21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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Santa Monica
— 2 nights
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Malibu
— 3 nights
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Anaheim
— 2 nights
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Palm Springs
— 1 day
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Newport Beach
— 2 nights
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San Diego
— 2 nights
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New York City
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Los Angeles

— 4 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Escape the urban bustle at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Bay. Your inner history buff will appreciate Hollywood Walk of Fame and Venice Canals Walkway. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Getty Center, engage your brain at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and watch a film at California Science Center.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles online journey planner.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Los Angeles is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 12 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Abu Dhabi in September; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 34°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Shopping · Beaches · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica

— 2 nights

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade, kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach, then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and finally hunt for treasures at Santa Monica Farmers Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Annenberg Community Beach House, then browse the different shops at Rodeo Drive, and then admire the masterpieces at Santa Monica Museum of Art.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Santa Monica holiday maker.

Santa Monica is just a short distance from Los Angeles. Traveling from Los Angeles in October, expect nights in Santa Monica to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Malibu.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trip

Malibu

— 3 nights
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Carbon Beach, then examine the collection at The Getty Villa, then see the interesting displays at Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon Museum, and finally explore the striking landscape of Paramount Ranch. On the next day, take in the waterfront at Malibu Pier, then stroll through Zuma Beach, and then kick back and relax at El Matador State Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Malibu travel planner.

Malibu is just a short distance from Santa Monica. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Anaheim

— 2 nights

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
On the 6th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Founder's Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Seal Beach, then buy something for everyone on your list at The Outlets at Orange, and finally shop like a local with The Disney Gallery. On your second day here, make a trip to Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, browse the different shops at Ontario Mills, and then look for gifts at Tom's Farms.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Anaheim visit planning app.

You can drive from Malibu to Anaheim in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, tram, and train; or do a combination of bus and tram. When traveling from Malibu in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Anaheim: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Anaheim

Shopping · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Palm Springs

— 1 day
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Palm Springs Art Museum, shop like a local with VillageFest, then delve into the distant past at Indian Canyons, and finally don't miss a visit to Palm Canyon Drive.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Palm Springs trip planner.

Drive from Anaheim to Palm Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Anaheim, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Palm Springs, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Newport Beach.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Newport Beach

— 2 nights
City beaches line the coast from the Balboa Peninsula to the Santa Ana River in Newport Beach.
On the 9th (Wed), head off the coast to Balboa Island, admire the natural beauty at Sherman Library & Gardens, and then kick back and relax at Newport Beach. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Marina Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at The Wedge, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Newport Beach travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Palm Springs to Newport Beach in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Palm Springs in October, expect nights in Newport Beach to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are slightly colder, around 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Newport Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

San Diego

— 2 nights

America's Finest City

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.
On the 11th (Fri), see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove. On the next day, explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, then admire the striking features of Marston House Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Spanish Village Art Center, and finally shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Diego day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Newport Beach to San Diego takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in San Diego

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

New York City

— 3 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Do some cultural sightseeing at 9/11 Memorial and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Lido Beach and Cupsogue Beach County Park. Change things up with these side-trips from New York City: Point Lookout Beach (in Point Lookout) and Great Neck Steppingstone Park (in Great Neck). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Times Square, race across the water with a speed boat tour, explore the landscape on two wheels at East River Waterfront Esplanade, and browse the exhibits of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the New York City online itinerary planner.

You can fly from San Diego to New York City in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego to New York City, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from San Diego in October; daily highs in New York City reach 24°C and lows reach 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.