22 days in California & New York City Itinerary

22 days in California & New York City Itinerary

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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Carmel
— 2 nights
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San Simeon
— 1 night
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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New York City
— 4 nights

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): look and learn at Griffith Observatory, don't miss a visit to Montana Avenue, then wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and finally examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip builder website.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Los Angeles is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 12 hours. Traveling from Abu Dhabi in September, expect Los Angeles to be a bit cooler, temps between 34°C and 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 · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 27 — 29:
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Montana Avenue ©
Montana Avenue

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 30th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, then take some stellar pictures from 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 explore the activities along Badwater Basin.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Death Valley National Park route builder website.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in September: highs in Death Valley National Park hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 1:
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Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Dr
Artists Dr
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

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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 Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome. Visiting Yosemite, Tunnel View and Yosemite Falls will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, don't miss a visit to Washburn Point, get answers to all your questions at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and trek along Nevada Falls Loop.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park travel planner.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 22°C, while nights are colder with lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 4:
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Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods National Monument. Visit Golden Gate Bridge and Filbert Street Stairs for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, engage your brain at Exploratorium, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and take a stroll through Union Square.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Francisco visit planner.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, plan for a bit warmer days in San Francisco, with highs around 26°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 7:
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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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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. Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, then contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Carmel trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. October in Carmel sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach and then identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Simeon driving holiday site.

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. When traveling from Carmel in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 33°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©

A Land of Giants

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 Trail, then steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree, and then hike along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Congress Trail and then take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip maker tool.

Getting from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock Trail ©
Moro Rock Trail
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Congress Trail ©
Congress Trail

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New York City

New York City ©

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. Visit Brooklyn Heights Promenade and Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Bushkill Falls (in Bushkill) and Lucas candies (in Haverstraw). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Ground Zero Museum Workshop, wander the streets of Greenwich Village, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and get a taste of the local shopping with Fifth Avenue.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our New York City trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to New York City in 12 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to New York City. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in October: highs in New York City hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 13 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Ground Zero Museum Workshop ©
Ground Zero Museum Workshop
Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site ©
Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

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