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
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
5
Redwood National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
6
Portland
— 1 night
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

3
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles trip planner .

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 changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -18 hour difference. Traveling from Melbourne in June, expect nights in Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, around 19°C, while days are warmer, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

1
night
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): stroll through Cactus to Clouds, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Jacinto Mountain, and then don't miss a visit to Frey House II.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Palm Springs online route builder .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Palm Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in June, plan for much hotter days in Palm Springs, with highs around 48°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
San Jacinto Mountain ©
San Jacinto Mountain
Cactus to Clouds ©
Cactus to Clouds
Frey House II ©
Frey House II

4
nights
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Grove.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park route planner.

Traveling by car from Palm Springs to Yosemite National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Palm Springs in June, things will get much colder in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 30°C and lows about 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, don't miss a visit to Lombard Street, and get curious at California Academy of Sciences.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our San Francisco driving holiday website .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for a bit cooler days in San Francisco, with highs around 26°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

2
nights
Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
On the 6th (Mon), take a peaceful walk through Tall Trees Grove and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Redwood National Park. Keep things going the next day: trek along Lady Bird Johnson Grove, trek along California Coastal Trail, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Trillium Falls Hike.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Redwood National Park online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from San Francisco to Redwood National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in July; daily highs in Redwood National Park reach 20°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Portland.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Lady Bird Johnson Grove
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Tall Trees Grove ©
Tall Trees Grove
Trillium Falls Hike ©
Trillium Falls Hike

1
night
Portland

A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then trek along Forest Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at International Rose Test Garden, and finally stop by Powell's City of Books.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Portland day trip website .

Traveling by car from Redwood National Park to Portland takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Redwood National Park in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Portland: highs are around 33°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Outdoors Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books
Forest Park ©
Forest Park

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