8 days in California & New York City Itinerary

8 days in California & New York City Itinerary

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8 days in California & New York City Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
3
New York City
— 2 nights
End: Philadelphia

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.
Kids will enjoy Disneyland Park and Santa Monica Pier. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Disney California Adventure Park, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory and put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles day trip planning tool .

Philadelphia to Los Angeles is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Philadelphia in December, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Fun & Games Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 26th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island, and then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and then browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Francisco online travel route planner .

You can fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, you will find days in San Francisco are slightly colder (59°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Childrens Museums Museums
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Central Park and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, take a stroll through Times Square, take in the views from Brooklyn Bridge, and admire the striking features of Rockefeller Center.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City trip planner.

Getting from San Francisco to New York City by combination of flight and bus takes about 9 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from San Francisco in December: high temperatures in New York City hover around 48°F and lows are around 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to catch the train back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©

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