25 days in United States Itinerary

25 days in United States Itinerary

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25 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly + bus:  28​h
1
New York City
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
3
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
5
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Perth

4
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Central Park and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, get great views at Top of the Rock, admire the striking features of Rockefeller Center, and go for a walk through The High Line.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the New York City road trip planner .

Perth, Australia to New York City is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 13 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Perth in December: high temperatures in New York City hover around 10°C and lows are around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks 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 3rd (Fri): get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, and then get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, then appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, then pause for some photo ops at Lincoln Memorial, and finally meet the residents at National Zoological Park.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Washington DC online trip itinerary planner .

Fly from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January in Washington DC, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Zoological Park ©
National Zoological Park

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will enjoy Exploratorium and Japanese Tea Garden. Change things up with a short trip to Wine Tours & Tastings in Napa (about 1h 10 min away). There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, walk around Crissy Field, steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, and engage your brain at The Gregangelo Museum.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online itinerary planner .

Getting from Washington DC to San Francisco by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to San Francisco. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in January; daily highs in San Francisco reach 17°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trip

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

4
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.
Attractions like Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area make great kid-friendly stops. Spend the 12th (Sun) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, cruise along Tioga Pass, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in January, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit cooler (7°C), and nights are colder (-12°C). On the 13th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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 14th (Tue), take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then enjoy breathtaking views from High Roller, then admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and finally ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at The Mob Museum, then get your game on at The Roller Coaster, and then don't miss a visit to The Strip.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Yosemite National Park to Las Vegas takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 17°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Roller Coaster ©
The Roller Coaster

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.
Bring the kids along to Disneyland Park and Griffith Observatory. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Disney California Adventure Park, which is approximately 38 minutes away. Pack the 18th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Las Vegas to Los Angeles by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. In January, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer than Las Vegas - with highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
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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