20 days in New York City & California Itinerary

20 days in New York City & California Itinerary

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20 days in New York City & California Itinerary

Dubai
Fly:  15​h 45​min
New York City
— 6 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  3​h 30​min
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  19​h
Dubai

5
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.
Bring the kids along to Central Park and American Museum of Natural History. When in New York City, make a side trip to see Bronx Zoo in Bronx, approximately 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the galleries of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, stroll through The High Line, enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, and make a trip to Grand central terminal.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the New York City trip planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to New York City is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Dubai to New York City. While traveling from Dubai, expect colder days and little chillier nights in New York City, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Brooklyn Bridge, Bronx Zoo
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Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©

4
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 Maritime Museum of San Diego will thrill your kids. Pack the 9th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Balboa Park, kick back and relax at Children's Pool, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, and see the interesting displays at San Diego Model Railroad Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Diego online trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to San Diego in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. In July, San Diego is little chillier than New York City - with highs of 28°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
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San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Balboa Park
Balboa Park

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.
Family-friendly places like Disneyland Park and Griffith Observatory will thrill your kids. Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim--about 40 minutes away. Pack the 13th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Getty Center The Publications, explore the fascinating underground world of Bronson Caves, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Diego in July, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

5
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences. There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, admire all the interesting features of AT&T Park, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Francisco online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Los Angeles to San Francisco by combination of train and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in July, with highs in San Francisco at 26°C and lows at 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Childrens Museums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences

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