21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

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21 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
car:  3​h
2
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
drive:  1​h
3
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Pismo Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Barstow
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Zion National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Capitol Reef National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
11
Moab
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
12
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
13
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Sydney

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 18 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. On the 11th (Wed), you're off toSanta Cruz.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Tours

1
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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
On the 11th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Cruz Harbor Beach.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz holiday website .

Getting from San Francisco to Santa Cruz by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Santa Cruz are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 12th (Thu), you'll travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Santa Cruz Harbor Beach ©
Santa Cruz Harbor Beach

1
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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): stroll through Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge and then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Monterey vacation maker website .

Getting from Santa Cruz to Monterey by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from Santa Cruz, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Beaches Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On the 13th (Fri), do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery and then enjoy the sand and surf at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach.

Before you visit San Simeon, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Monterey in September, you will find days in San Simeon are a bit warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in San Simeon

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Brown Butter Cookie Company
Highlights from your plan
Brown Butter Cookie Company ©
Brown Butter Cookie Company
Hearst Ranch Winery ©
Hearst Ranch Winery

1
night
Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach ©
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. On the 14th (Sat), stroll through Eldwaylen Ocean Park and then take in the history at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Pismo Beach day trip app .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Pismo Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from San Simeon in September, plan for slightly colder days in Pismo Beach, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Barstow.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Beaches Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
Highlights from your plan
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa ©
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa

1
night
Barstow

Barstow ©
Barstow is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. On the 15th (Sun), see a world frozen in time at Calico Ghost Town and then hike along Mojave Trail.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Barstow trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Pismo Beach to Barstow takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Pismo Beach in September: high temperatures in Barstow hover around 41°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Barstow

Trails Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Calico Ghost Town, Mojave Trail
Highlights from your plan
Calico Ghost Town ©
Calico Ghost Town

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and then ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip planner.

Traveling by car from Barstow to Las Vegas takes 2.5 hours. In September in Las Vegas, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio

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Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Zion National Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Zion National Park sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Las Vegas to Zion National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Zion National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from Las Vegas in September, expect nights in Zion National Park to be cooler, around 10°C, while days are slightly colder, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park

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Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park ©
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
On the 19th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Rim Trail and then explore the striking landscape at Wall Street.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Bryce Canyon National Park travel route builder website .

Traveling by car from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park takes 3 hours. Traveling from Zion National Park in September, things will get slightly colder in Bryce Canyon National Park: highs are around 24°C and lows about 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Capitol Reef National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Wall Street ©
Wall Street

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Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park ©
Capitol Reef National Park takes its name from a particularly rugged and scenic section of the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic "wrinkle" stretching for 160 km (100 mi) along a dry plateau surrounded by white Navajo sandstone cliffs and domes, and red canyons, buttes, and rock bridges.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunset Point Trail, admire the landmark architecture of Fruita Schoolhouse, and then hike along Chimney Rock Trail.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Capitol Reef National Park online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Bryce Canyon National Park to Capitol Reef National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 5°C. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Moab.

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Factory Butte
Highlights from your plan
Factory Butte ©
Factory Butte
Fruita Schoolhouse ©
Fruita Schoolhouse

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Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Moab online route planner .

Traveling by car from Capitol Reef National Park to Moab takes 3.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Capitol Reef National Park in September, with highs in Moab at 34°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Moab

Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Tom Till Gallery ©
Tom Till Gallery

1
night
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
On the 22nd (Sun), explore the different monuments and memorials at Linwood Cemetery and then hike along Hanging Lake Trail.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Moab to Glenwood Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Moab, expect cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Trails Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
Linwood Cemetery ©
Linwood Cemetery

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Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
On the 23rd (Mon), immerse yourself in nature at Roxborough State Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Dinosaur Ridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then sample the tasty concoctions at Avery Brewing Company, and then engage your brain at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Denver itinerary planning site .

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Denver in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in September: high temperatures in Denver hover around 30°C and lows are around 13°C. You'll set off for home on the 25th (Wed).

Things to do in Denver

Parks Childrens Museums Museums

Side Trips

Roxborough State Park, Avery Brewing Company, Dinosaur Ridge, Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center
Highlights from your plan
Dinosaur Ridge ©
Dinosaur Ridge
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Roxborough State Park ©
Roxborough State Park

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