17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Sydney
Fly:  16​h 30​min
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Carmel
— Few hours
taxi + Fly:  3​h
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h
New York City
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h 30​min
Asheville
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 45​min
New Orleans
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
Sydney

3
days
San Francisco

San Francisco
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Alcatraz Island and The Embarcadero. Fisherman's Wharf and Union Square are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, wander the streets of The Castro, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and don't miss a visit to Nob Hill.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco visit planner.

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 18 hours. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect San Francisco to be colder, temps between 17°C and 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
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Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

few
hours
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply referred to as Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel route planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Trails Wildlife
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Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve

2
days
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
On the 21st (Fri), admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mission Beach Park. On the next day, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego tour planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Carmel to San Diego in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Carmel in December, with highs in San Diego at 22°C and lows at 13°C. You will leave for New York City on the 23rd (Sun).

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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.
Get some historical perspective at 9/11 Memorial and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Times Square, don't miss a visit to Central Park, snap pictures at Brooklyn Bridge, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Chapel.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the New York City road trip planning tool .

Do a combination of flight and bus from San Diego to New York City in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 3 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Diego in December: high temperatures in New York City hover around 11°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Asheville.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Brooklyn Bridge
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
American Museum of Natural History ©
American Museum of Natural History

few
hours
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Asheville trip maker tool .

Getting from New York City to Asheville by combination of bus and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from New York City in December, expect slightly colder with lows of -1°C in Asheville. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Asheville

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Biltmore Estate ©
Biltmore Estate

2
days
New Orleans

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): wander the streets of Royal Street. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Garden District, stop by Faulkner House Books, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Louis Cathedral, and finally wander the streets of French Quarter.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our New Orleans day trip app .

Traveling by flight from Asheville to New Orleans takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Asheville in December: highs in New Orleans hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
French Quarter ©
French Quarter
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
Garden District ©
Garden District

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