25 days in United States Itinerary

25 days in United States Itinerary

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25 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + bus:  26​h
1
New York City
— 8 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Chicago
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Denver
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Sydney

8
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.
Get some cultural insight at Times Square and Washington Square Park. Let the collections at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Frick Collection capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from New York City: Lucas candies (in Haverstraw), Woodbury Common Premium Outlets (in Central Valley) and Philadelphia (Eastern State Penitentiary, Independence National Historical Park, & more). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Greenwich Village, get a taste of the local shopping with SoHo, take an in-depth tour of Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, and examine the collection at New York Public Library.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our New York City day trip app .

Sydney, Australia to New York City is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 15 hours. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect New York City to be cooler, temps between 10°C and 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, Lucas candies, Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
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6
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Visiting Starved Rock State Park and Lakefront Trail will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Magnificent Mile and Historic Third Ward. Venture out of the city with trips to Volo Auto Museum (in Volo), Cantigny Park (in Wheaton) and Milwaukee Art Museum (in Milwaukee). There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of Chicago Cultural Center, stroll around Millennium Park, browse the different shops at Water Tower Place, and admire the masterpieces at Richard H. Driehaus Museum.

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Traveling by combination of bus and flight from New York City to Chicago takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Chicago due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from New York City in December; daily highs in Chicago reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Pontiac, Milwaukee, Cantigny Park, Volo Auto Museum, Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park
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Chicago Cultural Center ©
Chicago Cultural Center
Milwaukee Art Museum ©
Milwaukee Art Museum
Starved Rock State Park ©
Starved Rock State Park

4
nights
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Step off the beaten path and head to Denver Botanic Gardens and Swetsville Zoo. American Museum of Western Art and Clyfford Still Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Denver, make a side trip to see Roxborough State Park in Littleton, approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, sample the fine beverages at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour, take an in-depth tour of Golden History Museum & Park, and look for gifts at Twist and Shout.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver visit planning site .

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Denver takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Chicago to Denver, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Denver, with lows around -8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Swetsville Zoo, Golden History Museum & Park, Roxborough State Park
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Swetsville Zoo ©
Swetsville Zoo

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Getty Center and Palm Springs Art Museum. Let the collections at Mission San Juan Capistrano and Madame Tussauds Hollywood capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: South Carlsbad State Beach (in Carlsbad), South Coast Plaza (in Costa Mesa) and Old Town Temecula (in Temecula). There's much more to do: watch a film at California Science Center, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park.

To find reviews and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planning site .

You can fly from Denver to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Denver to Los Angeles is minus 1 hour. In December, Los Angeles is much warmer than Denver - with highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trips

South Coast Plaza, South Carlsbad State Beach, Palm Springs Art Museum, Mission San Juan Capistrano, Old Town Temecula
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Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum

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