26 days in California & New York City Itinerary

26 days in California & New York City Itinerary

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26 days in California & New York City Itinerary

Start: Cairo
Fly:  19​h
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Cambria
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  11​h 15​min
New York City
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Cairo

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Castello di Amorosa and Limantour Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at San Gregorio State Beach and Bodega Head. Venture out of the city with trips to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville) and Sacramento (Old Sacramento & California State Railroad Museum). There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online trip maker .

Cairo, Egypt to San Francisco is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairo to San Francisco is minus 10 hours. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Cairo in June: highs in San Francisco hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Museums, #Beaches

Side Trips

Sacramento, Castello di Amorosa, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Drakes Beach, Bodega Head
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Union Square ©
Union Square
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bodie State Historic Park and Tioga Pass. Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and El Capitan. Change things up with these side-trips from Yosemite National Park: El Portal Market (in El Portal), Travertine Hot Spring (in Bridgeport) and Black Oak Casino (in Sonora). There's lots more to do: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, make a trip to Olmsted Point, admire all the interesting features of June Lake Loop, and look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park route planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Bridgeport, June Lake Loop, El Portal Market, Black Oak Casino, Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum
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Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

4
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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Point Lobos State Reserve and Carmel River State Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Lovers Point and Pebble Beach Golf Links. Venture out of the city with trips to National Steinbeck Center (in Salinas), Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park (in Big Sur) and Natural Bridges State Beach (in Santa Cruz). There's still lots to do: stop by The Cheese Shop, pause for some serene contemplation at San Carlos Cathedral, grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, and admire the architecture and history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Carmel road trip planning app .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for slightly colder days in Carmel, with highs around 23°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Carmel

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Trails

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove, National Steinbeck Center, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Natural Bridges State Beach
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Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Lovers Point ©
Lovers Point
Natural Bridges State Beach ©
Natural Bridges State Beach

4
nights
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Step off the beaten path and head to Elephant Seal Rookery and William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hearst Castle and Piedras Blancas Light Station. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cambria: Mission San Miguel Arcangel (in San Miguel), Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail (in Avila Beach) and Mission San Antonio de Padua (in Jolon). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, do a tasting at Opolo Vineyards, contemplate the waterfront views at Morro Bay National Estuary, and shop like a local with Pasolivo Olive Oil.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cambria trip planner .

You can drive from Carmel to Cambria in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Carmel in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Cambria: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Cambria

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Paso Robles, San Simeon, Morro Bay National Estuary, Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, Mission San Miguel Arcangel
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Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

3
nights
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Popular historic sites such as State Street and Old Mission Santa Ines are in your itinerary. We've included these beaches for you: Carpinteria State Beach and Arroyo Burro County Beach Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Barbara: Wine Tours & Tastings (in Santa Ynez), La Purisima State Historical Park (in Lompoc) and Ostrich Land (in Buellton). There's more to do: examine the collection at Reagan Ranch Center.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara travel planner .

You can drive from Cambria to Santa Barbara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Cambria, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Barbara, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trips

Carpinteria State Beach, Ostrich Land, La Purisima State Historical Park, Wine Tours & Tastings, Old Mission Santa Ines
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La Purisima State Historical Park ©
La Purisima State Historical Park
Old Mission Santa Ines ©
Old Mission Santa Ines
Reagan Ranch Center ©
Reagan Ranch Center

4
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.
Do your shopping at Fifth Avenue and Chelsea Market. Visit Gateway National Recreation and Island Beach State Park for some beach relaxation. Get out of town with these interesting New York City side-trips: Cattus Island County Park (in Toms River), Alex Ferrone Gallery (in Cutchogue) and Quogue Wildlife Refuge (in Quogue). There's lots more to do: make a trip to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at New York Public Library, wander the streets of Times Square, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the New York City route planning site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Santa Barbara to New York City in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in July: high temperatures in New York City hover around 35°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Museums

Side Trips

Alex Ferrone Gallery, Island Beach State Park, Gateway National Recreation, Cattus Island County Park, Quogue Wildlife Refuge
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
New York Public Library ©
New York Public Library

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