21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

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21 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  21​h 15​min
1
Seattle
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Portland
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h
3
Sacramento
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

1
night
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, then stroll through Kerry Park, and then wander the streets of Pioneer Square. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Alki Beach, then explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, then explore and take pictures at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, and finally shop like a local with Pike Place Market.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Seattle trip itinerary builder site .

Melbourne, Australia to Seattle is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Melbourne to Seattle. When traveling from Melbourne in October, plan for slightly colder days in Seattle, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Portland.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Alki Beach ©
Alki Beach
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks ©
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

2
nights
Portland

Portland ©
A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at International Rose Test Garden, hunt for treasures at Milwaukie Farmers Market, then take in the dramatic scenery at Multnomah Falls, and finally stop by Powell's City of Books. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Pittock Mansion and then admire the natural beauty at Portland Japanese Garden.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Portland holiday maker .

You can fly from Seattle to Portland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Portland sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. On the 7th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sacramento.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Multnomah Falls, Milwaukie Farmers Market
Highlights from your plan
Multnomah Falls ©
Multnomah Falls
Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books
Milwaukie Farmers Market ©
Milwaukie Farmers Market

2
nights
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
On the 8th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Cosumnes River Preserve and then grab your bike and head to Lodi Lake Park. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Effie Yeaw Nature Center and then stop by Westfield Galleria at Roseville.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Sacramento online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Portland to Sacramento takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, subway, and train; or drive. While traveling from Portland, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Sacramento, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Sacramento

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Lodi Lake Park, Cosumnes River Preserve, Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Westfield Galleria at Roseville
Highlights from your plan
Effie Yeaw Nature Center ©
Effie Yeaw Nature Center
Cosumnes River Preserve ©
Cosumnes River Preserve
Lodi Lake Park ©
Lodi Lake Park

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Limantour Beach and then immerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at China Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Marshall’s Beach, and then browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Sacramento to San Francisco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Sacramento in October, you will find days in San Francisco are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Limantour Beach, Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Limantour Beach ©
Limantour Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): hike along Four Mile Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Lembert Dome and then trek along Tuolumne Meadows.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. While traveling from San Francisco, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Running Horse Ranch and Canine Creek Dog Wash & Pet Boutique. Kids will enjoy Disneyland Park and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Tehachapi Mountain Park (in Tehachapi) and Camarillo Premium Outlets (in Camarillo). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Santa Monica Pier and get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Theme Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Tehachapi, Santa Monica Pier, Running Horse Ranch, Disneyland Park, Camarillo Premium Outlets
Highlights from your plan
Running Horse Ranch ©
Running Horse Ranch
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Camarillo Premium Outlets ©
Camarillo Premium Outlets

3
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 18th (Fri): look for gifts at Las Vegas North Premium Outlets, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Strip, and then don't miss a visit to Bellagio Fountains. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Calico Hills and then explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas attractions planning tool .

Fly from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 18°C. You'll set off for San Diego on the 20th (Sun).

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Las Vegas North Premium Outlets ©
Las Vegas North Premium Outlets

2
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): visit a coastal fixture at Old Point Loma Lighthouse and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then get a taste of the local shopping with Seaport Village.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the San Diego trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Las Vegas to San Diego by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in San Diego are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Point Loma ©
Point Loma
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery

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