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Empire State to City of Angels: New York to Los Angeles Adventure (Flexible Itinerary)

This itinerary caters to both train travelers and road trippers, guiding you from the bustling streets of New York City to the sunshine and beaches of Los Angeles!

Day 1: Big Apple Bon Voyage (New York City)

    • Fuel up for your journey with a classic New York bagel and schmear or a hearty breakfast sandwich. Depending on your departure time, you might have some free time for a final exploration. Visit iconic landmarks like the Empire State Building or Central Park for a farewell to the city.

Travel Options:

  • Train:

    • Book your Amtrak tickets (Auto Train or Southwest Chief route) in advance, especially during peak season. The journey takes approximately 46 hours, so settle in with books, movies, or board games for an extended adventure on rails.
    • Consider the Amtrak Auto Train service if you’re traveling with a car. This allows you to relax on the train while your car is safely transported alongside.
  • Car:

    • Factor in approximately 39 hours of driving time (depending on traffic and chosen route) for the road trip. Consider potential toll costs and plan your route in advance using online mapping tools.

Day 2: Hitting the Road or Riding the Rails (Optional – Pennsylvania)

  • Train: Enjoy scenic views as your Amtrak train travels through Pennsylvania. Relax, read a book, or socialize with fellow passengers.

  • Car:Kick off your road trip adventure! Explore the rolling hills and charming towns of Pennsylvania. Consider a stop at Gettysburg National Military Park, a historic site of the American Civil War battle.

Day 3: Rust Belt Charm & Natural Wonders (Optional – Ohio, Indiana, Illinois)

  • Train: Your train journey continues through the industrial heartland of the United States. Observe the changing landscapes.

  • Car:Explore the “Rust Belt” states of Ohio and Indiana. Visit museums dedicated to automotive history or stop at a local diner for a classic American meal. In Illinois, take a detour to see stunning natural beauty at Starved Rock State Park, offering hiking trails and scenic overlooks.

Day 4: A Glimpse of the Great Lakes & St. Louis (Optional – Missouri)

  • Train: As your train travels through Illinois and Missouri, catch glimpses of the majestic Great Lakes.

  • Car:Enjoy scenic drives along the shores of Lake Michigan or Lake Erie. Consider a stop at a charming lakeside town for a picnic lunch. Continue your journey westward, stopping in St. Louis, Missouri, to explore the iconic Gateway Arch National Park.

Day 5: Route 66 Nostalgia & Grand Canyon Majesty (Optional – Arizona)

  • Train: Enjoy onboard amenities and relax as your train travels through vast stretches of land.

  • Car: Embark on a nostalgic road trip along a section of the historic Route 66 in Arizona. Stop at quirky roadside attractions and soak in the desert landscapes.

  • Both:Dedicate this day to exploring the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon National Park. Take in breathtaking views from the South Rim, hike down into the canyon (with proper preparation), or take a helicopter tour for a bird’s-eye view.

Day 6: Desert Oasis & Neon Lights (Optional – Nevada, California)

  • Train: Relax and enjoy the scenery as your train journey continues towards California.

  • Car: Drive through the Mojave Desert in Nevada. Stop at a casino resort in Las Vegas for some gambling excitement or simply marvel at the neon lights and over-the-top architecture.

  • Both: As you approach California, the scenery starts to change. Enjoy the transition from desert landscapes to rolling hills and vineyards.

Day 7: Arrival in the City of Angels (Los Angeles)

  • Both: Welcome to Los Angeles! Upon arrival, check into your hotel and leave your luggage.

  • Immerse yourself in the laid-back Californian lifestyle. Explore the iconic Hollywood Walk of Fame, stroll along the Santa Monica Pier, or soak up the sun on a beach in Venice Beach.

Day 8: Tinseltown Treasures & Beyond (Los Angeles)

  • Dedicate this day to exploring the world of cinema. Take a studio tour at Universal

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