24 days in San Francisco, New Orleans & New York City Itinerary

24 days in San Francisco, New Orleans & New York City Itinerary

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24 days in San Francisco, New Orleans & New York City Itinerary

Start: Wellington
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
New Orleans
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h
3
New York City
— 14 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Wellington

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Marshall’s Beach and China Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Baker Beach. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park, get curious at Exploratorium, steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers, and wander the streets of Union Square.

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Wellington, New Zealand to San Francisco is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Wellington to San Francisco, you'll gain 20 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Wellington in August, things will get somewhat warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 26°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

3
nights
New Orleans

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Take a break from the city and head to Chalmette National Historical Park and Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The National WWII Museum and St. Louis Cathedral. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District, make a trip to French Quarter, tour the pleasant surroundings at Audubon Zoo, and admire the landmark architecture of Pontalba Buildings.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our New Orleans holiday planner.

Getting from San Francisco to New Orleans by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to New Orleans is 2 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in New Orleans: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 32°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in New Orleans

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Audubon Zoo ©
Audubon Zoo
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
Garden District ©
Garden District

14
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Fifth Avenue and Tiffany & Co.. 9/11 Memorial and Ellis Island will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near New York City: Tobay Beach (in Massapequa), Shinnecock East County Park (in Southampton) and Babylon (Gilgo Beach & Argyle Park). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History, take a stroll through Times Square, and kick back and relax at Point Lookout Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our New York City online travel route planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from New Orleans to New York City takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from New Orleans to New York City due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in New York City when traveling from New Orleans in August, with lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Babylon, Westhampton Beach, Great Neck Steppingstone Park, Point Lookout Beach, Lido Beach
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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 ©
American Museum of Natural History

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