15 days in United States Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 2 nights
New York City
— 4 nights
San Diego
— 3 nights
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Honolulu, Oahu
— 3 nights


San Francisco — 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): expand your understanding of the military at Fort Point, then steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco travel planner.

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to San Francisco, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, San Francisco is colder than Sydney - with highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to New York City.
Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping · Parks

New York City — 4 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for sightseeing, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, make a trip to Grand Central Terminal, admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and steep yourself in history at 9/11 Memorial.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the New York City trip itinerary planner.

Fly from San Francisco to New York City in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway, train, and bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from San Francisco in December: high temperatures in New York City hover around 10°C and lows are around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to San Diego.
Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

San Diego — 3 nights

America's Finest City

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.
Go for a jaunt from San Diego to Encinitas to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cabrillo National Monument.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Diego trip planner.

You can fly from New York City to San Diego in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from New York City in December: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 23°C and lows are around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Fun & Games
Side Trip

Los Angeles — 2 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
On the 24th (Sun), take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, examine the collection at The Getty Center, then cruise along Mulholland Drive, then explore the world behind art at Norton Simon Museum, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park.

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Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Honolulu.
Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Outdoors
Side Trips

Honolulu, Oahu — 3 nights

Big Pineapple

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
On the 26th (Tue), steep yourself in history at USS Arizona Memorial, then take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Iolani Palace and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Waikiki Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Honolulu journey maker.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu takes 7 hours. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST) is minus 2 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in December: high temperatures in Honolulu hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow time for the flight back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

United States travel guide

Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.

Hawaii travel guide

Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Zipline
The Aloha State
An archipelago of hundreds of volcanic islands located in a geological hot spot in the middle of Pacific, Hawaii offers diverse natural scenery and a warm tropical climate. The six major islands open to tourism draw visitors with their sun-drenched public beaches and craggy natural trails. Thanks to their mid-Pacific location, the islands boast a vibrant native culture influenced by both North America and Asia. You can spend your vacation basking in the modern comforts of the big hotels, but to experience the true spirit of these islands, remember that real Hawaiians live outdoors. Encounter nature by surfing, swimming, fishing, and picnicking, or join a guided tour across the ancient lava flows to the top of Hawaii's rugged volcanic peaks.