9 days in New York City & California Itinerary

9 days in New York City & California Itinerary

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9 days in New York City & California Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + bus:  26​h
1
New York City
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
2
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

3
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.
You've now added Central Park Sightseeing to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): take a memorable tour with Central Park Sightseeing, take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, wander the streets of Fifth Avenue, then wander the streets of Times Square, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and then make a trip to Central Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our New York City driving holiday planner.

Melbourne, Australia to New York City is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Eastern Standard Time is minus 15 hours. In July, New York City is much warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in New York City

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Lido Beach
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Fifth Avenue ©
Fifth Avenue
Times Square ©
Times Square
Speed Boats Tours

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 30th (Tue), make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace, then take a stroll through Union Square, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and finally step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from New York City to San Francisco takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In July, San Francisco is slightly colder than New York City - with highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Union Square ©
Union Square

1
night
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.
To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park vacation tool .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 33°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias

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