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

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

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

Start: Riyadh
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
New York City
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 4 nights
3
Las Vegas
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + bus:  5​h 30​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
6
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Riyadh

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.
Bring the kids along to Central Park and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. When in New York City, make a side trip to see Bronx Zoo in Bronx, approximately 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Empire State Building, snap pictures at Brooklyn Bridge, learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Paul's Chapel.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the New York City online journey maker .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to New York City is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Riyadh to New York City is minus 8 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Riyadh in June: high temperatures in New York City hover around 31°C and lows are around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Bronx Zoo
Find places to stay Jun 17 — 22:
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Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Bronx Zoo ©
Bronx Zoo

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like La Jolla Cove and Balboa Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at SeaWorld San Diego and Cabrillo National Monument. There's more to do: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo and snap pictures at San Diego - Coronado Bridge.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read San Diego vacation planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to San Diego in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. When traveling from New York City in June, plan for slightly colder days in San Diego, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Valley of Fire State Park and Hoover Dam Bypass. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Las Vegas: Boulder City (Hoover Dam & Helicopter Tours). There's still lots to do: push the limits with an extreme tour, ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains, see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Las Vegas online attractions planner .

You can fly from San Diego to Las Vegas in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from San Diego, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 46°C to lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Boulder City, Valley of Fire State Park
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Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Zabriskie Point and Badwater. Change things up with these side-trips from Death Valley National Park: Harmony Borax Works (in Death Valley Junction) and Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge (in Amargosa Valley). There's more to do: take some stellar pictures from Dante's View and don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park online route planner .

Traveling by bus from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Las Vegas in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 26°C in Death Valley National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 4:
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Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Glacier Point and Panorama Trail. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Tunnel View, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, cruise along Tioga Pass, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Wawona Meadow.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park vacation maker .

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park by bus takes about 5.5 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, expect Yosemite National Park to be colder, temps between 32°C and 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 9:
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View

2
nights
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 9th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Simeon attractions planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Simeon in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect colder days and a bit warmer nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Piedras Blancas Light Station
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 11:
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Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Piedras Blancas Light Station ©
Piedras Blancas Light Station

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Monterey Bay Aquarium and Point Lobos State Reserve. Bring the kids along to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Pfeiffer State Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Monterey side-trips: Big Sur (Bixby Bridge, Partington Cove, & more). The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, do a tasting at Pierce Ranch Vineyards Tasting Room, pause for some serene contemplation at San Carlos Cathedral, and stroll through Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach.

Before you visit Monterey, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Monterey takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 14:
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Explore hidden gems such as Limantour Beach and Muir Woods National Monument. Kids will enjoy Exploratorium and San Gregorio State Beach. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, make a trip to Lombard Street, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Limantour Beach, Muir Woods National Monument, San Gregorio State Beach
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

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