22 days in California & New York City Itinerary

22 days in California & New York City Itinerary

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22 days in California & New York City Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + bus:  5​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  11​h 45​min
8
New York City
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Abu Dhabi

2
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.
Keep things going the next day: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, take a stroll through Montana Avenue, then take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and finally see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary app .

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Los Angeles is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -12 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Abu Dhabi in September: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 34°C and lows are around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Montana Avenue
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, get great views at Dante's View, and then make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Here are some ideas for day two: admire all the interesting features of Artists Dr and then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park tour planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, expect nights in Death Valley National Park to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 38°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
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Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

2
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Taft Point and Yosemite Falls. Step out of the city life by going to Sentinel Dome and Tuolumne Meadows. And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, hike along Nevada Falls Loop, make a trip to Yosemite Village, and explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip builder website .

You can do a combination of car and bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in October, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 22°C, while nights are much colder with lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

3
nights
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 Twin Peaks. Get a sense of the local culture at Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf. There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and take a stroll through Union Square.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco travel route tool .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites 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

2
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. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Bixby Bridge, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Carmel vacation planner .

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Big Sur
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Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

1
night
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.
On the 10th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read San Simeon online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Carmel in October, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Wildlife

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

2
nights
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.
On the 11th (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock, then contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree, and then trek along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park. On the next day, stroll through Congress Trail and then take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park online visit planner .

You can drive from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In October in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Congress Trail ©
Congress Trail

4
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.
Head to Fifth Avenue and Chelsea Marketfor plenty of shopping. Get some cultural insight at Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site and Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Lucas candies (in Haverstraw) and Bushkill Falls (in Bushkill). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Brooklyn Heights Promenade.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the New York City online travel route builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to New York City takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to New York City. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in October, plan for little chillier days in New York City, with highs around 24°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hyde Park, Brooklyn Heights Promenade, Gateways to Newark: Portraits, Bushkill Falls, Lucas candies
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 17:
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9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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