20 days in New York City & Los Angeles Itinerary

20 days in New York City & Los Angeles Itinerary

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20 days in New York City & Los Angeles Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + bus:  27​h
New York City
— 11 nights
Fly:  9​h
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

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.
Get some historical perspective at Gateway National Recreation and Ellis Island. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Frick Collection. You'll find plenty of places to visit near New York City: Jones Beach State Park (in Wantagh), Bronx Zoo (in Bronx) and Fire Island National Seashore (in Patchogue). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at 9/11 Memorial, take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the New York City trip maker site .

Melbourne, Australia to New York City is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Melbourne to New York City, you'll gain 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: highs in New York City hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Bronx Zoo, Gateway National Recreation, Jones Beach State Park, Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Fire Island National Seashore
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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

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 Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area. Museum-lovers will appreciate Getty Center The Publications and Griffith Observatory. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Santa Monica Mountains, Bergamot Station, & more). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of El Pueblo de Los Angeles, immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica Beach, look for gifts at Hollywood & Highland, and make a trip to Santa Monica Pier.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from New York City to Los Angeles takes 9 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 December, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer than New York City - with highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trip

Santa Monica
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

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