23 days in United States Itinerary

23 days in United States Itinerary

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23 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + bus:  25​h
1
New York City
— 6 nights
train:  4​h
2
Washington DC
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + taxi:  14​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
San Luis Obispo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Sydney

6
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.
Visiting Ponquogue Beach and Belmar Beach will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate 9/11 Memorial and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around New York City: Bronx Zoo (in Bronx), Fire Island National Seashore (in Patchogue) and Gateway National Recreation (in Sandy Hook). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument, take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, and admire the landmark architecture of Empire State Building.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our New York City trip maker site .

Sydney, Australia to New York City is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 15 hours traveling from Sydney to New York City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in June, things will get somewhat warmer in New York City: highs are around 31°C and lows about 21°C. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bronx Zoo, Ponquogue Beach, Fire Island National Seashore, Belmar Beach, Gateway National Recreation
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Ellis Island ©
Ellis Island

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Tomb of the Unknowns and then explore the activities along Tidal Basin.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Washington DC trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from New York City to Washington DC by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. July in Washington DC sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 27°C at night. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Francisco.

Things to do in Washington DC

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Highlights from your plan
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
National Zoological Park ©
National Zoological Park
Tidal Basin ©
Tidal Basin

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows. Go for a jaunt from Yosemite National Park to Bridgeport to see Bodie State Historic Park about 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, make a trip to Olmsted Point, contemplate the waterfront views at Tenaya Lake, and admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass.

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You can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi from Washington DC to Yosemite National Park in 15 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Washington DC in July: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alcatraz Island and California Academy of Sciences. Step out of the city life by going to Fort Funston National Park and China Beach. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach), Bodega Head (in Bodega Bay) and Sonoma Coast State Beach (in Sonoma). Enjoy San Francisco some more: enjoy the sand and surf at Baker Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Limantour Beach, have fun and explore at Exploratorium, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco travel route planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Point Isabel, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Limantour Beach, San Gregorio State Beach, Sonoma Coast State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

1
night
San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo ©
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Monarch Butterfly Grove, take in the history at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, then enjoy the sand and surf at Morro Strand State Beach, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Luis Obispo tour itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to San Luis Obispo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in San Luis Obispo are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Morro Bay, Monarch Butterfly Grove
Highlights from your plan
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock
Morro Strand State Beach ©
Morro Strand State Beach
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa ©
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa

2
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Griffith Observatory and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Attractions like Disneyland Park and Santa Monica Bay make great kid-friendly stops. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, about 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and engage your brain at California Science Center.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from San Luis Obispo in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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