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
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 45​min
2
New York City
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  6​h
3
New Orleans
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
4
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at El Pueblo de Los Angeles, take a stroll through Art District, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Oak Canyon Nature Center. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, then identify plant and animal life at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and finally stop by Amoeba Music.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles travel itinerary planner.

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. Traveling from Melbourne to Los Angeles, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in December; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 24°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Oak Canyon Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Oak Canyon Nature Center ©
Oak Canyon Nature Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
El Pueblo de Los Angeles ©
El Pueblo de Los Angeles

2
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate 9/11 Memorial and St. Paul's Chapel. For shopping fun, head to Fifth Avenue or Yaf Sparkle Fine Jewelry. There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Times Square, explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, admire all the interesting features of Central Park, and admire the landmark architecture of Empire State Building.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the New York City journey builder .

You can fly from Los Angeles to New York City in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Los Angeles to New York City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, you will find days in New York City are much colder (10°C), and nights are a bit cooler (2°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Times Square ©
Times Square
Fifth Avenue ©
Fifth Avenue

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral, stop by Faulkner House Books, then get to know the fascinating history of French Quarter, and finally wander the streets of Garden District.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our New Orleans travel route builder app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from New York City to New Orleans takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to New Orleans is minus 1 hour. When traveling from New York City in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in New Orleans, with highs around 16°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Garden District ©
Garden District
St. Louis Cathedral ©
St. Louis Cathedral
French Quarter ©
French Quarter

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, then shop like a local with The Strip, and then admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains. On the next day, try to win big at Paris Las Vegas, then try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and then take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Las Vegas road trip website .

Getting from New Orleans to Las Vegas by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from New Orleans in December, expect little chillier with lows of 4°C in Las Vegas. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): hike along Scenic Road Walkway, then stroll through Point Lobos, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Carmel trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to Carmel takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Carmel are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Scenic Road Walkway ©
Scenic Road Walkway

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Shop till you drop at Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Square. Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. And it doesn't end there: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, wander the streets of Chinatown, sample the fine beverages at Hotaling & Co., and get to know the fascinating history of The Embarcadero.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Francisco journey maker website .

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. December in San Francisco sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

6
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Get some historical perspective at Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark and Yosemite Valley Chapel. Step out of the city life by going to Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Fishing Charters & Tours. On the 6th (Mon), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at North Dome, hit the slopes at Curry Village Ice Rink, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park travel planning tool .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in January, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit cooler (7°C), and nights are much colder (-12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
North Dome ©
North Dome
Taft Point ©
Taft Point

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