60 days in New York City, Indianapolis & California Itinerary

60 days in New York City, Indianapolis & California Itinerary

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60 days in New York City, Indianapolis & California Itinerary

Start: Durham
train + Fly:  13​h
1
New York City
— 9 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Indianapolis
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
San Diego
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Palm Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Los Angeles
— 8 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Mammoth Lakes
— 8 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
South Lake Tahoe
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Napa
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Healdsburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Durham

9
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 Reading Terminal Marketfor some retail therapy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near New York City: Philadelphia (Society Hill, Rittenhouse Square, & more). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Central Park, stop by Tiffany & Co., explore the galleries of 9/11 Memorial, and admire the landmark architecture of Grand Central Terminal.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the New York City visit planner .

Durham, UK to New York City is an approximately 13-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Durham to New York City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Durham in October, things will get somewhat warmer in New York City: highs are around 24°C and lows about 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Indianapolis.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Philadelphia
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 10:
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Central Park ©
Central Park
Fifth Avenue ©
Fifth Avenue
Tiffany & Co. ©
Tiffany & Co.

6
nights
Indianapolis

Indianapolis ©
Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Applacres and Bloomington Community Farmers Market. Change things up with these side-trips from Indianapolis: Indiana University (in Bloomington), Clay Terrace (in Carmel) and Cabbages & Kings (in Crawfordsville). There's still lots to do: have some family-friendly fun at Bad Axe Throwing, identify plant and animal life at Exotic Feline Rescue Center, head outdoors with Dayton Dragons Baseball, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Indianapolis trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from New York City to Indianapolis takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Indianapolis when traveling from New York City in October, with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Bloomington, Gaither Family Resource Center, Applacres, Dayton Dragons Baseball, Clay Terrace
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 16:
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Applacres ©
Applacres
Gaither Family Resource Center ©
Gaither Family Resource Center
Indiana Premium Outlets ©
Indiana Premium Outlets

6
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.
Do your shopping at Gaslamp Quarter and Cedros Design District. Change things up with these side-trips from San Diego: Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine), Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas) and Art Beat on Main Street (in Vista). There's much more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, walk around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SeaWorld San Diego.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Diego itinerary planning app .

Fly from Indianapolis to San Diego in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Indianapolis to San Diego, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Indianapolis in October; daily highs in San Diego reach 30°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Art Beat on Main Street, Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, Cedros Design District, Lions, Tigers & Bears
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 22:
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter
Spanish Village Art Center ©
Spanish Village Art Center

2
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): look for gifts at Gubler Orchids, then take in the awesome beauty at Eureka Peak, then get a taste of the local shopping with Heather James Fine Art, and finally take in the exciting artwork at CODA Gallery. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Antique Galleries of Palm Springs, view the masterpieces at Ricardo Breceda Gallery & Sculpture Garden, then don't miss a visit to Redlands Bowl, and finally revel in the low prices at Desert Hills Premium Outlets.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Palm Springs trip builder tool .

Drive from San Diego to Palm Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Diego in October, expect nights in Palm Springs to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 39°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trips

Palm Desert, Eureka Peak, Desert Hills Premium Outlets, Ricardo Breceda Gallery & Sculpture Garden, Redlands Bowl
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 24:
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Gubler Orchids ©
Gubler Orchids
Desert Hills Premium Outlets ©
Desert Hills Premium Outlets

8
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.
Do your shopping at Amoeba Music and Santa Monica Farmers Market. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Anaheim (The Disneyland Story Presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, The Disney Gallery, & more) and Third Street Promenade (in Santa Monica). The adventure continues: browse the different shops at The Grove, revel in the low prices at Citadel Outlets, shop like a local with Annenberg Community Beach House, and wander the streets of Montana Avenue.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Palm Springs to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Palm Springs in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim, Beverly Hills, The Gamble House, The Americana at Brand
Find places to stay Oct 24 — Nov 1:
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Amoeba Music ©
Amoeba Music
The Grove ©
The Grove
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade

8
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Head to Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Galleryfor some retail therapy. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, and hike along Nevada Falls Loop.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mammoth Lakes route maker website .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Mammoth Lakes takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, Mammoth Lakes is cooler than Los Angeles - with highs of 14°C and lows of -8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 9:
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Museum Gallery ©
Yosemite Museum Gallery
Ansel Adams Gallery ©
Ansel Adams Gallery

5
nights
South Lake Tahoe

High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Do your shopping at Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters and Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around South Lake Tahoe: Homewood (Eagle Rock Hiking Trail & SWA Watersports), Truckee (Mt Judah Loop Trail, Truckee Bike Park, & more) and Truckee River Bike Trail (in Tahoe City). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park, hike along Mt. Tallac Trail, examine the collection at Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Mammoth Lakes to South Lake Tahoe in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Mammoth Lakes in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of -3°C in South Lake Tahoe. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Napa.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Truckee, Homewood, Emerald Bay State Park, Truckee River Bike Trail
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 14:
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Speed Boats Tours
Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters ©
Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters
Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery ©
Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery

4
nights
Napa

Napa ©
Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Oxbow Public Market and V Marketplace. Get out of town with these interesting Napa side-trips: St. Helena (Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, Pride Mountain Vineyards, & more), Schramsberg Vineyards (in Calistoga) and Simraceway Performance Driving Center (in Sonoma). The adventure continues: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, do a tasting at Inglenook, explore the world behind art at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum, and view the masterpieces at Mumm Napa.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Napa online trip builder .

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Napa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In November, Napa is a bit warmer than South Lake Tahoe - with highs of 22°C and lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Shopping Tours

Side Trips

Glen Ellen, Sonoma, St. Helena, Rutherford, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 18:
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Mumm Napa ©
Mumm Napa
Oxbow Public Market ©
Oxbow Public Market
V Marketplace ©
V Marketplace

3
nights
Healdsburg

Healdsburg ©
The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
Head to Petaluma Seed Bank and Patrick Amiotfor some retail therapy. Explore Healdsburg's surroundings by going to Sonoma Coast State Beach (in Sonoma) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). There's much more to do: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, do a tasting at Gracianna Winery, identify plant and animal life at Safari West, and see the interesting displays at Charles M. Schulz Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Healdsburg visit planner.

Getting from Napa to Healdsburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, daytime highs in Healdsburg are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Parks Wineries Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Sonoma Coast State Beach, Petaluma Seed Bank, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 21:
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Safari West ©
Safari West
Petaluma Seed Bank ©
Petaluma Seed Bank
Patrick Amiot ©
Patrick Amiot

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Ghirardelli Squarefor plenty of shopping. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, wander the streets of Union Square, stroll around Golden Gate Park, and explore and take pictures at Alcatraz Island.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco route maker tool .

Traveling by car from Healdsburg to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Healdsburg in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Tours Museums
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 28:
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Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market ©
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
Union Square ©
Union Square

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