21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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Santa Monica
— 2 nights
3
Malibu
— 2 nights
4
Palm Springs
— 1 night
5
Anaheim
— 1 night
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Newport Beach
— 1 night
7
San Diego
— 3 nights
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New York City
— 3 nights

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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.
Appreciate the collections at The Getty Center and Mission San Gabriel Archangel. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Old Pasadena. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Devil's Punchbowl Natural Area and Nature Center (in Pearblossom) and The Cat House (in Rosamond). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, take an in-depth tour of Skirball Cultural Center, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

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 21-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

Side Trips

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

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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.
On the 30th (Mon), steep yourself in history at 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

Side Trip

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

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Malibu

Malibu ©
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.

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to Malibu takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. 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 · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Paramount Ranch
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Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
Paramount Ranch ©
Paramount Ranch
Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon Museum ©
Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon Museum

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Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
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.

Plan a Palm Springs trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

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

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Anaheim

Anaheim ©
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, steep yourself in 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 identify plant and animal life 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

Side Trips

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

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Newport Beach

Newport Beach ©
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
Highlights from your plan
Balboa Island ©
Balboa Island
The Wedge ©
The Wedge
Newport Beach ©
Newport Beach

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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): 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: make a trip to 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 2 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 travel to New York City.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Brooklyn Heights Promenade and Chelsea Market. Appreciate the collections at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and New York Public Library. Step out of New York City with an excursion to Great Neck Steppingstone Park in Great Neck--about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Ground Zero Museum Workshop, appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial, take a stroll through Times Square, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our New York City trip builder.

Traveling by flight from San Diego to New York City takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from San Diego to New York City is 3 hours. In October, New York City is a bit cooler than San Diego - with highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Brooklyn, Great Neck Steppingstone Park
Highlights from your plan
Ground Zero Museum Workshop ©
Ground Zero Museum Workshop
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York Public Library ©
New York Public Library

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