21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States attractions planner

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

— 3 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.
Appreciate the collections at The Getty Center and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Cat House and Old Pasadena. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Devil's Punchbowl Natural Area and Nature Center in Pearblossom, about 1 hour away. There's much more to do: take in the history at Mission San Gabriel Archangel, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, explore the different monuments and memorials at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles attractions planner.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Los Angeles is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from Abu Dhabi to Los Angeles, you'll gain 12 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Abu Dhabi in September: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 34°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
On the 30th (Mon), stroll around Greystone Mansion and Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Ocean Avenue. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Santa Monica Mountains, then browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive, and then shop like a local with Third Street Promenade.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Santa Monica trip itinerary builder tool.

Santa Monica is just a stone's throw from Los Angeles. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, you will find days in Santa Monica are slightly colder (30°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Malibu.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Malibu

— 2 nights
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): buy something for everyone on your list at Malibu Country Mart, then enjoy the sand and surf at Zuma Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at El Pescador State Beach. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Paramount Ranch, then see the interesting displays at Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon Museum, and then kick back and relax at Westward Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Malibu road trip site.

Malibu is very close to Santa Monica. In October, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Palm Springs

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Indian Canyons, view the masterpieces at Antique Galleries of Palm Springs, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Tennis Club District, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Las Palmas.

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Traveling by car from Malibu to Palm Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and tram. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Malibu in October: highs in Palm Springs hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Anaheim.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Anaheim

— 1 night

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): make a trip to Hsi Lai Temple, get engrossed in the history at Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Cathedral, and finally view the masterpieces at The Disney Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): stop by The Lego Store, stroll around Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Oak Canyon Nature Center.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Anaheim trip planner.

You can drive from Palm Springs to Anaheim in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Palm Springs in October, with highs in Anaheim at 34°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Newport Beach.

Things to do in Anaheim

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Newport Beach

— 1 night
City beaches line the coast from the Balboa Peninsula to the Santa Ana River in Newport Beach.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Balboa Island, then admire the natural beauty at Sherman Library & Gardens, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Newport Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Marina Park, enjoy the sand and surf at The Wedge, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Newport Beach trip planning site.

Newport Beach is very close to Anaheim. October in Newport Beach sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Newport Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

San Diego

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): kick back and relax at Coronado Beach, stroll through Windansea Beach, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, then stroll through Moonlight State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Diego route planner.

You can drive from Newport Beach to San Diego in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow time for the flight to New York City.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Brooklyn Heights Promenade and Chelsea Market. Appreciate the collections at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial. Step out of New York City with an excursion to Great Neck Steppingstone Park in Great Neck--about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: visit SoHo, take a stroll through Fifth Avenue, admire the masterpieces at Frick Collection, and get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the New York City online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from San Diego to New York City takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from San Diego in October; daily highs in New York City reach 24°C and lows reach 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · History Museums
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.