26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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26 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
bus:  10​h 15​min
3
Boulder
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  8​h
4
New York City
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
8
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Sydney

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and City Lights Booksellersfor plenty of shopping. Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. There's still lots to do: hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, stop by Molinari Delicatessen, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary planning website .

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 17°C and lows are around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Shopping, #Historic Sites, #Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

4
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.
Visiting Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area and Panorama Trail will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, trek along May Lake Trailhead, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, and explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park travel planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in December, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit cooler (7°C), and nights are colder (-11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Boulder.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

1
night
Boulder

Boulder
Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Boulder day trip planning app .

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Boulder takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of -6°C in Boulder. On the 25th (Tue), you're off toNew York City.

Things to do in Boulder

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

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.
For shopping fun, head to Fifth Avenue or Tiffany & Co.. Get some historical perspective at 9/11 Memorial and St. Patrick's Cathedral. There's lots more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History, don't miss a visit to Statue of Liberty National Monument, and admire the striking features of Empire State Building.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our New York City online vacation builder .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Boulder to New York City in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Boulder to New York City is 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in New York City when traveling from Boulder in December, with lows around 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

#Museums, #Parks, #Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral

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.
On the 30th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Tidal Basin, then see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art. Keep things going the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at National Zoological Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Washington National Cathedral, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Tomb of the Unknowns.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Washington DC vacation builder .

Traveling by flight from New York City to Washington DC takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Washington DC

#Museums, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tomb of the Unknowns
Highlights from your plan
Tomb of the Unknowns ©
Tomb of the Unknowns
Tidal Basin ©
Tidal Basin
National Zoological Park ©
National Zoological Park

2
nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
On the 1st (Tue), shop like a local with The Strip. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then look for gifts at Barneys New York, then buy something for everyone on your list at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, and finally admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas travel route site .

Fly from Washington DC to Las Vegas in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Washington DC in January: high temperatures in Las Vegas hover around 17°C and lows are around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

#Shopping, #Historic Sites, #Nature
Highlights from your plan
Bellagio Fountains ©
Bellagio Fountains
The Strip ©
The Strip

5
nights
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.
Head to Canyon Village Marketplace and Lookout Studiofor plenty of shopping. Step out of the city life by going to Grand Canyon South Rim and Bright Angel Trail. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Rim Trail, get great views at Yaki Point, take in a show at Hopi House, and stroll through North Kaibab Trail.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park day trip website .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in January, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are slightly colder (7°C), and nights are colder (-11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

2
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
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.
On the 8th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at Santa Monica Farmers Market, look for gifts at Hollywood & Highland, look for gifts at Amoeba Music, then look for gifts at American Girl Place, then browse the different shops at The Grove, and finally look for gifts at Bergamot Station.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica trip planner .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Santa Monica takes 8 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Santa Monica is minus 1 hour. In January, Santa Monica is much warmer than Grand Canyon National Park - with highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C. On the 10th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

#Shopping, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trip

Los Angeles
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica Farmers Market ©
Santa Monica Farmers Market
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Grove ©
The Grove

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