20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

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20 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly + bus:  22​h 30​min
1
New York City
— 6 nights
train:  4​h
2
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
3
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
4
Paso Robles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Brisbane

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.
Attractions like Central Park and The Rink at Rockefeller Center make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, admire the striking features of Grand Central Terminal, take an in-depth tour of Ellis Island, and see the interesting displays at New York Public Library.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our New York City driving holiday planner .

Sydney, Australia to New York City is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Eastern Standard Time is minus 15 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in December, with highs in New York City at 10°C and lows at 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Washington DC.

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 ©

2
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and then appreciate the history behind Lincoln Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): ponder the world of politics at United States Capitol, see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, then learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and finally ponder the world of politics at White House.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Washington DC journey planning website .

Traveling by flight from New York City to Washington DC takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Washington DC are 7°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Zoological Park ©
National Zoological Park
Tidal Basin ©
Tidal Basin

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 4th (Fri), take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains, then admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and finally try your luck at Paris Las Vegas.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Las Vegas vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Las Vegas takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in January, expect Las Vegas to be a bit warmer, temps between 17°C and 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

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

2
nights
Paso Robles

Paso Robles ©
A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
Bring the kids along to Elephant Seal Rookery and Monarch Butterfly Grove. Get out of town with these interesting Paso Robles side-trips: Morro Rock (in Morro Bay), Piedras Blancas (in San Simeon) and Cambria (Cambria Nursery & Florist, Moonstone Beach Dr, & more). The adventure continues: relax in the rural setting at Olea Farm Olive Oil & Tasting Room.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Paso Robles journey builder tool .

Drive from Las Vegas to Paso Robles in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In January, daytime highs in Paso Robles are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cambria, San Simeon, Morro Rock, Olea Farm Olive Oil & Tasting Room, Monarch Butterfly Grove
Highlights from your plan
Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

1
night
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
On the 8th (Tue), enjoy breathtaking views from Santa Barbara County Courthouse, then make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Barbara Zoo, and finally take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara trip planner .

Getting from Paso Robles to Santa Barbara by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Paso Robles in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Santa Barbara, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Stearns Wharf ©
Stearns Wharf

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.
Family-friendly places like Disneyland Park and The Getty Center will thrill your kids. When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, approximately 38 minutes away. Pack the 11th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, and don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Santa Barbara in January since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

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

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