24 days in New York City, Chicago & Los Angeles Itinerary

24 days in New York City, Chicago & Los Angeles Itinerary

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24 days in New York City, Chicago & Los Angeles Itinerary

Start: New York City
1
New York City
— 15 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
3
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: New York City

15
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 The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Do your shopping at Fifth Avenue and Shopping Girlfriend NYC. Change things up with a short trip to Bronx Zoo in Bronx (about 36 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Times Square, see the interesting displays at New York Public Library, get a taste of the local shopping with Tiles For America, and take in the pleasant sights at Central Park.

Before you visit New York City, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

If you are flying in from India, the closest major airports are La Guardia Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and John F Kennedy International Airport. In April, daytime highs in New York City are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Bronx Zoo
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Fifth Avenue ©
Fifth Avenue
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
You've now added Marquette Building to your itinerary. On the 1st (Wed), explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, explore and take pictures at Millennium Park, and then shop like a local with The Magnificent Mile. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, try to win big at Horseshoe Hammond, and then admire the striking features of Marquette Building.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Chicago itinerary app .

Do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to Chicago in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from New York City in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in Chicago, with lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Horseshoe Hammond
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

2
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.
On the 3rd (Fri), take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then take a stroll through Montana Avenue, then wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and finally kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame, then explore the world behind art at Hammer Museum, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and finally browse the different shops at Third Street Promenade.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles online travel route planner .

Getting from Chicago to Los Angeles by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Chicago in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Santa Monica
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Montana Avenue ©
Montana Avenue
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

2
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take a stroll through Angelino Heights Historic Area and then look and learn at Griffith Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, then get a taste of the local shopping with Rodeo Drive, then get to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles online travel route planner .

Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Beaches Nature

Side Trips

Rodeo Drive, Santa Monica State Beach
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Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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