17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Denver
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
3
Deadwood
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Dallas
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
5
Tampa
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Houston
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Austin
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
San Antonio
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

1
night
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 7th (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of El Pueblo de Los Angeles, get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with Abbot Kinney Boulevard, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip itinerary builder .

Melbourne, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Pacific Standard Time is minus 18 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in September, things will get much warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 34°C and lows about 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

1
night
Denver

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): cast your line with a fishing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the exhibits of Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, take an in-depth tour of Littleton Museum, then examine the collection at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity United Methodist Church.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Denver day trip app .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Denver takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, things will get a bit cooler in Denver: highs are around 30°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Deadwood.

Things to do in Denver

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Littleton Museum, Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center ©

1
night
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. On the 11th (Wed), take a memorable drive along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, take an in-depth tour of Adams Museum, then contemplate the long history of Adams House, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, and finally view the masterpieces at Scott Jacobs Studio.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Deadwood holiday planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Denver to Deadwood in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Denver to Deadwood is 1 hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Denver in September: highs in Deadwood hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Dallas.

Things to do in Deadwood

Scenic Drive Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
Highlights from your plan
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway ©
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
Adams House ©
Adams House
Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum

1
night
Dallas

Dallas ©
One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
On the 12th (Thu), do a tasting at Eden Hill Winery & Vineyard, contemplate the long history of Top O'Hill Terrace, and then examine the collection at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, admire the masterpieces at Kimbell Art Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Tandy Leather Museum & Gallery.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Dallas trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Deadwood to Dallas takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Deadwood in September: highs in Dallas hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Tampa.

Things to do in Dallas

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Fort Worth, Eden Hill Winery & Vineyard, Top O'Hill Terrace
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Top O'Hill Terrace ©
Top O'Hill Terrace
Kimbell Art Museum ©
Kimbell Art Museum

1
night
Tampa

Tampa ranks among the country's most livable cities, attracting newcomers with its growing economy and status as a major port on the Gulf of Mexico.
On the 14th (Sat), take a memorable tour with Tours. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, then learn about winemaking at Aspirations Winery, and then kick back and relax at Clearwater Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tampa trip itinerary builder site .

Fly from Dallas to Tampa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In September, daily temperatures in Tampa can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Houston.

Things to do in Tampa

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Clearwater, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral ©
Clearwater Beach ©
Clearwater Beach

1
night
Houston

Houston ©
Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): stroll the grounds of Glenwood Cemetery, then see the interesting displays at Space Center Houston, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Teo-Chew Temple.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Houston vacation maker .

Traveling by flight from Tampa to Houston takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Tampa to Houston is minus 1 hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Austin.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston
Glenwood Cemetery ©
Glenwood Cemetery
Teo-Chew Temple ©
Teo-Chew Temple

2
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Bullock Texas State History Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Texas State Capitol, and then take in the views from Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, get to know the fascinating history of Mount Bonnell, explore the world behind art at Elisabet Ney Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Harry Ransom Center, then get a taste of the local shopping with Wild About Music, and finally admire the striking features of The Driskill.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Austin holiday planning website .

Traveling by car from Houston to Austin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In September in Austin, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Austin

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Bullock Texas State History Museum ©
Bullock Texas State History Museum
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
Elisabet Ney Museum ©
Elisabet Ney Museum

3
nights
San Antonio

San Antonio ©
As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Alamo and National Museum of the Pacific War. Popular historic sites such as Mission San Jose and Mission Espada are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Antonio: Fredericksburg (Grape Creek Vineyards on Main & Lost Draw Cellars). There's still lots to do: admire the architecture and history at Mission San Juan, explore the galleries of The Guenther House Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of King William Historic District, and stroll through The San Antonio River Walk.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Antonio driving holiday app .

You can drive from Austin to San Antonio in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September in San Antonio, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trip

Fredericksburg
Highlights from your plan
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
National Museum of the Pacific War ©
Mission San Jose ©
Mission San Jose

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