Itinerary – At the Movies
New York, Las Vegas and California

Musical Journeys New York City | Las Vegas | Palm Springs | Los Angeles


About this itinerary

Driving distance: 440 Miles
Recommended travelling time: 11 Nights
Recommended travel season: Year-round
Explore three iconic US states that have become so familiar in movies throughout the years. See the sights that have been brought to life on the big screen for yourself in New York City, New York, before flying to Las Vegas, Nevada, and finally California.


New York City, New York

 

New York City is home to a wide array of familiar movie moments. Explore Central Park, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, better known as The Met, and Fifth Avenue. The next stop, at 52nd Street and Lexington Avenue, is the site of the iconic photo of Marilyn Monroe posing over the subway grates. Other must-sees are Grand Central Station, the New York Public Library, Times Square, and of course the Empire State Building, made familiar from blockbusters such as "King Kong," "Ghostbusters" and "Maid in Manhattan."

 

New York City, New York

Spanning the East River between the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the USA. Walk across the bridge to Brooklyn, which features as a backdrop in films such as "Saturday Night Fever." Board the Staten Island Ferry for the free crossing, which offers breath-taking views of the Statue of Liberty, as featured in "Titanic" or "Planet of the Apes." Who can come to New York and not shop? Macy's, one of the world's largest department stores, was the setting for the nostalgic "Miracle on 34th Street".


New York City, New York to Las Vegas, Nevada

Take an early flight from New York City to the entertainment mecca of Las Vegas. The city is home to many iconic movie locations that you will recognise from blockbusters such as "The Hangover", "Diamonds Are Forever" and "Viva Las Vegas". Along the Strip you will find familiar sights such as the Little Church of the West, Caesars Palace and the world-famous Fountains of Bellagio, as seen in "Ocean's Eleven."
Length of flight: 2,240 miles | Flight time: 4 hr. 45 min.

 

Las Vegas, Nevada to Palm Springs, California

Depart Las Vegas and travel through the Mojave Desert into California and to Palm Springs, the original "Hollywood Playground." Just before entering Palm Springs, you will pass the San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm, which was the location of the epic helicopter chase in "Mission Impossible." Many stars built homes in Palm Springs, and a tour of these homes is a must, even if you can only view them from the street.
Length of leg: 230 miles | Total distance travelled: 230 miles


Palm Springs, California to Los Angeles, California

Take Interstate 10 from Palm Springs to Los Angeles, the hub for movie-making. If you want to experience old Hollywood, check into a hotel in the Hollywood, Sunset Strip or Beverly Hills neighbourhoods. Start your movie tour on Hollywood Boulevard and explore the Walk of Fame. A must-stop on Hollywood Boulevard is the TCL Chinese Theatre, the setting for the opening scene of "Singing in the Rain", and the home of many movie premieres.
Length of leg: 110 miles | Total distance travelled: 440 miles

 

Los Angeles, California

There is an abundance of sights for any film fanatic to be found in Los Angeles. The Griffith Observatory and Hollywood sign, one of the most-recognized sites in the world, are a must for anyone visiting. Tours can be taken at Universal Studios Hollywood and Paramount Pictures Studio. Adjacent to the studio is the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where the likes of Judy Garland are buried. Head back along Sunset Boulevard to the famous Sunset Strip, home to celebrity hangouts, to finish off an epic trip.

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