15 days in New York City, Washington DC & California Itinerary

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New York City
— 3 nights
Washington DC
— 4 nights
San Francisco
— 3 nights
— 2 nights
Shuttle to San Francisco International Airport, Fly to Bengaluru


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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Aladdin - The Musical. Family-friendly places like Central Park and Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours will thrill your kids. Step off the beaten path and head to Speed Boats Tours and Photography Tours. The adventure continues: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral, examine the collection at New York Public Library, and admire the landmark architecture of The Oculus.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the New York City travel itinerary planner.

Bengaluru, India to New York City is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You'll gain 10.5 hours traveling from Bengaluru to New York City due to the time zone difference. In July in New York City, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can fly to Washington DC.
Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Nightlife
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Washington DC — 4 nights

The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Gettysburg National Military Park and Annapolis Historic District. Kids will appreciate attractions like Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and Gettysburg National Cemetery. Step out of Washington DC to go to Gettysburg and see Gettysburg Museum of History, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of National Mall, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, explore the different monuments and memorials at Arlington National Cemetery, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Washington DC trip planner.

You can fly from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. In July in Washington DC, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to fly to San Francisco.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
Side Trips
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San Francisco — 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Exploratorium and Japanese Tea Garden. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, walk around Crissy Field, take a memorable tour with Tours, and examine the collection at Musee Mecanique.

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You can fly from Washington DC to San Francisco in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of subway and train. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in July; daily highs in San Francisco reach 26°C and lows reach 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.
Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums
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Monterey — 2 nights

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then pause for some photo ops at The Cannery Row Monument, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): don't miss a visit to San Carlos Cathedral, stroll through Carmel River State Beach, then grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, and finally stroll around Dennis the Menace Park.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Monterey attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Monterey takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Side Trip
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California travel guide

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.