29 days in Los Angeles, New York City & San Francisco Itinerary

29 days in Los Angeles, New York City & San Francisco Itinerary

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29 days in Los Angeles, New York City & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 8 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
2
New York City
— 8 nights
Bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
3
San Francisco
— 10 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Auckland

8
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Montana Avenue. You'll get in some beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach), Malibu (Westward Beach, Surfrider Beach, & more) and Third Street Promenade (in Santa Monica). There's still lots to do: stroll through Playa Del Rey Beach, kick back and relax at Santa Monica Bay, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Santa Monica Farmers Market.

Make your Los Angeles itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Auckland, New Zealand to Los Angeles is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Auckland to Los Angeles, you'll gain 20 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Auckland in September, you will find days in Los Angeles are much hotter (34°C), and nights are a bit warmer (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Malibu, Two Rodeo Drive, Manhattan Beach
Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

8
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 SoHofor plenty of shopping. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Cupsogue Beach County Park and Joel L. Lefkowitz Park at West Meadow Beach. Step out of New York City with an excursion to DM Weil Gallery in New Paltz--about 1h 45 min away. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Times Square, explore and take pictures at The High Line, take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, and steep yourself in history at Ellis Island.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, you can read our New York City road trip app .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to New York City takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Los Angeles to New York City due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in October; daily highs in New York City reach 24°C and lows reach 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Joel L. Lefkowitz Park at West Meadow Beach, DM Weil Gallery, Cupsogue Beach County Park
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Times Square ©
Times Square
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial

10
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Head to Exploratorium and Union Squarefor plenty of shopping. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Sonoma (Sonoma Coast State Beach & Sonoma Barracks), Wine Tours & Tastings (in Napa) and Bodega Dunes (in Bodega). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Marshall’s Beach, wander the streets of SoMa, stroll through China Beach, and do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to San Francisco in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to San Francisco. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

St. Helena, Sonoma, Wine Tours & Tastings, Jordan Vineyard & Winery, Bodega Dunes
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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