20 days in Kansas City, New York City & California Itinerary

20 days in Kansas City, New York City & California Itinerary

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20 days in Kansas City, New York City & California Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly + Drive:  31​h
1
Kansas City
— 6 nights
Fly + foot:  6​h 45​min
2
New York City
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h
End: Adelaide

6
nights
Kansas City

Kansas City ©
The city meets the Great Plains in Kansas City City, Kansas.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Muchnic Art Gallery and Cider Hill Family Orchard. Museum-lovers will appreciate Cabela's and Territorial Capital Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Evah C. Cray Historical Home (in Atchison), Museum of the Kansas National Guard (in Topeka) and Prairie Fire Winery (in Paxico). There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at Somerset Ridge Vineyard-Winery, get engrossed in the history at Shawnee Town 1929, get a new perspective on nature at KU Natural History Museum, and see the interesting displays at Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kansas City trip itinerary maker app .

Adelaide, Australia to Kansas City is an approximately 31-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia) to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -15 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Lawrence, Shawnee, Atchison, Parkville Nature Sanctuary, C.W. Parker Carousel Museum
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Prairie Fire Winery & Vineyard ©
Prairie Fire Winery & Vineyard
Parkville Nature Sanctuary ©
Parkville Nature Sanctuary

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.
Do your shopping at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets and Fifth Avenue. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Greenwich Village and Dumbo. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at Ground Zero Museum Workshop, wander the streets of Times Square, and walk around Washington Square Park.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for New York City using our trip planner.

You can fly from Kansas City to New York City in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kansas City to New York City due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in New York City

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, Dumbo
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Woodbury Common Premium Outlets ©
Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
Ground Zero Museum Workshop ©
Ground Zero Museum Workshop

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step off the beaten path and head to Oxbow Public Market and Cable Car Museum. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Square. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Mumm Napa (in Rutherford), VJB Cellars (in Kenwood) and Patrick Amiot (in Sebastopol). Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and take in the exciting artwork at Xanadu Gallery (V. C. Morris Gift Shop).

To see where to stay and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco sightseeing planner .

Getting from New York City to San Francisco by combination of bus and flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to San Francisco. When traveling from New York City in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Museums Wineries

Side Trips

VJB Cellars, Patrick Amiot, Oxbow Public Market, Mumm Napa
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Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Oxbow Public Market ©
Oxbow Public Market

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then examine the collection at The Nethercutt Collection, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about all things military at Battleship USS Iowa BB-61, look for gifts at LA Farmers' Market, and then browse the different shops at The Americana at Brand.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles online tour planner .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from San Francisco in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. On the 7th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums

Side Trip

The Americana at Brand
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Battleship USS Iowa Museum ©
Battleship USS Iowa Museum
LA Farmers' Market ©
LA Farmers' Market

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