New York City to Los Angeles

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The information you provided outlines a trip from Chicago to San Francisco, not New York City to Los Angeles. While both journeys offer stunning landscapes and iconic cities, they follow different routes.

Here’s how to adjust the itinerary to focus on a New York City to Los Angeles trip, still incorporating some of the highlights from Chicago and San Francisco:

Revised Itinerary: New York City to Los Angeles

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

    • Start your adventure with a classic New York bagel and schmear or a hearty breakfast sandwich. Depending on your departure time, explore iconic landmarks like the Empire State Building or Central Park.

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.

  • 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 detour to Gettysburg National Military Park, a historic site of the American Civil War battle.

Day 3: Route 66 Nostalgia & Natural Wonders (Optional – Ohio, Indiana, Illinois)

  • Both: While Chicago isn’t directly on the route, consider a detour to experience its architectural wonders like Willis Tower and Millennium Park (Day 3 Chicago itinerary from the previous suggestion can be referenced here).

  • Both (Train/Car): Continue westward, with the option to include detours to natural wonders like Starved Rock State Park in Illinois (Day 3 Chicago itinerary).

Day 4 & 5: Gateway to the West & Route 66 Nostalgia (Optional – Missouri, Kansas, Arizona)

  • Both: Explore St. Louis, Missouri, and the iconic Gateway Arch National Park (Day 4 Chicago itinerary).

  • Both: 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.

Day 6: Grand Canyon Majesty (Arizona)

  • 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 7: Desert Oasis & Neon Lights (Optional – Nevada, California)

  • Both: 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 8: 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 9 & 10: Tinseltown Treasures & Beyond (Los Angeles)

  • Dedicate these days to exploring the world of cinema with a studio tour at Universal Studios Hollywood or exploring other entertainment hotspots.

Optional Extension: Scenic Beauty of San Francisco (California)

  • Consider adding 2-3 days to explore San Francisco after Los Angeles. You can fly or take a scenic train journey along the coast. In San Francisco, experience the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Fisherman’s Wharf, and other iconic landmarks (refer to Day 2-5 San Francisco itinerary from the previous suggestion).


  • This is a flexible itinerary, adjust travel options (train/car) and detours based on your interests and time constraints.
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