23 days in California, Las Vegas & New York City Itinerary

23 days in California, Las Vegas & New York City Itinerary

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23 days in California, Las Vegas & New York City Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly + Foot:  8​h 45​min
4
New York City
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Drive:  11​h 15​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disney California Adventure Park & Disneyland Park). The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Getty Center, put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary maker app .

Melbourne, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Melbourne to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Melbourne in January, with highs in Los Angeles at 24°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

3
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.
San Diego is known for zoos & aquariums, museums, beaches, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, take a tour of Maritime Museum of San Diego, and see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego trip website .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. January in San Diego sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Museums
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

3
nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Las Vegas is known for nightlife, shopping, casinos, fun & games, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, explore the stunning scenery at Hoover Dam Bypass, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find where to stay and tourist information, go to the Las Vegas trip itinerary planning app .

You can fly from San Diego to Las Vegas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in January, things will get slightly colder in Las Vegas: highs are around 17°C and lows about 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:
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Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
Dig This ©
Dig This

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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Central Park, appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument, admire all the interesting features of The High Line, and take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the New York City vacation planner.

You can fly from Las Vegas to New York City in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. In January, New York City is slightly colder than Las Vegas - with highs of 5°C and lows of -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©

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.
Spend the 22nd (Wed) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, get great views at Tunnel View, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and car from New York City to Yosemite National Park takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; 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 January, Yosemite National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Francisco road trip planner .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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