60 days in California, Florida & New York City Itinerary

60 days in California, Florida & New York City Itinerary

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60 days in California, Florida & New York City Itinerary

Start: Doha
Fly + Drive:  24​h
1
South Lake Tahoe
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
St. Helena
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Carmel
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Diego
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
7
Miami Beach
— 2 nights
8
Big Pine Key
— 2 nights
bus:  45​min
9
Key West
— 7 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h
10
New York City
— 7 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Doha


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7
nights
South Lake Tahoe

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.
Visiting Tioga Pass and Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA will get you outdoors. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Baldwin Beach and El Dorado Beach. Step out of South Lake Tahoe with an excursion to West End Beach in Truckee--about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mono Pass Trail, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Hoffmann, kick back and relax at Lakeside Beach, and hike along Wapama Falls at Hetch Hetchy.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe sightseeing planner .

Doha, Qatar to South Lake Tahoe is an approximately 24-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -11 hour difference. Traveling from Doha in September, things will get cooler in South Lake Tahoe: highs are around 26°C and lows about 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to St. Helena.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park, Meeks Bay Beach, West End Beach
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 21:
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Mono Pass Trail ©
Mono Pass Trail
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

6
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
You'll explore and learn at Mumm Napa and The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Sonoma Coast State Beach and Bodega Dunes. Change things up with these side-trips from St. Helena: Benziger Family Winery (in Glen Ellen) and Healdsburg (Jordan Vineyard & Winery, Gracianna Winery, & more). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, stop by Oxbow Public Market, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the St. Helena tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to St. Helena in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in September, things will get a bit warmer in St. Helena: highs are around 34°C and lows about 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Napa, Healdsburg, Rutherford, Sonoma Coast State Beach, Bodega Dunes
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Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery

8
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Exploratorium and Ferry Building Marketplace. Museum-lovers will appreciate SS Jeremiah O'Brien and Musee Mecanique. There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take a stroll through SoMa, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and stroll through China Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco driving holiday planner .

You can drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from St. Helena in September, expect nights in San Francisco to be a bit warmer, around 17°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Parks Beaches
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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. Get in touch with nature at Point Lobos and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Relax by the water at Del Mar Beach and Asilomar State Beach. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at China Cove and Gibson Beach, stroll through Breakwater, and get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October in Carmel, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Breakwater
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
The Getty Center and Annenberg Community Beach House will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Montana Avenue. Venture out of the city with trips to Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and Nicholas Canyon Beach (in Malibu). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, immerse yourself in nature at El Pueblo de Los Angeles, kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles holiday planner .

You can fly from Carmel to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in October: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 32°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park, Nicholas Canyon Beach
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 17:
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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.
You'll get in some beach time at La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. USS Midway Museum and Spanish Village Art Center will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of San Diego to go to Encinitas and see Moonlight Beach State Park, which is approximately 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, kick back and relax at Black's Beach, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo.

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Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In October in San Diego, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Miami Beach.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Moonlight Beach State Park
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 23:
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

2
nights
Miami Beach

Miami Beach ©
Separated by water from the neighboring city of Miami, Miami Beach sits on a barrier island between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
Lincoln Road and Lock & Load Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Shark Valley Visitor Center and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. Take a break from Miami Beach with a short trip to Aventura Mall in Aventura, about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at South Beach and get a taste of the local shopping with Village of Merrick Park.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Miami Beach online route planner .

You can fly from San Diego to Miami Beach in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Diego to Miami Beach. Traveling from San Diego in October, things will get a bit warmer in Miami Beach: highs are around 36°C and lows about 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Big Pine Key.

Things to do in Miami Beach

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Miami, Aventura Mall, Shark Valley Visitor Center, Village of Merrick Park
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Shark Valley Visitor Center ©
Shark Valley Visitor Center
Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road
South Beach ©
South Beach

2
nights
Big Pine Key

Big Pine Key ©
Big Pine Key is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in Monroe County, Florida, United States, on an island of the same name in the Florida Keys. On the 27th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Bahia Honda State Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at National Key Deer Refuge. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Pigeon Key Foundation, then kick back and relax at Sombrero Beach, and then view the masterpieces at Shady Palm Art Gallery & Photography.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Big Pine Key vacation maker .

Getting from Miami Beach to Big Pine Key by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Key West.

Things to do in Big Pine Key

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Marathon
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Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
National Key Deer Refuge ©
National Key Deer Refuge
Sombrero Beach ©
Sombrero Beach

7
nights
Key West

Key West ©
Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and Truman Little White House. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Alan S. Maltz Gallery and Art On Duval Key West. When in Key West, make a side trip to see Fishing Charters & Tours in Islamorada, approximately 1h 55 min away. Spend the 31st (Thu) exploring nature at Dry Tortugas National Park. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, see the interesting displays at Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and get a taste of the local shopping with 7 Artists & Friends.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Key West journey planner .

You can take a bus from Big Pine Key to Key West in an hour. Another option is to drive. In October, daytime highs in Key West are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Fishing Charters & Tours
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Alan S. Maltz Gallery ©
Alan S. Maltz Gallery
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©

7
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.
For shopping fun, head to Fifth Avenue or SoHo. Appreciate the collections at 9/11 Memorial and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Times Square, steep yourself in history at Ellis Island, explore the world behind art at Frick Collection, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the New York City sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Key West to New York City in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Key West in November; daily highs in New York City reach 16°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
American Museum of Natural History ©

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