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:  17​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
2
Washington DC
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Philadelphia
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
New York City
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  11​h 15​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Sydney

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks for their historical value. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Castello di Amorosa and Bodega Dunes. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Goat Rock Beach in Jenner, about 1h 40 min away. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers, take a tour of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Pacific Standard Time is minus 18 hours. Traveling from Sydney in June, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Bodega Dunes, Goat Rock Beach, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

4
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.
Visit Betterton Beach and Ferry Park for some beach relaxation. Explore hidden gems such as Gettysburg National Military Park and Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center. Change things up with these side-trips from Washington DC: Gettysburg National Cemetery (in Gettysburg) and Historical Society of Kent County (in Chestertown). Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Arlington National Cemetery, appreciate the history behind National World War II Memorial, see the interesting displays at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of National Mall.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Washington DC trip planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Washington DC by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Washington DC is 3 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in June, expect Washington DC to be somewhat warmer, temps between 35°C and 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gettysburg, Betterton Beach, Arlington National Cemetery, Historical Society of Kent County, Ferry Park
Highlights from your plan

4
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Get some historical perspective at Cape May Lighthouse and Independence Hall. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cape May City Beaches and Stone Harbor Point. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Philadelphia: Ventnor City Beach (in Ventnor City), Turdo Vineyards & Winery (in Lower Township) and Wildwood (Original Old Time Photo & Wildwood Beach). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Higbee Beach.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Philadelphia itinerary planning site .

You can take a train from Washington DC to Philadelphia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to take a train to New York City.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lower Township, Cape May, Wildwood, Ventnor City Beach, Stone Harbor Point
Highlights from your plan
Cape May Lighthouse ©
Cape May Lighthouse
Cape May City Beaches ©
Cape May City Beaches
Wildwood Beach ©
Wildwood Beach

3
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate 9/11 Memorial and St. Patrick's Cathedral. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and New York Public Library will appeal to museum buffs. There's still lots to do: go for a walk through Central Park, wander the streets of Times Square, make a trip to Empire State Building, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Paul's Chapel.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the New York City road trip planning website .

You can take a train from Philadelphia to New York City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in New York City, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
New York Public Library ©
New York Public Library

5
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Bodie State Historic Park and Mono Basin Historical Society. Discover out-of-the-way places like Glacier Point and Bridalveil Fall. Change things up with a short trip to June Lake Brewing in June Lake (about 50 minutes away). There's lots more to do: get great views at Tunnel View, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Bodie, and trek along Panorama Trail.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and car from New York City to Yosemite National Park takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to Yosemite National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in July, Yosemite National Park is colder at night with lows of 9°C. You'll set off for home on the 11th (Thu).

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bodie State Historic Park, June Lake Brewing, Mono Basin Historical Society
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

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