18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Bus + Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Zion National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  28​h
End: Melbourne

4
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.
You've added Mission San Juan Capistrano, California Science Center, Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel, and other attractions to your itinerary. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park and Hollywood Forever Cemetery. You'll explore and learn at Autry Museum of the American West and Hollywood Wax Museum. Next up on the itinerary: deepen your understanding at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, see the interesting displays at Ripley's Believe It or Not!, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Illusions.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles tour 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 difference when traveling from Melbourne to Los Angeles is minus 18 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in January, things will get a bit cooler in Los Angeles: highs are around 24°C and lows about 11°C. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Mission San Juan Capistrano, Mission San Gabriel Archangel, Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Petersen Automotive Museum ©
Petersen Automotive Museum
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©

2
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
You've now added Ocean Avenue to your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like U.S. Navy Seabee Museum and Commemorative Air Force Southern California Wing Museum. You'll explore and learn at Mullin Automotive Museum and Camera Obscura. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Shotgun House, walk around Palisades Park, browse the collection at Santa Monica Public Library, and explore the landscape on two wheels at South Bay Bicycle Trail.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Santa Monica trip planner .

Santa Monica is just a stone's throw from Los Angeles. When traveling from Los Angeles in February, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Santa Monica: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

U.S. Navy Seabee Museum, Mullin Automotive Museum, Commemorative Air Force Southern California Wing Museum
Highlights from your plan
South Bay Bicycle Trail ©
South Bay Bicycle Trail
U.S. Navy Seabee Museum ©
U.S. Navy Seabee Museum
Mullin Automotive Museum ©
Mullin Automotive Museum

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 7th (Fri): make a trip to Pothole Dome, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, then make a trip to Washburn Point, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Rainbow Pool and then look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park vacation planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Santa Monica to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Santa Monica in February, plan for a bit cooler days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 10°C, while nights are much colder with lows around -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Rainbow Pool
Highlights from your plan
Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles
Rainbow Pool ©
Rainbow Pool
Pothole Dome ©
Pothole Dome

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of The Ranch at Furnace Creek, contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, and then steep yourself in history at Charcoal Kilns. Keep things going the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon, explore the striking landscape at The Devil's Speedway, and then see a world frozen in time at Ghost Town of Schwab.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park tour itinerary planning website .

You can do a combination of bus and car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 6 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in February; daily highs in Death Valley National Park reach 20°C and lows reach 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works
Charcoal Kilns ©
Charcoal Kilns
The Ranch at Furnace Creek ©
The Ranch at Furnace Creek

3
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 11th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Clark County Wetlands Park, then identify plant and animal life at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and then see a world frozen in time at Nelson Ghost Town. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy some diversion at The Little Vegas Chapel, examine the collection at The Auto Collections, then see the interesting displays at Nostalgia Street Rods, and finally see the interesting displays at The Liberace Museum Collection Tour.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Las Vegas day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Las Vegas, with lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Nelson Ghost Town, Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Nostalgia Street Rods ©
Nostalgia Street Rods
The Auto Collections ©
The Auto Collections
Nelson Ghost Town ©
Nelson Ghost Town

3
nights
Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Museum-lovers will appreciate LaFave Gallery and David J West Gallery. Get a sense of the local culture at Old Iron Town and Grafton Cemetery (Ghost Town). Change things up with a short trip to Parowan Gap Petroglyphs in Parowan (about 1h 25 min away). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Taylor Creek.

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Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Zion National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Zion National Park. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Las Vegas in February: high temperatures in Zion National Park hover around 17°C and lows are around -3°C. On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Springdale, Old Iron Town, Grafton Cemetery (Ghost Town), Parowan Gap Petroglyphs
Highlights from your plan
Parowan Gap Petroglyphs ©
Parowan Gap Petroglyphs
Old Iron Town ©
Old Iron Town
Grafton Cemetery (Ghost Town) ©
Grafton Cemetery (Ghost Town)

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