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

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

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New York City
— 2 nights
Washington DC
— 2 nights
San Francisco
— 2 nights


New York City — 2 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.
On the 5th (Wed), see the interesting displays at 9/11 Memorial and then take in the pleasant sights at Central Park. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy breathtaking views from Top of the Rock, admire the landmark architecture of Rockefeller Center, then wander the streets of Times Square, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our New York City online trip builder.

Bengaluru, India to New York City is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 10.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in New York City are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to fly to Washington DC.
Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Washington DC — 2 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.
On the 7th (Fri), get a sense of history and politics at The Pentagon, then appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, and finally get a sense of history and politics at White House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, then get a sense of history and politics at United States Capitol, then see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Washington Monument.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Washington DC trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from New York City to Washington DC takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to fly to San Francisco.
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San Francisco — 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 9th (Sun), step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner.

You can fly from Washington DC to San Francisco in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Washington DC in August, with highs in San Francisco at 26°C and lows at 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Mon) before leaving for home.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods
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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.