17 days in California & New York City Itinerary

17 days in California & New York City Itinerary

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17 days in California & New York City Itinerary

Sydney
Fly:  18​h
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h
New York City
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
Sydney

4
days
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.
Kids will enjoy Disneyland Park and Universal Studios Hollywood. Change things up with a short trip to Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim (about 40 minutes away). There's still lots to do: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, examine the collection at Getty Center The Publications, explore the fascinating underground world of Bronson Caves, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to Los Angeles. In April, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

3
days
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.
Family-friendly places like San Diego Zoo and Cabrillo National Monument will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, and examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego trip planner .

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Balboa Park
Balboa Park

4
days
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.
Attractions like Central Park and The Metropolitan Museum of Art make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, take some stellar pictures from Top of the Rock Observation Deck, don't miss a visit to 9/11 Memorial, and see the interesting displays at New York Public Library.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our New York City trip app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Diego to New York City in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from San Diego to New York City, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Diego in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 15°C in New York City. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Central Park ©
Central Park
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©

3
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Family-friendly places like Exploratorium and Crissy Field will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to San Francisco in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from New York City to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in San Francisco are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

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