between Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, St.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ca d'Zan and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Siesta Beach and Honeymoon Island State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around St. Petersburg: Clearwater (Waterskiing & Jetskiing & Wings Beachwear), Sarasota (The Ringling & Kayaking & Canoeing) and Fred Howard Park (in Tarpon Springs). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at The Dali Museum, do a tasting at Murielle Winery, take in the exciting artwork at The Gallery on Siesta Key, and snap pictures at Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg road trip planning site.

Getting from New York City to St. Petersburg by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in May, with highs in St. Petersburg at 35°C and lows at 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, Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Fred Howard Park
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Siesta Beach ©
Siesta Beach
Honeymoon Island State Park ©
Honeymoon Island State Park

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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 discover tucked-away gems like The Getty Center and The Grove. Venice Canals Walkway and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Santa Monica Bay, get curious at California Science Center, see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum, and brush up on your military savvy at Battleship USS Iowa Museum.

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Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Los Angeles takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from St. Petersburg to Los Angeles. In May, Los Angeles is a bit cooler than St. Petersburg - with highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

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