16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Sydney
Fly:  13​h 15​min
Honolulu
— 3 nights
Honolulu
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  12​h 30​min
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
Chicago
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
New York City
— 4 nights
Fly:  25​h
Sydney

2
days
Honolulu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kailua Beach Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Honolulu travel planning app

Sydney, Australia to Honolulu is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 20 hours traveling from Sydney to Honolulu. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in September: highs in Honolulu hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Kailua Beach Park
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Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park
Scuba & Snorkeling
Battleship Missouri Memorial ©
Battleship Missouri Memorial

2
days
Honolulu

Honolulu ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): steep yourself in history at USS Arizona Memorial, then go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument, and then admire the majestic nature at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): trek along Manoa Falls and then enjoy the sand and surf at Waikiki Beach.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Honolulu trip planning website

You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Sun) before leaving for Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument

2
days
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): hike along Bright Angel Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue): trek along South Kaibab Trail, get great views at Lookout Studio, and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park day trip planner

Do a combination of flight and bus from Honolulu to Grand Canyon National Park in 12.5 hours. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Honolulu to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Honolulu in October, things will get cooler in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 22°C and lows about 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail

1
day
Los Angeles

Los Angeles
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles attractions planner

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles takes 7.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 32°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Thu) before leaving for Chicago.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Historic Sites Nightlife

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
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Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier
Walt Disney Concert Hall ©
Walt Disney Concert Hall

few
hours
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Chicago trip itinerary maker tool

Getting from Los Angeles to Chicago by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in October; daily highs in Chicago reach 20°C and lows reach 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow time for travel to New York City.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago

4
days
New York City

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.
Bring the kids along to Central Park and American Museum of Natural History. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, admire the landmark architecture of Rockefeller Center, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument, and examine the collection at 9/11 Memorial.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our New York City journey website

Do a combination of flight and bus from Chicago to New York City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to New York City due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in New York City when traveling from Chicago in October, with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Brooklyn Bridge
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Central Park ©
Central Park
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©

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