32 days in California, New York City & New Orleans Itinerary

32 days in California, New York City & New Orleans Itinerary

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32 days in California, New York City & New Orleans Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  11​h 15​min
4
New York City
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h
5
New Orleans
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Anaheim
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
8
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore and learn at Exploratorium and Musee Mecanique. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ferry Building Marketplace and City Lights Booksellers. There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco route builder site .

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 changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -18 hour difference. Traveling from Melbourne in May, things will get somewhat warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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 25th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Carmel Art Association, then admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then kick back and relax at Point Lobos.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Carmel attractions website .

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Nature Parks

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel Art Association ©
Carmel Art Association

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Get outdoors at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Bridalveil Fall. Spend the 29th (Wed) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, hike along North Dome, make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, and take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

For ratings and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park online travel route planner .

Getting from Carmel to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Carmel in May, Yosemite National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park ©

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.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Ellis Island will appeal to museum buffs. For shopping fun, head to Fifth Avenue or Tiles For America. There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, admire the striking features of Empire State Building, learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History, and go for a walk through Times Square.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read New York City trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to New York City takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Yosemite National Park to New York City is 3 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much warmer in New York City, with lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
American Museum of Natural History ©
American Museum of Natural History

4
nights
New Orleans

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
The National WWII Museum and Garden District are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St. Louis Cathedral and French Quarter. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Royal Street, get a taste of the local shopping with Magazine Street, examine the collection at New Orleans Museum of Art, and look for gifts at Louisiana Music Factory.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our New Orleans holiday planner .

Getting from New York City to New Orleans by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to New Orleans is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from New York City in June since evenings lows in New Orleans dip to 33°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The National WWII Museum ©
The National WWII Museum
Garden District ©
Garden District
French Quarter ©
French Quarter

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.
You'll get in some beach time at La Jolla Cove and Black's Beach. Let the collections at USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego capture your imagination. And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at San Diego Zoo, enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool, and shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter.

Take the guesswork out of planning a San Diego vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from New Orleans to San Diego by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from New Orleans in June: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 26°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

3
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Disney Gallery and Founder's Park. Head to The Lego Store and Anaheim Plazafor some retail therapy. Take a break from Anaheim with a short trip to Maloof Foundation for Arts & Crafts in Alta Loma, about 56 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 14th (Fri) at Disneyland Park. There's much more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Oak Canyon Nature Center, browse the different shops at Anaheim Indoor Marketplace, and pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Cathedral.

Discover how to plan a Anaheim trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from San Diego to Anaheim in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Diego in June, expect nights in Anaheim to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Maloof Foundation for Arts & Crafts, Christ Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Oak Canyon Nature Center ©
Oak Canyon Nature Center
The Disney Gallery ©
The Disney Gallery

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.
Let the collections at Hammer Museum and The Getty Center capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Craft & Folk Art Museum and Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Montana Avenue & Santa Monica Farmers Market) and Two Rodeo Drive (in Beverly Hills). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, take in the exciting artwork at Otis College of Art and Design Gallery, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Los Angeles online trip itinerary builder .

Los Angeles is very close to Anaheim. In June, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Hammer Museum ©
Hammer Museum
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

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