36 days in California, Las Vegas & New York City Itinerary

36 days in California, Las Vegas & New York City Itinerary

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36 days in California, Las Vegas & New York City Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
St. Helena
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Mammoth Lakes
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly + Foot:  8​h 45​min
8
New York City
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Bengaluru

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. Visit Marshall’s Beach and China Beach for some beach relaxation. There's lots more to do: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lincoln Park, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and wander the streets of Union Square.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner.

Bengaluru, India to San Francisco is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -13 hour difference. Traveling from Bengaluru in October, expect San Francisco to be little chillier, temps between 26°C and 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fishing Charters & Tours
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park

4
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Visit Sonoma Coast State Beach and Bodega Dunes for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Safari West and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Change things up with these side-trips from St. Helena: Siduri Wines (in Santa Rosa) and Healdsburg (Gracianna Winery, Stephen & Walker Winery, & more). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our St. Helena trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to St. Helena takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in October: highs in St. Helena hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in St. Helena

Parks Wineries Wildlife

Side Trips

Healdsburg, Santa Rosa, Sonoma Coast State Beach, Inglenook, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Safari West ©
Safari West
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve

3
nights
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. Step out of the city life by going to Point Lobos and Dolphin & Whale Watching. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Del Mar Beach and Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at China Cove and Gibson Beach, admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, and tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Carmel visit planner.

You can drive from St. Helena to Carmel in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and flight. When traveling from St. Helena in October, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

5
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and North Dome. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Half Dome, trek along Lembert Dome, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, and stroll through Tuolumne Meadows.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Mammoth Lakes journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Carmel to Mammoth Lakes takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect colder evenings in Mammoth Lakes when traveling from Carmel in October, with lows around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
North Dome ©
North Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Half Dome ©
Half Dome

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Nicholas Canyon Beach. Get outdoors at Will Rogers State Beach and Playa Del Rey Beach. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Newport Beach and see Dolphin & Whale Watching, which is approximately 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall, take a stroll through Montana Avenue, examine the collection at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, and steep yourself in history at El Pueblo de Los Angeles.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Mammoth Lakes to Los Angeles takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Mammoth Lakes in October, expect nights in Los Angeles to be much warmer, around 19°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Nicholas Canyon Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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

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.
Relax by the water at La Jolla Cove and Coronado Beach. Get outdoors at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Black's Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas) and Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Children's Pool, and appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego journey maker site .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lions, Tigers & Bears, Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, Coronado Beach
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears

4
nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Step out of the city life by going to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Lake Mead National Recreation Area. The adventure continues: get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, try your luck at New York New York Casino, make a trip to Paris Las Vegas, and listen to music at Casino at the MGM Grand.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip planner.

You can fly from San Diego to Las Vegas in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Fun & Games Casinos Parks

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge and 8th Ave Jetty. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Times Square, admire the landmark architecture of Empire State Building, get interesting insight from Tours, and explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the New York City road trip app .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to New York City takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Las Vegas to New York City, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Las Vegas, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in New York City, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, 8th Ave Jetty
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Times Square ©
Times Square

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