21 days in Denver, Los Angeles & New York City Itinerary

21 days in Denver, Los Angeles & New York City Itinerary

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Denver
— 7 nights
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
3
New York City
— 5 nights

7
nights
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center. Museum-lovers will appreciate Benson Park Sculpture Garden and Hotel de Paris Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Denver: The Beach at Grand Lake (in Grand Lake), Estes Park (Bear Necessities & Cubs, Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, &more) and Mother Cabrini Shrine (in Golden). Next up on the itinerary: hit the slopes at Winter Park Resort, steep yourself in history at Dinosaur Ridge, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Summit Lake Park, and pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity United Methodist Church.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Denver day trip planner.

Wellington, New Zealand to Denver is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -19 hour difference. Traveling from Wellington in December, expect Denver to be much colder, temps between 7°C and -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Estes Park, Georgetown, The Beach at Grand Lake, Dinosaur Ridge, Cherry Creek State Park
Highlights from your plan
Winter Park Resort ©
Winter Park Resort
Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center ©
Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at 1,000 Steps Beach and Vindemia Estate Winery. Wiens Family Cellars - Winery and U.S. Navy Seabee Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Ojai (Ojai Olive Oil & Meditation Mount), San Clemente State Beach (in San Clemente) and Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mission San Buenaventura, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mandalay State Beach, and walk around Greystone Mansion and Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles day trip tool.

You can fly from Denver to Los Angeles in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December, Los Angeles is much hotter than Denver - with highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Temecula, Ojai, Port Hueneme, March Field Air Museum, Greystone Mansion and Park
Highlights from your plan
1,000 Steps Beach ©
1,000 Steps Beach
Vindemia Estate Winery ©
Vindemia Estate Winery
Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological ©
Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological

5
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.
Get in touch with nature at Lakota Wolf Preserve and Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. Let the collections at Boscobel House and Gardens and Allaire State Park capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Historic Huguenot Street (in New Paltz), Chuang Yen Monastery (in Carmel) and Blue Ridge Estate Winery (in Saylorsburg). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Yale Center for British Art, stroll through Ponquogue Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Sleeping Giant State Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Catharine Catholic Church.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the New York City trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Los Angeles to New York City in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Los Angeles to New York City. Traveling from Los Angeles in January, expect New York City to be cooler, temps between 5°C and -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Allaire State Park, Sleeping Giant State Park, Ocean Grove Beach, Blue Ridge Estate Winery, Boscobel House and Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Boscobel House and Gardens ©
Boscobel House and Gardens
Ocean Grove Beach ©
Ocean Grove Beach
Lakota Wolf Preserve ©
Lakota Wolf Preserve

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