21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

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21 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Malibu
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Anaheim
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
6
Newport Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 15​min
8
New York City
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Abu Dhabi

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Getty Center and Mission San Gabriel Archangel. Museum-lovers will appreciate La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Skirball Cultural Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: The Cat House (in Rosamond) and Devil's Punchbowl Natural Area and Nature Center (in Pearblossom). There's still lots to do: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles online trip itinerary builder .

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Los Angeles is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 12 hours. Expect little chillier 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 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Old Pasadena, Mission San Gabriel Archangel, The Cat House, Devil's Punchbowl Natural Area and Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

2
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): admire all the interesting features of Greystone Mansion and Park, then immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Ocean Avenue. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Santa Monica Mountains, make a trip to Two Rodeo Drive, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Santa Monica travel route planner .

Santa Monica is just a short distance from Los Angeles. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Santa Monica, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 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

Side Trip

Beverly Hills
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade

2
nights
Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): browse the different shops at Malibu Country Mart, then kick back and relax 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: mingle with the ghosts of the past at Paramount Ranch, then see the interesting displays at Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Westward Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Malibu vacation website .

Malibu is very close to Santa Monica. In October, daily temperatures in Malibu can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Paramount Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
Paramount Ranch ©
Paramount Ranch

1
night
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. On the 4th (Fri), explore and take pictures at Indian Canyons, get a taste of the local shopping with Antique Galleries of Palm Springs, then contemplate the long history of Tennis Club District, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Las Palmas.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Palm Springs online day trip planner .

Getting from Malibu to Palm Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Malibu in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Palm Springs: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Anaheim.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Tennis Club District ©
Tennis Club District
Las Palmas ©
Las Palmas

1
night
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
On the 5th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Hsi Lai Temple, steep yourself in history at Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Cathedral, and finally shop like a local with The Disney Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by The Lego Store, then explore the stunning scenery at Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Oak Canyon Nature Center.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Anaheim visit planner.

Getting from Palm Springs to Anaheim by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, Anaheim is a bit cooler than Palm Springs - with highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Newport Beach.

Things to do in Anaheim

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Christ Cathedral, Hsi Lai Temple, Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park, Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Hsi Lai Temple ©
Hsi Lai Temple
Oak Canyon Nature Center ©
Oak Canyon Nature Center

1
night
Newport Beach

City beaches line the coast from the Balboa Peninsula to the Santa Ana River in Newport Beach.
On the 7th (Mon), step off the mainland to explore Balboa Island, admire the natural beauty at Sherman Library & Gardens, and then kick back and relax at Newport Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Marina Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Wedge, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Newport Beach trip planner .

Newport Beach is very close to Anaheim. In October in Newport Beach, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Newport Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Wedge ©
The Wedge
Newport Beach ©
Newport Beach

3
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
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): tour the pleasant surroundings at Coronado Beach, then kick back and relax at Windansea Beach, and then stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, then kick back and relax at Moonlight State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Newport Beach to San Diego takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a 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 travel to New York City.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Moonlight State Beach, Coronado Beach
Highlights from your plan
Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery

3
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial. Escape the urban bustle at Speed Boats Tours and Great Neck Steppingstone Park. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Brooklyn Heights Promenade, examine the collection at New York Public Library, wander the streets of Dumbo, and shop like a local with SoHo.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the New York City online sightseeing planner .

Getting from San Diego to New York City by combination of flight and bus takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. In October, New York City is a bit cooler than San Diego - with highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Brooklyn, Great Neck Steppingstone Park
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Ground Zero Museum Workshop ©
Ground Zero Museum Workshop

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