22 days in United States Itinerary

22 days in United States Itinerary

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22 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Drive:  20​h 30​min
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
Sonoma
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h 30​min
Portland
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
Seattle
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  8​h
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
New York City
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  26​h
End: Melbourne

2
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Panorama Trail. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yosemite Falls and Olmsted Point. There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, stroll through Cooks Meadow Loop, explore the striking landscape at Lembert Dome, and hike along Tuolumne Meadows.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, subway, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Melbourne to Yosemite National Park. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in September: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, explore and take pictures at Alcatraz Island, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, then steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers, and finally take a stroll through Union Square.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco route planning tool .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sonoma.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Shopping, #Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Union Square ©
Union Square

2
nights
Sonoma

Set in the heart of one of the United States' most esteemed wine-producing regions, just 45 minutes from San Francisco, Sonoma boasts colonial Mexican architecture, including a mission.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): stroll through Bodega Dunes, then explore the historical opulence of Castello di Amorosa, and then do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sonoma tour planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Sonoma in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in September, Sonoma is a bit cooler at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Portland.

Things to do in Sonoma

#Tours, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Castello di Amorosa, V. Sattui Winery, Bodega Dunes
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
V. Sattui Winery ©
V. Sattui Winery

2
nights
Portland

Portland ©
A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Escape the urban bustle at Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Wildwood Recreation Site. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Little Zigzag Falls and Powell's City of Books. Change things up with these side-trips from Portland: Multnomah Falls (in Bridal Veil), Tamanawas Falls Trail (in Hood River) and Ramona Falls Trail (in Rhododendron). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Portland trip site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Sonoma to Portland in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Sonoma in September: highs in Portland hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Portland

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Wildwood Recreation Site, Little Zigzag Falls, Tamanawas Falls Trail, Multnomah Falls
Highlights from your plan
Multnomah Falls ©
Multnomah Falls
Little Zigzag Falls ©
Little Zigzag Falls

2
nights
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): examine the collection at Museum of Pop Culture, then enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, then take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Pike Place Market. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, then kick back and relax at Seahurst Beach Park, and then stop by Elliott Bay Book Company.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Seattle trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Portland to Seattle takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Seattle sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Seattle

#Museums, #Shopping, #Beaches

Side Trip

Seahurst Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

3
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Visit Gettysburg National Military Park and Gettysburg National Cemetery for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Gettysburg Museum & Visitor Center and Skyline Drive. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Arlington National Cemetery, take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Washington DC planner .

Do a combination of flight and train from Seattle to Washington DC in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Seattle to Washington DC. Traveling from Seattle in September, expect Washington DC to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Parks

Side Trips

Gettysburg, Arlington, Skyline Drive
Highlights from your plan
Gettysburg Museum & Visitor Center ©
Gettysburg Museum & Visitor Center
Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Gettysburg National Military Park
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like 9/11 Memorial and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Frick Collection. And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History, examine the collection at New York Public Library, admire the masterpieces at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our New York City travel route site .

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to New York City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In September in New York City, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

#Museums, #Parks, #Neighborhoods
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

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