36 days in United States Itinerary

36 days in United States Itinerary

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36 days in United States Itinerary

Sydney
Fly:  16​h 30​min
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
+3
taxi + bus + Fly + bus:  13​h
Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 30​min
New York City
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  13​h 30​min
Honolulu, Oahu
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
Wailea, Maui
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  12​h 45​min
Sydney

4
days
San Francisco

San Francisco
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visiting Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fisherman's Wharf and The Castro. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square, take a stroll through Chinatown, and have fun and explore at Exploratorium.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip 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 changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -18 hour difference. In December, San Francisco is cooler than Sydney - with highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C. On the 8th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

3
days
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 in touch with nature at Glacier Point and Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. And it doesn't end there: cruise along Tioga Pass, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, tour the pleasant surroundings at May Lake Trailhead, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Francisco in December: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 7°C, while lows dip to -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

5
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.
Get in touch with nature at Rim Trail and Lipan Point. On the 15th (Sat), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Pima Point, see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio, and don't miss a visit to Grand Canyon Village.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park tour site .

You can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to -11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

3
days
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Strip and The Neon Museum. Get in touch with nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Valley of Fire State Park. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains, and take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Las Vegas road trip website .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Valley of Fire State Park
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Valley of Fire State Park
Valley of Fire State Park

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Statue of Liberty National Monument. There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Modern Art, appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial, and wander the streets of Times Square.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for New York City using our trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Las Vegas to New York City takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. When traveling from Las Vegas in December, plan for a bit cooler days in New York City, with highs around 11°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
American Museum of Natural History ©
American Museum of Natural History
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial

4
days
Honolulu, Oahu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
We've included these beaches for you: Kailua Beach Park and Waikiki Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Sunset Beach Park and Waimea Bay. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Honolulu: Banzai Pipeline (in Pupukea) and Lanikai Beach (in Kailua). It doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve and explore the different monuments and memorials at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Honolulu day trip planning website .

Do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to Honolulu in 13.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Honolulu is minus 5 hours. Traveling from New York City in December, expect Honolulu to be warmer, temps between 32°C and 24°C. On the 30th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Honolulu

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kailua, Banzai Pipeline
Highlights from your plan
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Sunset Beach Park ©
Sunset Beach Park

4
days
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

Kailua-Kona ©
Thanks to its favorable location near a mountain range blocking the northeasterly trade winds, Kailua-Kona gets little rainfall, allowing adventure seekers and nature lovers a chance to enjoy over 300 days of sunshine each year.
Get a sense of the local culture at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and Puukohola National Historic Park. Get outdoors at Kilauea Iki Trailhead and Kahaluu Beach. Explore Kailua-Kona's surroundings by going to Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako) and Devastation Trail (in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Mauna Kea Beach, fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, relax in the rural setting at Hula Daddy Kona Coffee, and admire the verdant scenery at Pololu Valley Lookout.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kailua-Kona attractions planning tool .

Fly from Honolulu to Kailua-Kona in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. In December, daytime highs in Kailua-Kona are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Wailea.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kahaluu Beach, Hula Daddy Kona Coffee, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Mauna Kea Beach ©
Mauna Kea Beach
Swim with Dolphins

4
days
Wailea, Maui

Wailea ©
Wailea is a census-designated place (CDP) in Maui County, Hawaii, United States. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Wailea Beach and Ka'anapali Beach. Get outdoors at Haleakala Crater and Kapalua Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Ho'okipa Beach Park (in Paia) and Lahaina (Lahaina Banyan Court & Napili Beach). It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Ulua Beach and stroll through Kamaole Beach Park III.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Wailea trip planning tool .

Getting from Kailua-Kona to Wailea by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 20°C in Wailea. On the 8th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Wailea

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Lahaina, Ho'okipa Beach Park, Kamaole Beach Park III, Haleakala Crater, Kapalua Beach
Highlights from your plan
Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach

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