31 days in New York City, Niagara Falls & California Itinerary

31 days in New York City, Niagara Falls & California Itinerary

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31 days in New York City, Niagara Falls & California Itinerary

Start: Coimbatore
Fly + bus:  27​h
1
New York City
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h
2
Niagara Falls
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
St. Helena
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Coimbatore

5
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.
For shopping fun, head to Fifth Avenue or Kalustyan's. You'll explore and learn at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial. Change things up with a short trip to Gateway National Recreation in Sandy Hook (about 38 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Times Square, go for a walk through Central Park, look for gifts at Jangmi Jewelry, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the New York City trip itinerary planning tool .

Coimbatore, India to New York City is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Coimbatore to New York City due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Coimbatore in August: highs in New York City hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Gateway National Recreation
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Times Square ©
Times Square

3
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Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Niagara Falls and then try to win big at Seneca Niagara Casino. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of the Winds, contemplate the long history of Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex, and then get some fabulous bargains at Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, USA.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Niagara Falls trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from New York City to Niagara Falls by combination of flight and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from New York City in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 19°C in Niagara Falls. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trip

Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex
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Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds
Seneca Niagara Casino ©
Seneca Niagara Casino

6
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. Shop till you drop at Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Santa Monica Farmers Market. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach), Hermosa Beach Pier (in Hermosa Beach) and Montana Avenue (in Santa Monica). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway, look for gifts at Hollywood & Highland, and stroll the grounds of Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planner .

Getting from Niagara Falls to Los Angeles by combination of bus and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. In August, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach Pier
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach
Montana Avenue ©
Montana Avenue

4
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at La Jolla Cove and Black's Beach. When in San Diego, make a side trip to see Moonlight State Beach in Encinitas, approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park, stroll through Children's Pool, admire the striking features of Marston House Museum, and see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Moonlight State Beach, Coronado Beach
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Black's Beach ©
Black's Beach

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. On the 21st (Tue), stop by The Cheese Shop, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at San Carlos Cathedral and then immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach.

To find reviews and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip planner .

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Carmel takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from San Diego in August; daily highs in Carmel reach 24°C and lows reach 16°C. On the 22nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

San Carlos Cathedral, Asilomar State Beach
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Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

3
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, do a tasting at Schramsberg Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Pride Mountain Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Inglenook, and finally look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read St. Helena travel route builder tool .

Getting from Carmel to St. Helena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight, subway, and bus. Traveling from Carmel in August, you will find days in St. Helena are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Tours Wineries Shopping

Side Trips

Napa, Inglenook, Schramsberg Vineyards
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Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Wine Tours & Tastings
Inglenook ©
Inglenook

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Relax by the water at Fort Funston National Park and China Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Square. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, kick back and relax at Baker Beach, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and take a stroll through Chinatown.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco road trip site .

Traveling by car from St. Helena to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from St. Helena in August: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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