21 days in Denver, Los Angeles & New York City Itinerary

21 days in Denver, Los Angeles & New York City Itinerary

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21 days in Denver, Los Angeles & New York City Itinerary

Start: Wellington
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Denver
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
3
New York City
— 5 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Wellington

7
nights
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Escape the urban bustle at Winter Park Resort and Guanella Pass. Get some cultural insight at Benson Park Sculpture Garden and Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center. Get out of town with these interesting Denver side-trips: Estes Park (Bear Necessities & Cubs, Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, & more), Grand Lake (The Beach at Grand Lake & Spas & Wellness) and Mother Cabrini Shrine (in Golden). Spend the 21st (Sat) on the water with a fishing tour. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock, contemplate the long history of Hotel de Paris Museum, stroll through Cherry Creek State Park, and don't miss a visit to Dinosaur Ridge.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Denver online trip planner .

Wellington, New Zealand to Denver is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Wellington to Denver, you'll gain 19 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Wellington in December, expect Denver to be cooler, temps between 7°C and -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Estes Park, Georgetown, Winter Park Resort, The Beach at Grand Lake, Summit Lake Park
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Winter Park Resort ©
Winter Park Resort
Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center ©
Cherry Creek State Park ©
Cherry Creek State Park

5
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 outdoors at San Clemente State Beach and Mandalay State Beach. Get some cultural insight at Wiens Family Cellars - Winery and Vindemia Estate Winery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: 1,000 Steps Beach (in Laguna Beach), Ojai (Ojai Olive Oil & Meditation Mount) and Port Hueneme (U.S. Navy Seabee Museum & Point Mugu Missile Park). There's much more to do: do a tasting at Peltzer Winery, identify plant and animal life at Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological, learn about all things military at March Field Air Museum, and explore and take pictures at Greystone Mansion and Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip app .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Denver to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Denver to Los Angeles is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Denver in December, expect Los Angeles to be much hotter, temps between 24°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Temecula, Ojai, Port Hueneme, Mission San Buenaventura, Greystone Mansion and Park
Highlights from your plan
San Clemente State Beach ©
San Clemente State Beach
1,000 Steps Beach ©
1,000 Steps Beach
Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological ©
Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological

5
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.
Laurel Lake Vineyard and St. Catharine Catholic Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ponquogue Beach and Ocean Grove Beach. Explore New York City's surroundings by going to Boscobel House and Gardens (in Garrison), Historic Huguenot Street (in New Paltz) and Chuang Yen Monastery (in Carmel). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Lakota Wolf Preserve, learn about winemaking at Blue Ridge Estate Winery, admire the majestic nature at Sleeping Giant State Park, and admire the masterpieces at Yale Center for British Art.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our New York City trip itinerary maker tool .

Fly from Los Angeles to New York City in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to New York City is 3 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in January, things will get colder in New York City: highs are around 5°C and lows about -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Ponquogue Beach, Yale Center for British Art, Sleeping Giant State Park, Blue Ridge Estate Winery, Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Lakota Wolf Preserve ©
Lakota Wolf Preserve
Ocean Grove Beach ©
Ocean Grove Beach
Boscobel House and Gardens ©
Boscobel House and Gardens

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