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16 days in United States Itinerary
Los Angeles— 1 night
Santa Monica— 1 night
Drive: 1h 45min
Santa Barbara— 2 nights
Fly: 4h 15min
San Francisco— 2 nights
Fly: 3h 30min
Las Vegas— 2 nights
Fly + bus: 8h 30min
New York City— 3 nights
Fly + bus: 4h 45min
Niagara Falls— 2 nights
train + bus + Fly: 30h
City of Angels
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and then see the interesting displays at Getty Center The Publications. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, then look for gifts at Hollywood & Highland, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.
To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles tour planner.
Sydney, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to Los Angeles. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Sydney in May since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Santa Monica.
Things to do in Los Angeles
Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica Beach, and then look for gifts at Bergamot Station.
To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Santa Monica itinerary maker.
Santa Monica is just a stone's throw from Los Angeles. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.
Things to do in Santa Monica
The American Riviera
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.On the 20th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Santa Barbara Museum Of Art, cruise along State Street, then steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, and finally learn about winemaking at Grassini Family Vineyards.
To see photos and more tourist information, use the Santa Barbara travel itinerary planner.
Traveling by car from Santa Monica to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Monica in May, Santa Barbara is little chillier at night with lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to San Francisco.
Things to do in Santa Barbara
City by the Bay
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers & Publishers. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium and then kick back and relax at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve.
For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco itinerary maker.
You can fly from Santa Barbara to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Las Vegas.
Things to do in San Francisco
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.On the 23rd (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of The Strip. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum and then take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.
To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Las Vegas vacation planner.
You can fly from San Francisco to Las Vegas in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, Las Vegas is a bit warmer than San Francisco - with highs of 36°C and lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to New York City.
Things to do in Las Vegas
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 some cultural insight at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Gateway National Recreation. Visiting Long Beach and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Fifth Avenue, make a trip to Times Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Paul's Chapel, and pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial.
For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our New York City travel planner.
You can do a combination of flight and bus from Las Vegas to New York City in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle and train. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Las Vegas in May: high temperatures in New York City hover around 24°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Niagara Falls.
Things to do in New York City
Long Beach, Gateway National Recreation
Honeymoon Capital of the World
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): try to win big at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino and then explore the activities along Niagara Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): look for gifts at Smokin Joes Native Center, then browse the exhibits of Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park, and then admire the landmark architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House Complex.
To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Niagara Falls holiday planner.
Traveling by combination of flight and bus from New York City to Niagara Falls takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City in May, plan for little chillier nights in Niagara Falls, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Things to do in Niagara Falls
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