60 days in New York City & California Itinerary

60 days in New York City & California Itinerary

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60 days in New York City & California Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + bus:  25​h
1
New York City
— 7 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
2
Palm Springs
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Lone Pine
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Death Valley National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Quincy
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Mount Shasta
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Eureka
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Mendocino
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Ukiah
— 7 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
10
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
Carmel
— 6 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Sydney

7
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and Hudson Beach Glass Inc. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Woodbury Common Premium Outlets and Callie's Candy Kitchen. Venture out of the city with trips to Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center (in Poughkeepsie) and Zane Grey Museum (in Lackawaxen). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Fifth Avenue, look for gifts at M&M'S World New York, examine the collection at New York Public Library, and admire the masterpieces at Frick Collection.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read New York City trip maker .

Sydney, Australia to New York City is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -15 hour difference. In February, New York City is colder than Sydney - with highs of 8°C and lows of -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Palm Springs.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Callie's Candy Kitchen, Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Hudson Beach Glass, Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, Zane Grey Museum
Highlights from your plan

5
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Get some cultural insight at Palm Springs Air Museum and CODA Gallery. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Palm Springs Art Museum and Joshua Tree National Park. Explore Palm Springs' surroundings by going to Ryan Mountain (in Joshua Tree National Park) and Living Desert Zoo & Gardens (in Palm Desert). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of El Paseo Shopping District, hunt for treasures at VillageFest, stop by Crystal Fantasy, and take in breathtaking views at Indian Canyons.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Palm Springs journey maker tool .

You can fly from New York City to Palm Springs in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to Palm Springs. When traveling from New York City in February, plan for much hotter days in Palm Springs, with highs around 26°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 11°C. On the 13th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lone Pine.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Palm Desert, Ryan Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Ryan Mountain ©
Ryan Mountain
Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum

4
nights
Lone Pine

Lone Pine ©
Lone Pine is a census designated place (CDP) in Inyo County, California, United States. Get some cultural insight at Eastern California Museum and General Sherman Tree. Visiting Mount Whitney Trail and Inyo National Forest will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Lone Pine Film History Museums, trek along Mt. Whitney, and explore the stunning scenery at Lone Pine Creek.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Lone Pine online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Palm Springs to Lone Pine in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. While traveling from Palm Springs, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Lone Pine, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Lone Pine

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, Inyo National Forest, Eastern California Museum
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Western Film History ©
Museum of Western Film History
Eastern California Museum ©
Eastern California Museum
Mt. Whitney ©
Mt. Whitney

6
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Maturango Museum-Indian Wells and Charcoal Kilns are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Badwater and Zabriskie Point will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Death Valley National Park: Trona Pinnacles (in Trona), U.S. Naval Museum of Armament & Technology (in China Lake) and Golden Canyon (in Death Valley Junction). There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, stroll through Salt Creek Interpretive Trail, cruise along Artists Dr, and explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Death Valley National Park road trip planning app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Lone Pine to Death Valley National Park. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Lone Pine in February, with highs in Death Valley National Park at 22°C and lows at 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Quincy.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Maturango Museum, Trona Pinnacles, U.S. Naval Museum of Armament & Technology
Highlights from your plan
Golden Canyon ©
Golden Canyon
Trona Pinnacles ©
Trona Pinnacles
Salt Creek Interpretive Trail ©
Salt Creek Interpretive Trail

6
nights
Quincy

Quincy ©
Quincy is a census-designated place and the county seat of Plumas County, California.The population was 1,728 during the 2010 census, down from 1,879 during the 2000 United States Census.HistoryQuincy started as a Gold Rush community just outside Elizabethtown, CA. Appreciate the collections at Plumas County Museum and Gaumer's Jewelry. For shopping fun, head to Olive Pit or Lucero Olive Oil. Explore Quincy's surroundings by going to Western Pacific Railroad Museum (in Portola), Kentucky Mine Museum (in Sierra City) and Grass Valley (North Star Powerhouse Mining Museum & Lazy Dog Chocolateria). On the 28th (Wed), ski the day away in the pristine settings at Sugar Bowl Resort. There's more to do: tee off at Golf Club at Whitehawk Ranch and explore the activities along Lake Basin Recreation Area.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Quincy trip planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Death Valley National Park to Quincy. While traveling from Death Valley National Park, expect much colder days and about the same nights in Quincy, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Mount Shasta.

