24 days in United States Itinerary

24 days in United States Itinerary

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24 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Bus:  29​h
1
New York City
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  4​h 15​min
3
Niagara Falls
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  7​h 30​min
4
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
7
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Sydney

5
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.
Go for a jaunt from New York City to Bronx to see Bronx Zoo about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Central Park, take some stellar pictures from Top of the Rock Observation Deck, admire the landmark architecture of Empire State Building, and make a trip to 9/11 Memorial.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the New York City itinerary builder.

Sydney, Australia to New York City is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -15 hour 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Bronx Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©

2
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 5th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Washington Monument, learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, then appreciate the history behind Jefferson Memorial, and finally ponder the world of politics at The White House. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Tidal Basin, examine the collection at Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Library of Congress, then get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and finally pause for some photo ops at National World War II Memorial.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Washington DC itinerary builder.

Do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Washington DC are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
Tidal Basin ©
Tidal Basin

2
nights
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquarium of Niagara and then contemplate the waterfront views at Niagara Falls. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of the Winds, then admire the majestic nature at Whirlpool State Park, and finally examine the collection at Niagara Science Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Niagara Falls trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Washington DC to Niagara Falls in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Washington DC in July: high temperatures in Niagara Falls hover around 32°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds
Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls

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.
On the 9th (Sun), see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, explore the striking landscape of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, and then take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas. On the next day, admire the engineering at Hoover Dam, shop like a local with The Strip, then take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and finally ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, read Las Vegas trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Niagara Falls to Las Vegas in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Niagara Falls to Las Vegas, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Niagara Falls in July, you will find days in Las Vegas are warmer (46°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (32°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Hoover Dam
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of San Francisco to go to Napa and see Wine Tours & Tastings, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island, make a trip to Lombard Street, take a memorable ride with Cable Cars, and explore the engaging exhibits at The Exploratorium.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, San Francisco is cooler than Las Vegas - with highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

1
night
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 14th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, then explore the striking landscape of Bridalveil Fall, and then explore the activities along Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park custom trip planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail ©
Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail

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.
On the 15th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond and then get in on the family fun at SeaWorld San Diego. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo and then have fun at Balboa Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Diego itinerary builder.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Diego by combination of taxi, bus, and flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect slightly colder days and warmer nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Anaheim (Disney California Adventure Park, Disneyland Park, & more). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and explore the fascinating underground world of Bronson Caves.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in July: highs in Los Angeles hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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