9 days in New York City & California Itinerary

9 days in New York City & California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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New York City
— 3 nights
Fly
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly
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Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive
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San Diego
— 2 nights

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New York City

— 3 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Popular historic sites such as St. Patrick's Cathedral and St. Paul's Chapel are in your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours and Greenwich Village. The adventure continues: examine the collection at New York Public Library, take a stroll through SoHo, visit Dumbo, and kick back and relax at Brighton Beach.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City trip planner.

San Diego to New York City is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Diego to New York City is 3 hours. Traveling from San Diego in February, expect New York City to be colder, temps between 46°F and 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in New York City

Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. On your second day here, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island and then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from New York City to San Francisco takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. Traveling from New York City to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in February, with highs in San Francisco at 62°F and lows at 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours · Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries · Nature

Los Angeles

— 1 night

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): engage your brain at California Science Center, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, then explore the stunning scenery at Runyon Canyon Park, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in February: highs in Los Angeles hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Childrens Museums · Fun & Games · Museums · Nature

San Diego

— 2 nights

America's Finest City

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 1st (Mon): take a leisurely stroll along Oceanside Pier, enjoy the sand and surf at South Carlsbad State Beach, and then kick back and relax at Moonlight State Beach. On the next day, explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and then explore the striking landscape at Point Loma.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the San Diego trip planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in February, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.