59 days in United States Itinerary

59 days in United States Itinerary

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59 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  13​h 15​min
Honolulu, Oahu
— 6 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
Princeville, Kauai
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  10​h
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Yosemite National Park
— 8 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Fly:  7​h
Washington DC
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
New York City
— 8 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h
San Diego
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Santa Monica
— 7 nights
bus + Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Sydney

6
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate USS Arizona Memorial and National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Get outdoors at Kailua Beach Park and Sunset Beach Park. Explore Honolulu's surroundings by going to Polynesian Cultural Center (in Laie) and Waimea Bay (in Haleiwa). The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, stroll through Manoa Falls, browse the different shops at Ala Moana Center, and kick back and relax at Kapiolani Regional Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Honolulu vacation planner .

Sydney, Australia to Honolulu is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST) is minus 20 hours. Traveling from Sydney in August, things will get warmer in Honolulu: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Princeville.

Things to do in Honolulu

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Polynesian Cultural Center, Kailua Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach

3
days
Princeville, Kauai

Princeville ©
Princeville is a 9,000acre, upscale, unincorporated, master-planned community of vacation homes and condos on the north shore of the island of Kauai in Kauai County, Hawaii. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Na Pali Coast State Park and Tunnels Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Hanalei Beach and Hanalei Bay. Change things up with a short trip to Poipu Beach Park in Poipu (about 1h 15 min away). The adventure continues: hike along Kalalau Trail and take a memorable drive along Hanalei Valley Lookout.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Princeville trip itinerary site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Honolulu to Princeville in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Princeville

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Kauai, Hanalei, Na Pali Coast State Park, Poipu Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Hanalei Beach ©
Hanalei Beach
Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park
Tunnels Beach ©
Tunnels Beach

2
days
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Kahaluu Beach, experience rural life at Hula Daddy Kona Coffee, and then admire the majestic nature at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kailua-Kona tour itinerary maker app .

Getting from Princeville to Kailua-Kona by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. In August in Kailua-Kona, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Kahaluu Beach, Hula Daddy Kona Coffee, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©

1
day
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): stop by The Cheese Shop, enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos State Reserve, and then kick back and relax at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel vacation builder site .

Getting from Kailua-Kona to Carmel by combination of flight, shuttle, and bus takes about 10 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Kailua-Kona to Carmel is 2 hours. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in August, things will get a bit cooler in Carmel: highs are around 24°C and lows about 15°C. On the 19th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

7
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. And it doesn't end there: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, explore the activities along Tenaya Lake, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and stroll through Nevada Falls Loop.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in August, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are slightly colder (7°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

7
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and The Embarcadero will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will appreciate Exploratorium and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. There's much more to do: browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fort Funston National Park, get great views at Twin Peaks, and steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers & Publishers.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary builder app .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Washington DC.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Neighborhoods, #Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

7
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.
You'll explore and learn at National Air and Space Museum and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Get in touch with nature at National Zoological Park and Tidal Basin. Change things up with these side-trips from Washington DC: National Museum of the Marine Corps (in Triangle) and Gettysburg (Gettysburg National Military Park, Victorian Photography Studio, & more). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, appreciate the history behind Lincoln Memorial, see the interesting displays at National Archives Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Newseum.

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Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Washington DC takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Washington DC is 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in September; daily highs in Washington DC reach 32°C and lows reach 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

#Museums, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gettysburg, Arlington, National Museum of the Marine Corps, Takoma Park Farmers Market
Highlights from your plan
Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Gettysburg National Military Park
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

7
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.
9/11 Memorial and Ellis Island will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Metropolitan Museum of Art and New York Public Library. Take a break from New York City with a short trip to Gateway National Recreation in Sandy Hook, about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Fifth Avenue, get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Girlfriend NYC, admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Modern Art, and pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our New York City road trip planning site .

Getting from Washington DC to New York City by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. September in New York City sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in New York City

#Museums, #Shopping, #Parks

Side Trip

Gateway National Recreation
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

7
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and San Diego Zoo. Attractions like La Jolla Cove and Black's Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Pack the 22nd (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. Next up on the itinerary: shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter, enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park, have fun at Balboa Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Children's Pool.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read San Diego day trip planning app .

Do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to San Diego in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to San Diego is minus 3 hours. In September in San Diego, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Diego

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

7
days
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.
Get in touch with nature at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Hermosa Beach Pier. Popular historic sites such as Santa Monica Pier and Venice Canals Walkway are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Monica: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park) and Los Angeles (Universal Studios Hollywood & Griffith Observatory). There's much more to do: browse the different shops at The Grove, look for gifts at Amoeba Music, take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from San Diego to Santa Monica in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from San Diego in September since evenings lows in Santa Monica dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

#Theme Parks, #Shopping, #Museums

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Anaheim, Hermosa Beach Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

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