26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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26 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  18​h
1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h
2
New York City
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Chicago
— Few hours
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  12​h 15​min
6
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
Poipu, Kauai
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
8
Kihei, Maui
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
9
Honolulu, Oahu
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Sydney


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1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): see the interesting displays at Getty Center The Publications, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and finally explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Los Angeles route planner.

Sydney, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Los Angeles, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Sydney in May since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©

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.
Get some cultural insight at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Fifth Avenue. Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Central Park, take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History, and admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Modern Art.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your New York City trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Los Angeles to New York City takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Los Angeles to New York City. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in May: highs in New York City hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Times Square ©
Times Square
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial

few
hours
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Chicago day trip website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to Chicago in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Chicago is minus 1 hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks
Highlights from your plan
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park

3
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.
Get outdoors at Valley of Fire State Park and Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. There's lots more to do: ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains, enjoy breathtaking views from Stratosphere Tower, examine the collection at The Mob Museum, and try to win big at Wynn Las Vegas.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Las Vegas day trip planner .

Fly from Chicago to Las Vegas in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Las Vegas is minus 2 hours. In May, Las Vegas is a bit warmer than Chicago - with highs of 36°C and lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Valley of Fire State Park
Highlights from your plan
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

3
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): trek along South Kaibab Trail, then stop by Canyon Village Marketplace, and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio and then hike along Rim Trail.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park attractions planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park. Traveling from Las Vegas in May, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are much colder (0°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim

2
nights
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

Kailua-Kona ©
Thanks to its favorable location near a mountain range blocking the northeasterly trade winds, Kailua-Kona gets little rainfall, allowing adventure seekers and nature lovers a chance to enjoy over 300 days of sunshine each year.
On the 14th (Thu), look for gifts at Original Donkey Balls Factory and Store., then relax in the rural setting at Kona Coffee Living History Farm, then stroll through Kahaluu Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at White Sand Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona planning tool .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Kailua-Kona by combination of bus and flight takes about 12.5 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, you will find days in Kailua-Kona are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are warmer (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Poipu.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

The Original Donkey Ball Store, Kona Coffee Living History Farm, Kahaluu Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kahaluu Beach ©
Kahaluu Beach
Kona Coffee Living History Farm ©
Kona Coffee Living History Farm
The Original Donkey Ball Store ©
The Original Donkey Ball Store

3
nights
Poipu, Kauai

Poipu ©
Poipū is a census-designated place in Kauai County on the southern side of the island of Kauai in the U.S. Explore hidden gems such as Poipu Beach Park and Lawa'i Beach. Waioli Huiia Church and Ninini Point Lighthouse are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Poipu's surroundings by going to Hanalei Beach (in Hanalei) and Kapaia Stitchery (in Lihue). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Makawehi Bluff, look for gifts at Hawaiian Trading Post, and enjoy the sand and surf at Baby Beach Poipu.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Poipu trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kailua-Kona to Poipu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Poipu

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Koloa, Hanalei, Lihue, Hawaiian Trading Post
Highlights from your plan
Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park
Hanalei Beach ©
Hanalei Beach
Baby Beach ©
Baby Beach

4
nights
Kihei, Maui

Kihei ©
Stretching over 9.7 km (6 mi) of pristine south Maui coastline, Kihei is the island's driest and sunniest region, making it a perfect location for water activities and beach leisure.
Get outdoors at Ka'anapali Beach and Makena Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Ulua Beach and Ho'okipa Beach Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kihei: Lahaina (Lahaina Banyan Court & River Rafting & Tubing) and Kapalua Beach (in Kapalua). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Keawakapu Beach, kick back and relax at Kamaole Beach Park II, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kihei travel itinerary planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Poipu to Kihei in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in May, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time for travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Kihei

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Wailea, Lahaina, Ho'okipa Beach Park, Kapalua Beach
Highlights from your plan
Ho'okipa Beach Park ©
Ho'okipa Beach Park
Kamaole Beach Park II ©
Kamaole Beach Park II
Kapalua Beach ©
Kapalua Beach

3
nights
Honolulu, Oahu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
On the 22nd (Fri), admire the majestic nature at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Kapiolani Regional Park and then kick back and relax at Waikiki Beach.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Honolulu driving holiday website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kihei to Honolulu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. In May, daily temperatures in Honolulu can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Byodo-In Temple
Highlights from your plan
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail ©
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail
Koko Crater Railway Trail ©
Koko Crater Railway Trail
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach

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