21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

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21 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + bus:  27​h
New York City
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  5​h
Niagara Falls
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
Chicago
— 2 nights
subway + Fly:  3​h
Springfield
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Saint Louis
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
Honolulu
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

3
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ponquogue Beach and Bushkill Falls. There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and examine the collection at New York Public Library.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our New York City day trip planning website .

Melbourne, Australia to New York City is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 15 hours traveling from Melbourne to New York City. When traveling from Melbourne in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in New York City: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in New York City

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Bushkill Falls, Ponquogue Beach
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Bushkill Falls ©
Bushkill Falls
Food Tours

2
nights
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
On the 18th (Tue), explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of the Winds, take in the spiritual surroundings of National Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Fatima, and then admire the sheer force of Niagara Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): get in on the family fun at Martin's Fantasy Island and then stop by Vidler's 5 & 10.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Niagara Falls trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to Niagara Falls in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. In September, Niagara Falls is little chillier than New York City - with highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

#Nature, #Parks, #Theme Parks

Side Trips

Martin's Fantasy Island, Vidler's 5 & 10, National Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Fatima
Highlights from your plan
Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds
Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls
Vidler's 5 & 10 ©
Vidler's 5 & 10

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 20th (Thu), admire the striking features of Chicago Cultural Center, then explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, and then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Chicago trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Niagara Falls to Chicago in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Niagara Falls to Chicago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Niagara Falls in September, expect Chicago to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Chicago

#Museums, #Tours
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Beer Tastings & Tours
Chicago Cultural Center ©
Chicago Cultural Center

2
nights
Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Explore hidden gems such as Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and Dana-Thomas House. Get out of town with these interesting Springfield side-trips: Bloomington (Constitution Trail & BEER NUTS). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Lincoln Home National Historic Site, look for all kinds of wild species at Lincoln Memorial Garden, see the interesting displays at Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Washington Park Botanical Gardens.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Springfield itinerary planning site .

Traveling by combination of subway and flight from Chicago to Springfield takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Springfield, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Springfield

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trip

Bloomington
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln Home National Historic Site ©
Dana-Thomas House ©
Dana-Thomas House

2
nights
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
On the 24th (Mon), enjoy breathtaking views from The Gateway Arch, then steep yourself in history at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, then admire the natural beauty at Missouri Botanical Garden, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Missouri Civil War Museum, examine the collection at Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, and then make a trip to Citygarden.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Saint Louis day trip planner.

You can drive from Springfield to Saint Louis in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Saint Louis sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Saint Louis

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trip

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
Missouri Botanical Garden ©
Missouri Botanical Garden
The Gateway Arch ©
The Gateway Arch

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): stroll through San Diego Zoo and then pause for some photo ops at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): meet the residents at San Diego Zoo Safari Park and then admire all the interesting features of Petco Park.

Take the guesswork out of planning a San Diego vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Saint Louis to San Diego by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Saint Louis to San Diego is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Saint Louis in September, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in San Diego

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo Safari Park ©
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Petco Park ©
Petco Park

4
nights
Honolulu

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kailua Beach Park and Swim with Dolphins. Explore Honolulu's surroundings by going to Haleiwa (Pakaloha Bikinis - Oahu & Shark Diving) and Byodo-In Temple (in Kaneohe). There's much more to do: trek along Koko Crater Trail, explore the different monuments and memorials at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and appreciate the history behind USS Arizona Memorial.

To see where to stay and tourist information, read Honolulu online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Honolulu takes 7.5 hours. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from San Diego to Honolulu due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from San Diego in September, with highs in Honolulu at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kailua Beach Park, Byodo-In Temple, Nuuanu Pali Lookout, Swim with Dolphins
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park
Swim with Dolphins

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