36 days in United States Itinerary

36 days in United States Itinerary

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36 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
+3
Bus + Fly + Subway + Bus:  4​h
3
Half Moon Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Carmel
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 14 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  8​h 15​min
7
New York City
— 5 nights
End: New York City

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Head to Union Square and Ferry Building Marketplacefor plenty of shopping. Let the collections at Exploratorium and Cable Car Museum capture your imagination. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Goat Rock Beach (in Jenner), Bodega Dunes (in Bodega) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, explore the historical opulence of Castello di Amorosa, steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers, and examine the collection at SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

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If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major airports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Goat Rock Beach, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Bodega Dunes, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, don't miss a visit to Valley View, then explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, get great views at Tunnel View, and then hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park tour itinerary planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Half Moon Bay.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

2
nights
Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay ©
Half Moon Bay is a coastal city in San Mateo County, California, United States. Relax by the water at Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach and Bean Hollow State Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Big Basin Redwoods State Park and Filoli. Go for a jaunt from Half Moon Bay to Redwood National Park to see Tall Trees Grove about 30 minutes away. It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Pescadero State Beach and stroll through Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Half Moon Bay route builder tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yosemite National Park to Half Moon Bay. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in September: highs in Half Moon Bay hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Half Moon Bay

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Pescadero, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Tall Trees Grove, Filoli, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Filoli ©
Filoli
Tall Trees Grove ©
Tall Trees Grove
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine 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. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jade Cove as well as Pfeiffer State Beach. There's more to do: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Carmel visit planner.

Traveling by car from Half Moon Bay to Carmel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. September in Carmel sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. On the 12th (Thu), you'll travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Pfeiffer State Beach, Jade Cove
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Jade Cove ©
Jade Cove

14
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Canine Creek Dog Wash & Pet Boutique and Nicholas Canyon Beach. Visiting El Pescador State Beach and Carpinteria State Beach will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve (in Carpinteria), Camarillo Premium Outlets (in Camarillo) and Malibu (El Matador State Beach & Zuma Beach). Have a day of magic on the 25th (Wed) at Disneyland Park. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Getty Center, don't miss a visit to Montana Avenue, browse the different shops at The Grove, and listen to music at Third Street Promenade.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Carmel to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Carmel in September, with highs in Los Angeles at 34°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Malibu, Santa Monica, Carpinteria, Tehachapi, Crystal Cove
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano

2
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like USS Midway Museum and Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church. Visiting Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Point Loma will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at Seaport Village, don't miss a visit to Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, and stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Diego trip planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, you will find days in San Diego are little chillier (30°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in San Diego

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Point Loma ©
Point Loma

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.
Get outdoors at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge and 8th Ave Jetty. Step off the beaten path and head to Sam's Point Preserve and Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Woodbury Common Premium Outlets (in Central Valley), Ansonia Nature & Recreation Center (in Ansonia) and Cornelia & Florence Bridge Nature Preserve (in Milford). And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of 9/11 Memorial, go for a walk through Central Park, and take a peaceful walk through Black Rock Forest Consortium.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the New York City travel route site .

Do a combination of flight and bus from San Diego to New York City in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Diego to New York City is 3 hours. In September, daytime highs in New York City are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, Cornelia & Florence Bridge Nature Preserve, Black Rock Forest Consortium
Highlights from your plan
Woodbury Common Premium Outlets ©
Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial