16 days in California & New York City Itinerary

16 days in California & New York City Itinerary

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16 days in California & New York City Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  11​h 15​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Death Valley National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  7​h
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
7
New York City
— 2 nights
End: New York City

3
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Taft Point and Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Get in touch with nature at Panorama Trail and Tunnel View. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and make a trip to Washburn Point.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

New York City to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and car. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Yosemite National Park is minus 3 hours. Traveling from New York City in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 10th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point and then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park online trip maker .

Traveling by combination of bus and car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 6 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in June: highs in Death Valley National Park hover around 98°F, while lows dip to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks
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Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest and then take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree and then explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 7 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in June, expect little chillier with lows of 62°F in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Simeon planner .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June since evenings lows in San Simeon dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

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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. On the 14th (Fri), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, and then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Carmel trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in June, you will find days in Carmel are much colder (68°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Escape the urban bustle at Muir Woods National Monument and Alcatraz Island. Visit Golden Gate Bridge and Filbert Steps for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: engage your brain at Exploratorium, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace, and take a stroll through Union Square.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. June in San Francisco sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Met Cloisters and 9/11 Memorial. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Central Park, take a memorable tour with Tours, get to know the fascinating history of Brooklyn Heights Promenade, and examine the collection at New York Public Library.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the New York City trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to New York City takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in June; daily highs in New York City reach 80°F and lows reach 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Brooklyn Heights Promenade
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Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Met Cloisters ©
The Met Cloisters

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