25 days in West Coast, New York City & Washington DC Itinerary

25 days in West Coast, New York City & Washington DC Itinerary

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25 days in West Coast, New York City & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Portland
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Seattle
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  8​h 30​min
4
New York City
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Washington DC
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
6
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Manila, Luzon

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.
Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, about 38 minutes away. Pack the 25th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Getty Center The Publications, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, Head underground at Bronson Caves, and admire the striking features of Bradbury Building.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles online sightseeing planner

Manila, Philippines to Los Angeles is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Philippines Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 16 hours. Traveling from Manila in December, expect nights in Los Angeles to be much colder, around 11°C, while days are little chillier, around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Portland.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

2
nights
Portland

Portland ©
A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Lan Su Chinese Garden, contemplate the long history of Pittock Mansion, then hike along Forest Park, then stroll through Oregon Zoo, and finally look for gifts at Powell's City of Books. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Portland Japanese Garden and then head outdoors with Portland Timbers.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Portland trip itinerary website

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Los Angeles to Portland takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in December, plan for cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Portland: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Portland Japanese Garden ©
Portland Japanese Garden
Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books
Forest Park ©
Forest Park

3
nights
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Seattle Art Museum, then meet the residents at Seattle Aquarium, then explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle. On the next day, examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, shop like a local with Pike Place Market, then pause for some photo ops at Fremont Troll, and finally take in the waterfront at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Seattle holiday planner

You can fly from Portland to Seattle in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Seattle sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. You will leave for New York City on the 31st (Sun).

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

7
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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, admire the landmark architecture of Grand central terminal, admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and enjoy breathtaking views from Top of the Rock Observation Deck.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the New York City online road trip planner

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Seattle to New York City in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 3 hours. In December in New York City, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

4
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Washington DC is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, pause for some photo ops at Washington Monument, take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Washington DC itinerary planner

Traveling by flight from New York City to Washington DC takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from New York City in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Washington DC, with lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow time for travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco attractions planner

You can fly from Washington DC to San Francisco in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. In January, San Francisco is somewhat warmer than Washington DC - with highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C. On the 15th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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