17 days in New York City & California Itinerary

17 days in New York City & California Itinerary

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17 days in New York City & California Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
New York City
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Mammoth Lakes
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Kuwait City

4
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Central Park and Statue of Liberty National Monument. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Times Square, explore the world behind art at The Museum of Modern Art, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and examine the collection at New York Public Library.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the New York City trip itinerary maker tool .

Kuwait City, Kuwait to New York City is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Kuwait City to New York City. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Kuwait City in August: highs in New York City hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
American Museum of Natural History ©

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Diego travel site .

Getting from New York City to San Diego by combination of bus and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from New York City in August: highs in San Diego hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Getty Center and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Disneyland Park, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, see the interesting displays at The Hollywood Museum, and explore the world behind art at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita.

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Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in August, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Theme Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

3
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Escape the urban bustle at Glacier Point and Taft Point. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Half Dome, make a trip to Yosemite Village, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and hike along Tuolumne Meadows.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Mammoth Lakes trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Mammoth Lakes takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, Mammoth Lakes is colder at night with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Half Dome ©
Half Dome
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

1
night
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.
On the 4th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Meeks Bay Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Baldwin Beach, and then kick back and relax at Kiva Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe day trip website .

Drive from Mammoth Lakes to South Lake Tahoe in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in South Lake Tahoe, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Meeks Bay Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. You'll get in some beach time at Marshall’s Beach and China Beach. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco route planner .

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 17°C in San Francisco. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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