43 days in Miami Beach, California & Central New York Itinerary

43 days in Miami Beach, California & Central New York Itinerary

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Miami Beach
— 7 nights
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
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San Simeon
— 1 night
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Big Sur
— 1 night
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Calistoga
— 4 nights
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 5 nights
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Borrego Springs
— 2 nights
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Fly to New York JFK, Bus to Hunter Mountain, Bus to Cooperstown
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Cooperstown
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Bus to Utica Amtrak Station, Train to New York JFK, Fly to Johannesburg

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Miami Beach

— 7 nights

The World's Playground

Separated by water from the neighboring city of Miami, Miami Beach sits on a barrier island between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Art Deco Historic District and Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Church. Step off the beaten path and head to Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and Anhinga Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Miami Beach: Fort Lauderdale (Las Olas Beach & Fort Lauderdale Beach Park), Hollywood Beach (in Hollywood) and Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (in Tavernier). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and take an in-depth tour of History of Diving Museum.

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Johannesburg, South Africa to Miami Beach is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Johannesburg in March, expect a bit warmer with lows of 21°C in Miami Beach. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Miami Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 5 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Palm Springs Art Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Santa Barbara County Courthouse and Petersen Automotive Museum. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara, about 1h 40 min away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, wander the streets of Angelino Heights Historic Area, and make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles travel route builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Miami Beach to Los Angeles takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Miami Beach to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Miami Beach in March, with highs in Los Angeles at 27°C and lows at 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can fly to San Simeon.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

San Simeon

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): stop by Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, and then step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Simeon holiday builder.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Simeon by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Los Angeles in March since evenings lows in San Simeon dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Big Sur

— 1 night

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, then kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and finally stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Big Sur planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Big Sur takes 2 hours. Traveling from San Simeon in March, expect nights in Big Sur to be a bit warmer, around 9°C, while days are little chillier, around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Calistoga.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Calistoga

— 4 nights
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Castello di Amorosa. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Wine Tours & Tastings and Robert Mondavi Winery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Calistoga: Healdsburg (Sapphire Hill Winery, Stephen & Walker Winery, &more) and Francis Ford Coppola Winery (in Geyserville). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Pride Mountain Vineyards, stroll through Safari West, and browse the exhibits of Mumm Napa.

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Getting from Big Sur to Calistoga by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of taxi, train, subway, and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Calistoga when traveling from Big Sur in March, with lows around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Calistoga

Wineries · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at California State Railroad Museum and de Young Museum. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Moss Landing--about 1h 50 min away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, get curious at Exploratorium, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral, and wander the streets of Union Square.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip maker tool.

Getting from Calistoga to San Francisco by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Calistoga in March since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 6 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Yosemite Falls and Bridalveil Fall. Do some cultural sightseeing at Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark and Yosemite Museum Gallery. There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, contemplate the waterfront views at Merced River, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Yosemite Valley Chapel.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park sightseeing planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. While traveling from San Francisco, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Death Valley National Park

— 5 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Step out of the city life by going to Badwater Basin and Zabriskie Point. Step off the beaten path and head to Dante's View and Artists Palette. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, cruise along Artists Dr, take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Gower Gulch Loop.

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Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, you will find days in Death Valley National Park are somewhat warmer (29°C), and nights are much warmer (11°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Borrego Springs.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Borrego Springs

— 2 nights
Borrego Springs is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Diego County, California. Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): explore the fascinating landscape at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Keep things going the next day: take in breathtaking views at Slot Canyon, stroll through Laguna Mountain Recreation Area, and then do a tasting at Ramona Ranch Vineyard & Winery.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Borrego Springs trip maker tool.

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Borrego Springs by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, train, and tram; or do a combination of car, bus, train, and tram. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Death Valley National Park in April, with highs in Borrego Springs at 38°C and lows at 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cooperstown.

Things to do in Borrego Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Cooperstown

— 2 nights

Village of Cooperstown

Best known as the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown embraces Americana.
Discover out-of-the-way places like National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and Northeast Classic Car Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Holy Trinity Monastery and Pail Shop Vineyards. Change things up with these side-trips from Cooperstown: Cobbler & Co (in Sharon Springs) and Howe Caverns (in Howes Cave).

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You can do a combination of flight and bus from Borrego Springs to Cooperstown in 14 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Borrego Springs to Cooperstown is 3 hours. Traveling from Borrego Springs in April, expect Cooperstown to be colder, temps between 14°C and 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cooperstown

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
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.