18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  17​h
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Chicago
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 30​min
6
Honolulu, Oahu
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
7
Kihei, Maui
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
8
Lihue, Kauai
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Sydney


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1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 3rd (Fri), shop like a local with Union Square, get a taste of the local shopping with City Lights Booksellers, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and finally snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Keep things going the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace, then tee off at Lincoln Park, then delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument, and finally browse the exhibits of SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip 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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to San Francisco. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in January; daily highs in San Francisco reach 17°C and lows reach 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, then take in the natural beauty of Solitary Geyser, and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Elephant Back Mountain and then identify plant and animal life at Lamar Valley.

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Do a combination of flight and car from San Francisco to Yellowstone National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and car; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Francisco to Yellowstone National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in January, expect Yellowstone National Park to be cooler, temps between -5°C and -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful

1
day
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, shop like a local with The Magnificent Mile, and then get your game on at Team vs Time.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Chicago online trip planner .

Do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Chicago in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in January, things will get a bit warmer in Chicago: highs are around 0°C and lows about -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Chicago

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
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The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago

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.
On the 8th (Wed), look for gifts at Las Vegas North Premium Outlets, then buy something for everyone on your list at The Forum Shops at Caesars, then get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, and finally admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): stroll through Calico Tanks Trail and then take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip website .

Getting from Chicago to Las Vegas by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Chicago to Las Vegas. In January, Las Vegas is much hotter than Chicago - with highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
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The Strip ©
The Strip
Las Vegas North Premium Outlets ©
Las Vegas North Premium Outlets

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 10th (Fri), find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to Los Angeles takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 24°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks
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Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Iolani Palace, then hike along Koko Crater Railway Trail, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lanikai Beach. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kailua Beach Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Honolulu holiday maker site .

You can fly from Los Angeles to Honolulu in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Honolulu. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in January; daily highs in Honolulu reach 32°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kailua
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Koko Crater Railway Trail ©
Koko Crater Railway Trail
Lanikai Beach ©
Lanikai Beach
Iolani Palace ©
Iolani Palace

3
nights
Kihei, Maui

Kihei ©
Stretching over 9.7 km (6 mi) of pristine south Maui coastline, Kihei is the island's driest and sunniest region, making it a perfect location for water activities and beach leisure.
We've included these beaches for you: Wailea Beach and Kalepolepo Beach Park. Escape the urban bustle at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Scuba & Snorkeling. Explore Kihei's surroundings by going to Lahaina (Lahaina Banyan Court, Napili Beach, & more). The adventure continues: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and kick back and relax at Ho'okipa Beach Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kihei day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Kihei takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and car. January in Kihei sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Lihue.

Things to do in Kihei

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Lahaina, Ho'okipa Beach Park, Wailea Beach
Highlights from your plan
Napili Beach ©
Napili Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
nights
Lihue, Kauai

Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Hanalei Beach and Baby Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Kalalau Trail. Explore Lihue's surroundings by going to Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge (in Hanalei) and Na Pali Coast State Park (in Wainiha). There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, kick back and relax at Poipu Beach Park, and admire the sheer force of Wailua Falls.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Lihue day trip planner .

Getting from Kihei to Lihue by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly. In January in Lihue, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lihue

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Poipu, Hanalei, Scuba & Snorkeling, Na Pali Coast State Park, Kalalau Trail
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Na Pali Coast State Park ©
Na Pali Coast State Park
Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park

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