21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

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21 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  16​h
1
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  8​h
2
Washington DC
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
New York City
— 7 nights
Fly + bus:  10​h
4
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Brisbane

5
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.
The Getty Center and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Bring the kids along to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and The Grove. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). There's still lots to do: hunt for treasures at Melrose Trading Post, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and stop by Hollywood & Highland.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles trip planning app .

Brisbane, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to Pacific Standard Time is minus 18 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Brisbane in December, with highs in Los Angeles at 24°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

5
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Lion Potter of Gettysburg and Village at Shirlington. Visit Washington National Cathedral and Georgetown University for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Washington DC: Gettysburg National Military Park (in Gettysburg) and Breezy Point Beach and Campground (in Chesapeake Beach). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, contemplate the long history of Old Stone House, get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and stop by Politics and Prose.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Washington DC day trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Washington DC takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Washington DC is 3 hours. In December, Washington DC is slightly colder than Los Angeles - with highs of 12°C and lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Arlington, Gettysburg, Breezy Point Beach
Highlights from your plan
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

7
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.
Head to Fifth Avenue and Astor Wines & Spiritsfor some retail therapy. We've included these beaches for you: Gateway National Recreation and Ponquogue Beach. When in New York City, make a side trip to see Jones Beach State Park in Wantagh, approximately 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at 9/11 Memorial, learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History, look for gifts at Tiffany & Co., and take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to New York City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December in New York City, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Ponquogue Beach, Gateway National Recreation, Jones Beach State Park
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
American Museum of Natural History ©
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial

2
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica Beach, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and then wander the streets of Montana Avenue. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at The Getty Villa, then wander the streets of Rodeo Drive, and then browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Santa Monica trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from New York City to Santa Monica takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and tram; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. In December, Santa Monica is a bit warmer than New York City - with highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Beverly Hills, The Getty Villa
Highlights from your plan
Rodeo Drive ©
Rodeo Drive
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

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