20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

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20 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  18​h
1
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Palm Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Foot:  9​h 30​min
4
New York City
— 6 nights
Foot + Fly:  8​h 30​min
5
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Sydney

5
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 Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 17th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Topanga State Park, explore and take pictures at STAPLES Center, admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall, and admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles itinerary builder site .

Sydney, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Los Angeles is minus 18 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in April, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

2
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. On the 21st (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Moorten Botanical Garden, take in breathtaking views at Tahquitz Canyon, and then steep yourself in history at Sunnylands.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Palm Springs trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Palm Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Palm Springs, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sunnylands Center & Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Tahquitz Canyon ©
Tahquitz Canyon
Sunnylands Center & Gardens ©
Sunnylands Center & Gardens
Moorten Botanical Garden ©
Moorten Botanical Garden

1
night
Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): steep yourself in history at Keys Ranch and then admire the verdant scenery at Hidden Valley Nature Trail.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Joshua Tree National Park trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Palm Springs to Joshua Tree National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In April in Joshua Tree National Park, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail
Keys Ranch ©
Keys Ranch

6
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: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, stroll through The High Line, explore the world behind art at The Museum of Modern Art, and learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our New York City road trip planner.

Getting from Joshua Tree National Park to New York City by combination of car and flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 3 hours. When traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in April, plan for much colder days in New York City, with highs around 19°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

4
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Hoover Dam in Boulder City (about 42 minutes away). There's lots more to do: ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains, get interesting insight from Tours, try to win big at The Mirage, and see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Las Vegas tour itinerary builder website .

Getting from New York City to Las Vegas by combination of bus and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in April, with highs in Las Vegas at 31°C and lows at 16°C. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hoover Dam
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

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