56 days in United States Itinerary

56 days in United States Itinerary

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56 days in United States Itinerary

Sydney
Fly:  16​h 30​min
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
New York City
— 7 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 45​min
Orlando
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
New Orleans
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
Las Vegas
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
Grand Canyon National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
Honolulu, Oahu
— 6 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
Sydney

5
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Attractions like Exploratorium and Fort Funston National Park make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of San Francisco to go to Napa and see Wine Tours & Tastings, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and stroll through Lincoln Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco visit site .

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 when traveling from Sydney to San Francisco is minus 18 hours. When traveling from Sydney in February, plan for a bit cooler days in San Francisco, with highs around 19°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

2
days
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 6th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Glasshouse-Studio, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Seattle Aquarium, and then look for gifts at The Elliott Bay Book Company. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, then take a stroll through Pike Place Market, then take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Seattle online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from San Francisco to Seattle by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in February, expect Seattle to be little chillier, temps between 11°C and 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Space Needle ©
Space Needle

2
days
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Cloud Gate. On the next day, get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, and then take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Chicago journey website .

Getting from Seattle to Chicago by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Seattle to Chicago. Traveling from Seattle in February, things will get little chillier in Chicago: highs are around 2°C and lows about -7°C. On the 10th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Shedd Aquarium
Shedd Aquarium
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Washington Monument, learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, and finally appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, and then get a sense of history and politics at The White House.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Washington DC trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Chicago to Washington DC by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Chicago to Washington DC, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in February: high temperatures in Washington DC hover around 10°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

6
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Central Park and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument, contemplate the long history of 9/11 Memorial, enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, and admire the striking features of Grand central terminal.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the New York City sightseeing planning tool .

Fly from Washington DC to New York City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. February in New York City sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Orlando.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Brooklyn Bridge
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Central Park ©
Central Park
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©

5
days
Orlando

Orlando ©
For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
Family-friendly places like Magic Kingdom Park and SeaWorld Orlando will thrill your kids. Pack the 20th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Walt Disney World Resort. Pack the 22nd (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal's Islands of Adventure. There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Orlando Resort, laugh and play at Happily Ever After Fireworks, and stop by Disney Springs.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Orlando trip maker website .

Do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to Orlando in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In February, Orlando is warmer than New York City - with highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Magic Kingdom Park ©
Magic Kingdom Park
Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): look for gifts at Faulkner House Books and then don't miss a visit to French Quarter. Keep things going the next day: brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Garden District, and then get to know the fascinating history of Jackson Square.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the New Orleans trip maker .

Fly from Orlando to New Orleans in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Orlando to New Orleans. When traveling from Orlando in February, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in New Orleans: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Jackson Square ©
Jackson Square
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
French Quarter ©
French Quarter

6
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.
Kids will enjoy Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and M&M'S World Las Vegas. Explore Las Vegas' surroundings by going to Hoover Dam (in Boulder City) and Valley of Fire State Park (in Overton). There's lots more to do: ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains, see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, enjoy some diversion at Battlefield Vegas, and take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Las Vegas online attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to Las Vegas takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from New Orleans to Las Vegas, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New Orleans in February, plan for a bit warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 21°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Fun & Games Nature

Side Trips

Valley of Fire State Park, Hoover Dam
Highlights from your plan
Valley of Fire State Park
Valley of Fire State Park
Dig This Las Vegas ©
Dig This Las Vegas

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.
On the 7th (Thu), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Moran Point, head outdoors with Shoshone Point, and trek along Tonto Trail.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park route planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. While traveling from Las Vegas, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

5
days
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Disneyland Park and Griffith Observatory. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disney California Adventure Park & Downtown Disney). Pack the 15th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Getty Center The Publications, stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Head underground at Bronson Caves, and kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 26°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

4
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.
Bring the kids along to San Diego Zoo and Cabrillo National Monument. Pack the 17th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego, let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, and kick back and relax at Children's Pool.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Diego trip planning tool .

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In March in San Diego, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow time for travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

5
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.
Kids will enjoy USS Arizona Memorial and Waikiki Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Honolulu: Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay) and Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua). Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument, admire the verdant scenery at Nuuanu Pali Lookout, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and take an in-depth tour of Iolani Palace.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Honolulu trip planning tool .

You can fly from San Diego to Honolulu in 7.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from San Diego to Honolulu. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in March: high temperatures in Honolulu hover around 32°C and lows are around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kailua Beach Park, Nuuanu Pali Lookout
Highlights from your plan
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park

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