18 days in Continental USA Itinerary

18 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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18 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  17​h
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  11​h 15​min
3
New York City
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Orlando
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  11​h 45​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h
7
Honolulu, Oahu
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Sydney

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 12th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island and then contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): get curious at Exploratorium, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and then make a trip to Lombard Street.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary planner .

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. Traveling from Sydney to San Francisco, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get colder in San Francisco: highs are around 17°C and lows about 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point and then fly down the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hit the slopes at Curry Village Ice Rink and then trek along Mariposa Grove.

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You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Francisco in December: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 9°C, while lows dip to -11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area ©
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area

3
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: go for a walk through Central Park, don't miss a visit to Rockefeller Center, enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Paul's Chapel.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the New York City online route builder .

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and bus from Yosemite National Park to New York City takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Yosemite National Park to New York City. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, expect warmer with lows of 2°C in New York City. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Orlando.

Things to do in New York City

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

3
nights
Orlando

Orlando ©
For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
Orlando is known for theme parks, nightlife, fun & games, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make an unforgettable trip to Walt Disney World Resort, have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Orlando, find something for the whole family at Magic Kingdom Park, and make a trip to Disney's Hollywood Studios.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Orlando trip planner .

You can fly from New York City to Orlando in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from New York City in December; daily highs in Orlando reach 29°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Fun & Games Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Magic Kingdom Park ©
Magic Kingdom Park
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure

2
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.
Grand Canyon National Park is known for nature, trails, historic sites, wildlife, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, tour the pleasant surroundings at South Kaibab Trail, and trek along Rim Trail.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Orlando to Grand Canyon National Park in 12 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Orlando to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Orlando in December, expect Grand Canyon National Park to be much colder, temps between 8°C and -11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Las Vegas.

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
night
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.
On the 26th (Thu), admire the majestic nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and then ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Las Vegas route app .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 16°C by day to 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Las Vegas

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

2
nights
Honolulu, Oahu

Honolulu ©
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 27th (Fri), browse the exhibits of USS Arizona Memorial, then explore and take pictures at Diamond Head State Monument, and then identify plant and animal life at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Honolulu visit planner .

Fly from Las Vegas to Honolulu in 9 hours. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Las Vegas to Honolulu due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Las Vegas in December; daily highs in Honolulu reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Waimea Bay
Highlights from your plan
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve ©
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

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