36 days in San Francisco & New Orleans Itinerary

36 days in San Francisco & New Orleans Itinerary

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36 days in San Francisco & New Orleans Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  17​h
1
San Francisco
— 18 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
New Orleans
— 15 nights
Drive + Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Sydney

18
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and Fort Point. Appreciate the collections at Exploratorium and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: St. Helena (Ladera Vineyards & Modus Operandi Cellars), Vincent Arroyo Winery (in Calistoga) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, kick back and relax at Ocean Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Baker Beach, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Francisco travel route planner.

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -18 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Sydney in April; daily highs in San Francisco reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Healdsburg, St. Helena, Half Moon Bay, Sebastopol, San Pablo Reservoir Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

15
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Garden District and St. Louis Cathedral. Get some cultural insight at The National WWII Museum and New Orleans Museum of Art. You'll find plenty of places to visit near New Orleans: Gulf Islands National Seashore (in Ocean Springs), Mike the Tiger Habitat (in Baton Rouge) and Nottoway Plantation (in White Castle). There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, make a trip to Jackson Square, examine the collection at Cabildo, and appreciate the extensive heritage of French Quarter.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our New Orleans online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to New Orleans takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to New Orleans. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in New Orleans when traveling from San Francisco in May, with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Covington, Vacherie, Abita Springs, Nottoway Plantation, Destrehan Plantation
Highlights from your plan
Garden District ©
Garden District
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
French Quarter ©
French Quarter

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