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
— 3 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
— 4 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

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.
On the 29th (Thu), make a trip to 9/11 Memorial, then enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, and then make a trip to Central Park. On your second day here, appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument, browse the exhibits of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and then go for a walk through The High Line.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read New York City trip itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to New York City is an approximately 29-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to New York City, you'll gain 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in June, with highs in New York City at 31°C and lows at 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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 1st (Sat): appreciate the history behind Washington Monument, learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, then examine the collection at Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and finally ponder the world of politics at The White House. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Jefferson Memorial, take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind National World War II Memorial, appreciate the history behind Lincoln Memorial, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Tidal Basin.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Washington DC travel planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from New York City to Washington DC takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. July in Washington DC sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough 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.
On the 3rd (Mon), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquarium of Niagara and then contemplate the waterfront views at Niagara Falls. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, then Head underground at Cave of the Winds, then immerse yourself in nature at Whirlpool State Park, and finally see the interesting displays at Niagara Science Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Niagara Falls itinerary builder.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Washington DC to Niagara Falls in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. 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 your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) 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

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Las Vegas: Valley of Fire State Park (in Overton) and Hoover Dam (in Boulder City). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, have fun at Gun Garage, examine the collection at The Mob Museum, and try your luck at The Venetian.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Niagara Falls to Las Vegas takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. When traveling from Niagara Falls in July, plan for much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 46°C by day to 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Fun & Games Nature

Side Trips

Hoover Dam, Valley of Fire State Park
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Wine Tours & Tastings in Napa, about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Alcatraz Island, enjoy some diversion at RocketBoat, make a trip to Lombard Street, and admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Las Vegas in July: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 26°C and lows are around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive 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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bridalveil Fall, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park vacation builder.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are slightly colder (8°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

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 13th (Thu): find something for the whole family at SeaWorld San Diego and then admire all the interesting features of Petco Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo and then let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Diego tour planner.

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. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect nights in San Diego to be warmer, around 22°C, while days are slightly colder, around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car 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.
Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, & more). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and explore the fascinating underground world of Bronson Caves.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles travel itinerary planner.

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Diego in July, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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