24 days in New York City & California Itinerary

24 days in New York City & California Itinerary

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24 days in New York City & California Itinerary

Start: Riyadh
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
New York City
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h
2
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Diego
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Riyadh

4
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.
Head to Fifth Avenue and Chelsea Marketfor some retail therapy. Get a sense of the local culture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial. Venture out of the city with trips to Gateway National Recreation (in Sandy Hook) and Bronx Zoo (in Bronx). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Times Square, don't miss a visit to Ellis Island, examine the collection at New York Public Library, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Artists & Fleas at Chelsea Market.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our New York City trip itinerary builder .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to New York City is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Riyadh to New York City, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Riyadh in June, with highs in New York City at 31°C and lows at 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gateway National Recreation, Bronx Zoo
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
American Museum of Natural History ©
American Museum of Natural History

6
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like La Brea Tar Pits & Museum and Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Cemetery. Get outdoors at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area. Venture out of the city with trips to Santa Monica (Santa Monica Mountains, Montana Avenue, & more). Pack the 30th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica Beach, stop by Hollywood & Highland, examine the collection at Getty Center The Publications, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles driving holiday planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and train from New York City to Los Angeles in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Los Angeles is minus 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Shopping Wildlife

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

6
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. Get a sense of the local culture at Old Point Loma Lighthouse and Oceanside Pier. There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, pause for some photo ops at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip itinerary builder site .

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Los Angeles in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Oceanside Pier
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Exploratorium and Asian Art Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Fort Funston National Park and China Beach. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to Moss Beach to see Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, stop by City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, shop like a local with Union Square, and take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Francisco road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from San Diego to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in San Francisco when traveling from San Diego in July, with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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