Things to do in Quincy

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trips

Corning, Grass Valley, Kentucky Mine Museum, Sugar Bowl Resort, Western Pacific Railroad Museum
Highlights from your plan
Sugar Bowl Resort ©
Sugar Bowl Resort
Olive Pit ©
Olive Pit
Western Pacific Railroad Museum ©
Western Pacific Railroad Museum

5
nights
Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta ©
Mount Shasta is a city in Siskiyou County, California, at about 3600ft above sea level on the flanks of Mount Shasta, a prominent northern California landmark. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Siskiyou County Museum and Wild Horse Sanctuary. Museum-lovers will get to explore Jake Jackson Museum and Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum. When in Mount Shasta, make a side trip to see Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park in Weaverville, approximately 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: stop by The Weed Store, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Shasta-Trinity National Forest, take in the dramatic scenery at McCloud Falls, and fly down the slopes at Mt Shasta Ski Park.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Mount Shasta online day trip planner .

Drive from Quincy to Mount Shasta in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in March, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Eureka.

Things to do in Mount Shasta

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Weaverville, McCloud Falls, Siskiyou County Museum, Wild Horse Sanctuary, The Weed Store
Highlights from your plan
Mt Shasta Ski Park ©
Mt Shasta Ski Park
Wild Horse Sanctuary ©
Wild Horse Sanctuary

3
nights
Eureka

Eureka ©
Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. For shopping fun, head to Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum or Golden Gait Mercantile. Do some cultural sightseeing at Trinidad Art Gallery and Ferndale Historic Cemetery. There's still lots to do: learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, and take an in-depth tour of Ferndale Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Eureka trip planner .

Drive from Mount Shasta to Eureka in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Mount Shasta in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Eureka, with lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Mendocino.

Things to do in Eureka

Museums Shopping Beaches

Side Trips

Ferndale, Trinidad, Humboldt State University Natural History Museum, Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum
Highlights from your plan
Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum ©
Ferndale Historic Cemetery ©
Ferndale Historic Cemetery
Ferndale Museum ©
Ferndale Museum

6
nights
Mendocino

Mendocino ©
Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. We've included these beaches for you: Black Sands Beach and Noyo Headlands Park. Let the collections at Highlight Gallery and Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery capture your imagination. Step out of Mendocino to go to Point Arena and see Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, contemplate the waterfront views at Big River, admire the majestic nature at Jug Handle State Reserve, and examine the collection at Triangle Tattoo & Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Mendocino road trip tool .

You can drive from Eureka to Mendocino in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Eureka in March, expect nights in Mendocino to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ukiah.

Things to do in Mendocino

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Fort Bragg, Black Sands Beach, Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA
Highlights from your plan
Mendocino Headlands State Park ©
Mendocino Headlands State Park
Black Sands Beach ©
Black Sands Beach

7
nights
Ukiah

Ukiah ©
Ukiah is the county seat and largest city of Mendocino County, California. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Historic Courthouse Museum and Mendocino County Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Castello di Amorosa and Sharpsteen Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Ukiah side-trips: Geyserville (Pech Merle Winery Tasting Lounge & Cast Wines), Navarro Vineyards & Winery (in Philo) and BobDog Winery (in Cloverdale). And it doesn't end there: trek along Gualala Point Regional Park, see the interesting displays at Grace Hudson Museum-Sun House, learn about winemaking at Saracina Vineyards, and admire the verdant scenery at Anderson Valley.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ukiah trip planner .

Drive from Mendocino to Ukiah in 1.5 hours. March in Ukiah sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Ukiah

Wineries Museums Parks

Side Trips

Geyserville, Hopland, Calistoga, Philo, Gualala Point Regional Park
Highlights from your plan
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Navarro Vineyards ©
Navarro Vineyards
Mendocino County Museum ©
Mendocino County Museum

3
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Elephant Seal Rookery and Moonstone Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Friends of Hearst Castle and Hearst Ranch Winery Tasting Room. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, stop by Sebastian General Store, and enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Simeon journey builder .

You can drive from Ukiah to San Simeon in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. While traveling from Ukiah, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Piedras Blancas Light Station ©
Piedras Blancas Light Station
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

6
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. Museum-lovers will appreciate Coast Gallery Big Sur and Colton Hall Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Point Lobos State Reserve and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Get out of town with these interesting Carmel side-trips: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, Partington Cove, & more). There's much more to do: stroll through Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at China Cove and Gibson Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, and take a memorable drive along Seventeen Mile Drive.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Carmel trip maker app .

Drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from San Simeon in March, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 9°C at night. On the 31st (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

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