Babs, sounds like a fantastic trip you've got planned. The redwoods in Calif. are amazing! You'll enjoy California. Will you be driving down to San Diego? Beautiful city to visit. New York city is a great place to visit. To see the city, I suggest you take the Grey Lines Holiday Lights All Loops Tour, it's a hop on, hop off, double decker bus with a tour guide. You can get off at any stop and sightsee. Get back on for the night tour. It is spectacular with all the lights, and when you are there, the Xmas lights will still be up, I'm sure. I was there for 2 days last year and in order to see all the sights it was the best way to go. You can also probably do a Circle Line ZEPHYR Harbor cruise. You get to see the Statue of Liberty up close. Well, Hope this helps with your planning!