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
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h
2
Hilton Head
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Savannah
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Charlottesville
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Hatteras Island
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  8​h 30​min
6
Key West
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h
7
Salt Lake City
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h
8
Portland
— 4 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Brisbane

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach, and then look for gifts at Bergamot Station. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at El Pueblo de Los Angeles, then take in a show at Melrose Trading Post, and then stop by Amoeba Music.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planning tool .

Brisbane, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and tram. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -18 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Hilton Head.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Bergamot Station
Highlights from your plan
Melrose Trading Post ©
Melrose Trading Post
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
El Pueblo de Los Angeles ©
El Pueblo de Los Angeles

2
nights
Hilton Head

Hilton Head ©
A Hilton Head vacation may be heaven for a golfer, but the area also offers all kinds of other options for sports fans.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Spas & Wellness and Wine & Cheese, If You Please?. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Chocolate Canopy and Mingles. And it doesn't end there: stop by The Oilerie Hilton Head Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Singleton Beach, stroll through Hilton Head Island Beach, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hilton Head trip maker website .

Getting from Los Angeles to Hilton Head by combination of flight and taxi takes about 9 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Hilton Head due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Savannah.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Coligny Beach ©
Coligny Beach
Driessen Beach Park ©
Driessen Beach Park
Burkes Beach ©
Burkes Beach

3
nights
Savannah

Savannah ©
Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
Explore hidden gems such as Fort Pulaski National Monument and Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like City Market and Midway Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Tybee Island Beach (in Tybee Island) and Watermelon Creek Vineyard (in Glennville). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Historic Savannah Theatre, make a trip to River Street Savannah, stroll through Forsyth Park, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Bonaventure Cemetery.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Savannah travel tool .

Drive from Hilton Head to Savannah in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Savannah

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Tybee Island, Watermelon Creek Vineyard
Highlights from your plan
Bonaventure Cemetery ©
Bonaventure Cemetery
Fort Pulaski National Monument ©
Fort Pulaski National Monument
Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum
Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum

3
nights
Charlottesville

Charlottesville ©
Situated at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville is perhaps best known as the home of three of the United States' founding fathers, including Thomas Jefferson.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like James Madison's Montpelier and Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. For shopping fun, head to SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts or Harper's Statuary and Water Gardens. Explore Charlottesville's surroundings by going to Cherish Every Moment (in Staunton), Barren Ridge Vineyards (in Fishersville) and Skyline Drive (in Shenandoah National Park). The adventure continues: do a tasting at King Family Vineyards.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Charlottesville trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Savannah to Charlottesville takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Savannah in October, with highs in Charlottesville at 25°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Shopping Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Skyline Drive, Barren Ridge Vineyards, Harper's Statuary and Water Gardens, James Madison's Montpelier, Cherish Every Moment
Highlights from your plan
James Madison's Montpelier ©
James Madison's Montpelier
King Family Vineyards ©
King Family Vineyards
Barren Ridge Vineyards ©
Barren Ridge Vineyards

1
night
Hatteras Island

Hatteras Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, enjoy the sand and surf at Salvo Beach, and then take in the exciting artwork at Pea Island Art Gallery, Salvo, NC. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Kinnakeet Clay Studio & Showroom, stop by Scotch Bonnet, then enjoy the sand and surf at Frisco Beach, then stop by Lee Robinson's General Store, and finally look for gifts at Harbor House Seafood Market.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Hatteras Island trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Charlottesville to Hatteras Island takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Charlottesville in October, Hatteras Island is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse ©
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Harbor House Seafood Market ©
Harbor House Seafood Market
Lee Robinson's General Store ©
Lee Robinson's General Store

1
night
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 19th (Fri): look for gifts at Peppers of Key West, stop by De La Gallery, look for gifts at Uva Wine Shop & Bar, then stop by Key West Local Luxe, then explore the galleries of Truman Little White House, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Zachary Taylor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): take a memorable drive along The Overseas Highway and then immerse yourself in nature at Bahia Honda State Park.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Key West holiday planning tool .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Hatteras Island to Key West in 8.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Hatteras Island in October, expect Key West to be a bit warmer, temps between 35°C and 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trip

Bahia Honda State Park
Highlights from your plan
Fort Zachary Taylor ©
Fort Zachary Taylor
Peppers of Key West ©
Peppers of Key West
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park

1
day
Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City ©
Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): don't miss a visit to Temple Square.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Salt Lake City tour builder tool .

Fly from Key West to Salt Lake City in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Key West to Salt Lake City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Key West in October, expect nights in Salt Lake City to be cooler, around 9°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Portland.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Temple Square ©
Temple Square

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cannon Beach and Bronze Coast Gallery. Head to Meadowrock Alpacas Farm & Annex and Wheeler Station Antiquesfor some retail therapy. Explore Portland's surroundings by going to Haystack Rock (in Cannon Beach) and Indian Creek Golf Course (in Hood River). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Powell's City of Books.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Portland trip planner .

Fly from Salt Lake City to Portland in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Salt Lake City to Portland. In October, daily temperatures in Portland can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. On the 25th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Portland

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cannon Beach, Wheeler Station Antiques, Indian Creek Golf Course
Highlights from your plan
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books

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