21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

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21 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Newcastle
Fly:  19​h
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
2
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
3
Orlando
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Key West
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h
5
New York City
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  10​h 15​min
6
Sedona
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  11​h 30​min
7
Lahaina, Maui
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
Honolulu, Oahu
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Newcastle

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): admire all the interesting features of Alcatraz Island, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: explore and take pictures at Twin Peaks, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, then take a peaceful walk through Muir Woods National Monument, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

Newcastle, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Pacific Standard Time is minus 18 hours. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Newcastle in December: highs in San Francisco hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum and then take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Strip, then admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and finally admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, read our Las Vegas planner .

You can fly from San Francisco to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Las Vegas when traveling from San Francisco in December, with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum
Madame Tussauds -  Las Vegas ©
Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas

1
day
Orlando

Orlando ©
For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
On the 1st (Fri), make an unforgettable trip to Walt Disney World Resort.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Orlando trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Las Vegas to Orlando in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Las Vegas to Orlando. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Las Vegas in January: high temperatures in Orlando hover around 25°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Key West.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort

2
nights
Key West

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): cruise along The Overseas Highway, then get engrossed in the history at Truman Little White House, then learn about all things military at U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Fort Zachary Taylor. Keep things going the next day: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then cast your line with a fishing tour, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Key West Cemetery.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Key West trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Orlando to Key West takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Orlando in January, Key West is a bit warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Truman Little White House ©
Truman Little White House
Fort Zachary Taylor ©
Fort Zachary Taylor
Fishing Charters & Tours

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Statue of Liberty National Monument. You'll explore and learn at 9/11 Memorial and American Museum of Natural History. Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Central Park, explore the world behind art at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and examine the collection at New York Public Library.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our New York City itinerary planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Key West to New York City in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Key West in January, expect New York City to be colder, temps between 5°C and -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sedona.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial

2
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Escape the urban bustle at Walnut Canyon National Monument and Oak Creek Canyon. Discover out-of-the-way places like Devil's Bridge Trail and Cathedral Rock. And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and explore the striking landscape at Bell Rock.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Sedona road trip tool .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from New York City to Sedona in 10.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Sedona due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in January, with highs in Sedona at 14°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Walnut Canyon National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Bell Rock ©
Bell Rock
Walnut Canyon National Monument ©
Walnut Canyon National Monument
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock

2
nights
Lahaina, Maui

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.
Kids will enjoy Napili Beach and Maui Ocean Center. Visiting Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, take a stroll through Lahaina Front Street, make a trip to Lahaina Banyan Court, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Lahaina travel planning tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Sedona to Lahaina takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sedona to Lahaina is minus 3 hours. In January, Lahaina is warmer than Sedona - with highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Kihei, Maui Ocean Center
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Zipline

4
nights
Honolulu, Oahu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Bring the kids along to Makapuu Lighthouse Trail and USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park. Let the collections at Iolani Palace and USS Arizona Memorial capture your imagination. The adventure continues: step aboard Battleship Missouri Memorial, go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument, stroll the grounds of National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Honolulu day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lahaina to Honolulu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In January, daytime highs in Honolulu are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. You will leave for home on the 16th (Sat).

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Battleship Missouri Memorial ©
Battleship Missouri Memorial
Scuba & Snorkeling
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail ©
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail

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