20 days in Los Angeles, Las Vegas & New York City Itinerary

20 days in Los Angeles, Las Vegas & New York City Itinerary

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20 days in Los Angeles, Las Vegas & New York City Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  18​h
1
Los Angeles
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
3
New York City
— 6 nights
bus + Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney

7
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at El Pueblo de Los Angeles and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Head to Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Montana Avenuefor some retail therapy. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and Santa Monica (Bergamot Station & Santa Monica Farmers Market). Pack the 12th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles holiday maker tool .

Sydney, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -18 hour difference. When traveling from Sydney in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©

4
nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Strip and Pinball Hall of Fame. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Mob Museum and Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. Step out of Las Vegas to go to Boulder City and see Hoover Dam, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains, try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, and examine the collection at The Neon Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas attractions planner .

You can fly from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. October in Las Vegas sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 18°C at night. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to New York City.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Hoover Dam
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum
The Neon Museum ©
The Neon Museum

6
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.
Let the collections at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like 9/11 Memorial and Fifth Avenue. And it doesn't end there: browse the exhibits of Ellis Island, don't miss a visit to Times Square, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and see the interesting displays at New York Public Library.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Las Vegas to New York City takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Las Vegas to New York City. Traveling from Las Vegas in October, expect nights in New York City to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are little chillier, around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
American Museum of Natural History ©
American Museum of Natural History

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