8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Napa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  8​h 45​min
End: New York City

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park and then meet the residents at San Diego Zoo.

Plan trip to San Diego with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

New York City to San Diego is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from New York City in April, things will get somewhat warmer in San Diego: highs are around 71°F and lows about 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Monterey.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then pause for some serene contemplation at San Carlos Cathedral.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Monterey itinerary planner.

Fly from San Diego to Monterey in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In May, Monterey is slightly colder than San Diego - with highs of 65°F and lows of 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Napa.

Things to do in Monterey

Beaches Nature Parks

Side Trips

Asilomar State Beach, Point Lobos
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
San Carlos Cathedral ©
San Carlos Cathedral

1
night
Napa

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Napa day trip planning website .

Getting from Monterey to Napa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, subway, and bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. Traveling from Monterey in May, expect nights in Napa to be about the same, around 48°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Napa

Tours
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Wine Tours & Tastings

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): shop like a local with Ferry Building Marketplace, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, then stroll through Golden Gate Park, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and finally don't miss a visit to Lombard Street.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner .

Traveling by car from Napa to San Francisco takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. When traveling from Napa in May, plan for slightly colder days in San Francisco, with highs around 69°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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