20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

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20 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  10​h 30​min
3
New Orleans
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h
4
New York City
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
5
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

3
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.
Kids will enjoy Disneyland Park and Griffith Observatory. Change things up with a short trip to Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim (about 38 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles day trip tool .

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 moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 18 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in July, things will get warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 33°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): get curious at Yavapai Geology Museum and then hike along Rim Trail. Keep things going the next day: trek along Bright Angel Trail and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Yavapai Geology Museum ©
Yavapai Geology Museum
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim

2
nights
New Orleans

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Attractions like Audubon Zoo and Audubon Aquarium of the Americas make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, take a stroll through Royal Street, don't miss a visit to Jackson Square, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Lafayette Cemetery No.1.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the New Orleans trip planner .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to New Orleans by combination of bus and flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect much hotter evenings in New Orleans when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, with lows around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Jackson Square ©
Jackson Square
Audubon Zoo ©
Audubon Zoo
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas ©
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

4
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Central Park and American Museum of Natural History. Change things up with a short trip to Bronx Zoo in Bronx (about 36 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument, enjoy breathtaking views from Top of the Rock, and take in the pleasant sights at The High Line.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the New York City travel route planner .

Getting from New Orleans to New York City by combination of flight and bus takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from New Orleans to New York City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New Orleans in July, expect nights in New York City to be a bit cooler, around 26°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 35°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Bronx Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Attractions like Exploratorium and Cable Car Museum make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with a short trip to Wine Tours & Tastings in Napa (about 1h 05 min away). Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, don't miss a visit to Lombard Street, get curious at California Academy of Sciences, and examine the collection at de Young Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco online route planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to San Francisco in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. In July, San Francisco is a bit cooler than New York City - with highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

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