21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

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21 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Malibu
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Anaheim
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Palm Springs
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
6
Newport Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 15​min
8
New York City
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Abu Dhabi

4
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.
Visit La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Hollywood Walk of Fame for their historical value. Let the collections at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory capture your imagination. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, and buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles day trip planning website .

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Los Angeles is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. You'll gain 12 hours traveling from Abu Dhabi to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Abu Dhabi in September: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 34°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Parks
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La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

2
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): shop like a local with Third Street Promenade, admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and finally hunt for treasures at Santa Monica Farmers Market. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Annenberg Community Beach House, then wander the streets of Rodeo Drive, and then admire the masterpieces at Santa Monica Museum of Art.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica trip itinerary maker .

Santa Monica is just a short distance from Los Angeles. When traveling from Los Angeles in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Santa Monica: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Malibu.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Rodeo Drive
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Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

3
nights
Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Carbon Beach, examine the collection at The Getty Villa, then examine the collection at Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon Museum, and finally see a world frozen in time at Paramount Ranch. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Malibu Pier, stroll through Zuma Beach, and then kick back and relax at El Matador State Beach.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Malibu online trip itinerary builder .

Malibu is just a short distance from Santa Monica. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Paramount Ranch
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Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
The Getty Villa ©
The Getty Villa

2
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
On the 6th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Founder's Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Seal Beach, then browse the different shops at The Outlets at Orange, and finally take in the exciting artwork at The Disney Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, then browse the different shops at Ontario Mills, and then stop by Tom's Farms.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Anaheim tour itinerary builder website .

Drive from Malibu to Anaheim in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, tram, and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Malibu in October, expect nights in Anaheim to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Anaheim

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trips

Ontario Mills, Tom's Farms, The Outlets at Orange, Seal Beach, Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
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Ontario Mills ©
Ontario Mills
The Disney Gallery ©
The Disney Gallery

1
day
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. On the 8th (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Palm Springs Art Museum, then get a taste of the local shopping with VillageFest, then take in breathtaking views at Indian Canyons, and finally don't miss a visit to Palm Canyon Drive.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Palm Springs trip maker website .

You can drive from Anaheim to Palm Springs in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Anaheim in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Palm Springs: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Newport Beach.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum
VillageFest ©
VillageFest

2
nights
Newport Beach

City beaches line the coast from the Balboa Peninsula to the Santa Ana River in Newport Beach.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Balboa Island, identify plant and animal life at Sherman Library & Gardens, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Newport Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Marina Park, then kick back and relax at The Wedge, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Newport Beach trip planner .

Traveling by car from Palm Springs to Newport Beach takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. While traveling from Palm Springs, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Newport Beach, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Newport Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Newport Beach ©
Newport Beach
The Wedge ©
The Wedge

2
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then walk around La Jolla Cove. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, admire the striking features of Marston House Museum, then view the masterpieces at Spanish Village Art Center, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego itinerary site .

Drive from Newport Beach to San Diego in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in San Diego sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter

3
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.
Fifth Avenue and The Metropolitan Museum of Art are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll get in some beach time at Point Lookout Beach and Lido Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around New York City: Great Neck Steppingstone Park (in Great Neck) and Cupsogue Beach County Park (in Westhampton Beach). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Times Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, get interesting insight from Tours, and appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our New York City vacation planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from San Diego to New York City in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. Traveling from San Diego in October, things will get little chillier in New York City: highs are around 24°C and lows about 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Point Lookout Beach, Great Neck Steppingstone Park, Lido Beach, Cupsogue Beach County Park
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Times Square ©
Times Square

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