15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

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15 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  16​h
1
Los Angeles
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h
2
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h
4
Memphis
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Washington DC
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
New York City
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Indianapolis
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 45​min
8
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Brisbane

1
day
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.
On the 17th (Fri), buy something for everyone on your list at Third Street Promenade, wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, then look for gifts at Amoeba Music, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planner .

Brisbane, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -18 hour difference. In May in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Neighborhoods Nightlife

Side Trip

Third Street Promenade
Highlights from your plan
Amoeba Music ©
Amoeba Music
The Grove ©
The Grove
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): browse the different shops at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, then shop like a local with The Strip, then admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and finally ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Barneys New York, then browse the different shops at The Forum Shops at Caesars, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Las Vegas road trip planning tool .

Fly from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Los Angeles in May, you will find days in Las Vegas are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian ©

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Rim Trail and Bright Angel Trail. The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Grandview Point, trek along South Kaibab Trail, and stop by Canyon Village Marketplace.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Las Vegas in May: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Memphis.

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

1
day
Memphis

Memphis ©
The largest city on the Mississippi River, Memphis bills itself as both the "Birthplace of Rock" and "Home of the Blues." With such a rich musical heritage, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Elvis Presley chose to live in Memphis during his later years.
On the 23rd (Thu), explore the galleries of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, then don't miss a visit to Graceland, and then stop by Dinstuhl's Fine Candy Company, Inc..

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Memphis attractions app .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Memphis by combination of bus and flight takes about 10 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Memphis, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, you will find days in Memphis are a bit warmer (31°C), and nights are much hotter (19°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Dinstuhl's Fine Candy Company, Inc. ©
Graceland ©
Graceland

1
day
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 24th (Fri): explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, then examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, and then explore the activities along Tidal Basin.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Washington DC online attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Memphis to Washington DC takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
Tidal Basin ©
Tidal Basin
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

2
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.
On the 25th (Sat), pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial and then go for a walk through Central Park. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, and then look for gifts at The Strand Bookstore.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the New York City trip site .

You can fly from Washington DC to New York City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. While traveling from Washington DC, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in New York City, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Indianapolis.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
The Strand Bookstore ©
The Strand Bookstore
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building

1
day
Indianapolis

Indianapolis ©
Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
On the 27th (Mon), admire all the interesting features of Victory Field, then buy something for everyone on your list at Southport Antique Mall, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally take a stroll around Central Library.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Indianapolis online road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from New York City to Indianapolis takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Shopping Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Southport Antique Mall ©
Southport Antique Mall
Room Escape Games
Victory Field ©
Victory Field

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral, then take a stroll through Union Square, and finally browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Exploratorium, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then don't miss a visit to Lombard Street.

For ratings and other tourist information, use the San Francisco online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Indianapolis to San Francisco by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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