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

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

Created using Inspirock United States sightseeing planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

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

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
4
Mount Shasta
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h
5
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Lone Pine
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  11​h 15​min
9
New York City
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  26​h
End: Melbourne

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island, and finally steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, get curious at Exploratorium, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco online attractions planner .

Melbourne, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to San Francisco is minus 18 hours. When traveling from Melbourne in January, plan for cooler days and slightly colder nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

1
night
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 5th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos, and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel route planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Simeon driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in San Simeon, with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mount Shasta.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Piedras Blancas Light Station
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas Light Station ©
Piedras Blancas Light Station

2
nights
Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta ©
Mount Shasta is a city in Siskiyou County, California, at about 3600ft above sea level on the flanks of Mount Shasta, a prominent northern California landmark. Take a break from the city and head to Mt. Shasta Nordic Center and Castle Lake. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shasta-Trinity National Forest and Large Junk Art Sculptures. Take a break from Mount Shasta with a short trip to Fort Crook Museum in Fall River Mills, about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum, stop by Soul Connections, admire the sheer force of McCloud Falls, and admire the natural beauty at Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Mount Shasta online tour planner .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Mount Shasta takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from San Simeon in January, things will get little chillier in Mount Shasta: highs are around 9°C and lows about -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Mount Shasta

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Fort Crook Museum, Large Junk Art Sculptures, Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens, McCloud Falls
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Castle Lake ©
Castle Lake
Fort Crook Museum ©
Fort Crook Museum
Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum ©
Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum

2
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Valley of Fire State Park and Wynn Las Vegas. Get in touch with nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Little Finland. Step out of Las Vegas to go to Boulder City and see Helicopter Tours, which is approximately 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Mob Museum and admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Las Vegas vacation planning app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mount Shasta to Las Vegas. Traveling from Mount Shasta in January, expect Las Vegas to be a bit warmer, temps between 17°C and 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Helicopter Tours, Little Finland, Valley of Fire State Park
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Get outdoors at Badwater Basin and Zabriskie Point. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fall Canyon and Eureka Mine. The adventure continues: hike along Wildrose Peak Trail, don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, and take some stellar pictures from Dante's View.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park trip maker site .

You can drive from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Las Vegas in January since evenings lows in Death Valley National Park dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lone Pine.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Fall Canyon ©
Fall Canyon

2
nights
Lone Pine

Lone Pine ©
Lone Pine is a census designated place (CDP) in Inyo County, California, United States. On the 16th (Thu), hike along Horseshoe Meadow Trail, hike along Mobius Arch Loop Trailhead, and then see a world frozen in time at Cerro Gordo Mines. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Mount Whitney Trail, then hike along Mt. Whitney, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Inyo National Forest.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Lone Pine driving holiday planner.

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Lone Pine by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Lone Pine, with lows around -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Lone Pine

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Mt. Whitney, Inyo National Forest, Cerro Gordo Mines
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Mount Whitney Trail ©
Mount Whitney Trail
Cerro Gordo Mines ©
Cerro Gordo Mines
Inyo National Forest ©
Inyo National Forest

3
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area and June Mountain. Discover out-of-the-way places like Glacier Point and Bear Valley. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park day trip planning tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Lone Pine to Yosemite National Park. In January, Yosemite National Park is little chillier than Lone Pine - with highs of 7°C and lows of -12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

June Mountain, Bear Valley Resort
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski Area
Bear Valley Resort ©
Bear Valley Resort

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.
Visit 9/11 Memorial and St. Patrick's Cathedral for their historical value. Kids will appreciate attractions like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Central Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Top of the Rock, admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and contemplate the long history of Ellis Island.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the New York City route builder website .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to New York City by combination of car, flight, and bus takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Yosemite National Park to New York City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in New York City, with lows around -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York Public Library ©
New York Public Library
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial

Similar Plans

30 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 30 days in California & Las Vegas BY A USER FROM ISRAEL August, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 27 days in United States BY A USER FROM SLOVENIA August, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 28 days in United States & Toronto BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA June, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 30 days in Las Vegas BY A USER FROM INDIA May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 29 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 26 days in United States, Niagara Falls & Toronto BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA April, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, popular sights PREFERENCES: April, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 28 days in United States, Canada & Havana BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA April, culture, romantic, historic sites, museums, popular sights PREFERENCES: April, culture, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 28 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 59 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Slow & easy 31 days in California BY A USER FROM GREECE August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 32 days in New York City BY A USER FROM INDIA January, culture, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: January, culture, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans