15 days in California, New York City & New Orleans Itinerary

15 days in California, New York City & New Orleans Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
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San Diego
— 1 night
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New York City
— 3 nights
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New Orleans
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
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San Francisco — 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 9th (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, take in the pleasant sights at Lombard Street, then pause for some photo ops at Coit Tower, and finally browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge.

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Melbourne, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Melbourne to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In July, San Francisco is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Yosemite National Park — 3 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Glacier Point and Yosemite, Tunnel View. There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cooks Meadow Loop, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bridalveil Fall.

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You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 33°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park — 1 night

A Land of Giants

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park, then don't miss a visit to General Sherman Tree, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock Trail.

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Getting from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July; daily highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park reach 43°C and lows reach 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to San Diego.
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San Diego — 1 night

America's Finest City

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

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Traveling by flight from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Diego takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, plan for colder days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow time for the flight to New York City.
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New York City — 3 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Explore hidden gems such as Speed Boats Tours and Brooklyn Heights Promenade. The adventure continues: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, contemplate the long history of 9/11 Memorial, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to The Met Cloisters.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our New York City trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from San Diego to New York City by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego to New York City, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in New York City: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can fly to New Orleans.
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New Orleans — 3 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Whitney Plantation and Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site. Change things up with a short trip to Houmas House and Gardens in Darrow (about 1h 10 min away). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The National WWII Museum, admire the masterpieces at The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Louis Cathedral, and walk around Audubon Park.

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Fly from New York City to New Orleans in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City to New Orleans, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from New York City, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in New Orleans, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to fly to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 1 night

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
On the 22nd (Mon), learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and then see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum.

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You can fly from New Orleans to Los Angeles in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New Orleans to Los Angeles is minus 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from New Orleans in July since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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California travel guide

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The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.
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