8 days in California & New York City Itinerary

8 days in California & New York City Itinerary

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Route & dates

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
Train:  1 h 45 min
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 Disney California Adventure Park. And it doesn't end there: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, and partake in some friendly competition at Fantastic Race.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles attractions planner.

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 when traveling from Philadelphia to Los Angeles is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Philadelphia in December, plan for much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
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Fantastic Race ©
Fantastic Race
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, then examine the collection at Exploratorium, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

Find out how to plan San Francisco trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit cooler (59°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks 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.
Family-friendly places like Central Park and The Metropolitan Museum of Art will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, snap pictures at Brooklyn Bridge, examine the collection at 9/11 Memorial, and make a trip to Statue of Liberty National Monument.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the New York City trip app.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to New York City takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Francisco to New York City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in December, things will get a bit cooler in New York City: highs are around 48°F and lows about 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a 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 ©
Statue of Liberty National Monument

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