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:  15​h 15​min
1
Lahaina, Maui
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  12​h 15​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Page
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
5
New York City
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  6​h 30​min
6
Key West
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h
7
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Sydney

2
nights
Lahaina, Maui

Lahaina ©
Once the booming capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, the tropical paradise of Lahaina still remains one of Maui's top vacation attractions, providing both culture and recreation.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Dolphin & Whale Watching. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Lahaina Banyan Court and Ka'anapali Beach. There's much more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, take a stroll through Lahaina Front Street, and experience rural life at Maui Dragon Fruit Farm.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Lahaina trip itinerary maker.

Sydney, Australia to Lahaina is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Sydney to Lahaina, you'll gain 20 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Lahaina Banyan Court ©
Lahaina Banyan Court
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

Thanks to its favorable location near a mountain range blocking the northeasterly trade winds, Kailua-Kona gets little rainfall, allowing adventure seekers and nature lovers a chance to enjoy over 300 days of sunshine each year.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): experience rural life at Hula Daddy Kona Coffee, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kailua-Kona trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Lahaina to Kailua-Kona in 3.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Kailua-Kona can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Hula Daddy Kona Coffee
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Hula Daddy Kona Coffee ©
Hula Daddy Kona Coffee

2
nights
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.
On the 6th (Wed), take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point, then hike along South Kaibab Trail, and finally get great views at Grandview Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): hike along Bright Angel Trail.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Kailua-Kona to Grand Canyon National Park in 12.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Hawaii Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 3 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Kailua-Kona in December; daily highs in Grand Canyon National Park reach 7°C and lows reach -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Page.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim

2
nights
Page

Page ©
Originally little more than a simple camp constructed to house workers who built a nearby dam on the Colorado River, Page is now a popular stop for travelers preparing a trip to Arizona's canyon country.
On the 8th (Fri), explore the stunning scenery at Lower Antelope Canyon, take in breathtaking views at Antelope Canyon, and then trek along Horseshoe Bend. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Page holiday planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Page in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Page, with lows of -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Page

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Antelope Canyon ©
Antelope Canyon
Lower Antelope Canyon ©
Lower Antelope Canyon
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and then take in the pleasant sights at Central Park. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial, appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument, then take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, and finally admire the striking features of Rockefeller Center.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the New York City trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Page to New York City takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 2 hours. Traveling from Page in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in New York City, with lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Key West.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums 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 ©

3
nights
Key West

Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
On the 13th (Wed), partake in some friendly competition at Southernmost Scavenger Hunt. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with The Schooner Wolf - Private Charters, get engrossed in the history at Truman Little White House, then admire the majestic nature at Fort Zachary Taylor, and finally make a trip to Southernmost Point.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Key West trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to Key West in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from New York City in December, expect Key West to be much hotter, temps between 30°C and 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Fort Zachary Taylor ©
Fort Zachary Taylor
The Overseas Highway ©
The Overseas Highway

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will enjoy Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods National Monument. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and have fun and explore at Exploratorium.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Key West to San Francisco takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Key West to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Key West in December, things will get colder in San Francisco: highs are around 17°C and lows about 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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