16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Grand Teton National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  9​h
4
New York City
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Pigeon Forge
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
6
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h
End: Melbourne

1
night
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 7th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: play a few rounds at Lincoln Park, then steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online trip itinerary planner .

Melbourne, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Melbourne to San Francisco. Traveling from Melbourne in August, things will get a bit warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 26°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Lincoln Park ©
Lincoln Park

2
nights
Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park ©
The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): stroll through Cascade Canyon Trail and then take in the awesome beauty at Grand Teton. On the next day, take a memorable drive along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Potholes Turnout, Grand Teton National Park, then hike along Taggart Lake, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Group.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Teton National Park itinerary planner .

Fly from San Francisco to Grand Teton National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from San Francisco in August since evenings lows in Grand Teton National Park dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Cascade Canyon Trail ©
Cascade Canyon Trail
Taggart Lake ©
Taggart Lake

4
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Take a break from the city and head to Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Lamar Valley. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Lower Geyser Basin, witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, hike along Artist Point, and admire the sheer force of Mystic Falls Trail.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park takes 1.5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Grand Teton National Park in August: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 24°C and lows are around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our New York City trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and bus from Yellowstone National Park to New York City takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Yellowstone National Park to New York City due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in New York City: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©

2
nights
Pigeon Forge

A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Pigeon Forge bills itself as the "Center of Fun in the Smokies." Just a short drive from the national park protecting the diverse plant and animal life of the Great Smoky Mountains, the town features numerous places to visit, such as bars, restaurants, cafes, theaters, and shops.
On the 18th (Sun), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Chimney Tops Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Ramsey Cascades, and then trek along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Pigeon Forge road trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to Pigeon Forge in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. August in Pigeon Forge sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte
Chimney Tops Trail ©
Chimney Tops Trail

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 20th (Tue): take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and then make a trip to Fountains of Bellagio.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Pigeon Forge to Las Vegas takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Pigeon Forge in August, expect Las Vegas to be a bit warmer, temps between 45°C and 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio

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