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 + bus:  25​h
1
New York City
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Orlando
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Miami
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
4
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Sydney

7
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 get in some beach time at Fire Island National Seashore and Ponquogue Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Bayard Cutting Arboretum and Bushkill Falls. Venture out of the city with trips to High Point State Park (in Sussex), Laurel Lake Vineyards (in Laurel) and Franklin Hill Vineyards (in Nazareth). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Central Park, appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial, go for a charming ride with a horse-drawn carriage tour, and take a stroll through Times Square.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our New York City attractions planner.

Sydney, Australia to New York City is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 15 hours traveling from Sydney to New York City. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect New York City to be much colder, temps between 11°C and 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Orlando.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Ponquogue Beach, Laurel Lake Vineyard, Franklin Hill Vineyards, Bushkill Falls
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Times Square ©
Times Square
Bushkill Falls ©
Bushkill Falls

4
nights
Orlando

Orlando ©
For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
Explore hidden gems such as Beach at Daytona Beach and Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets. Do some cultural sightseeing at Stetson Mansion and International Drive. Venture out of the city with trips to Cocoa Beach (Secrets of Cocoa Beach, Ron Jon Surf Shop, & more). There's still lots to do: make an unforgettable trip to World of Disney, laugh and play at Happily Ever After Fireworks, look for gifts at The LEGO Store, and browse the different shops at The Florida Mall.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Orlando online visit planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to Orlando in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, Orlando is warmer than New York City - with highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Miami.

Things to do in Orlando

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Cocoa Beach, Beach at Daytona Beach, Stetson Mansion
Highlights from your plan
Stetson Mansion ©
Stetson Mansion
Beach at Daytona Beach ©
Beach at Daytona Beach
Cocoa Beach ©
Cocoa Beach

2
nights
Miami

Miami ©
Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Art Deco Tours, then buy something for everyone on your list at Lincoln Road, then enjoy the sand and surf at South Beach, and finally take a stroll through Art Deco Historic District. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Haulover Beach Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Las Olas Beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Miami road trip app .

Getting from Orlando to Miami by combination of flight and tram takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Orlando in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 23°C in Miami. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Miami

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Miami Beach, Las Olas Beach, Haulover Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Las Olas Beach ©
Las Olas Beach
Haulover Beach Park ©
Haulover Beach Park
Art Deco Historic District ©
Art Deco Historic District

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Strip and Las Vegas Downtown. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Valley of Fire State Park and The Neon Museum. Next up on the itinerary: take in a show at Bellagio Fountains, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, and take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Las Vegas route tool .

Do a combination of tram and flight from Miami to Las Vegas in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Miami to Las Vegas, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Las Vegas is much colder than Miami - with highs of 15°C and lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Valley of Fire State Park
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park

3
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Crystal Cove. For shopping fun, head to The Grove or Hollywood & Highland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Mission San Juan Capistrano (in San Juan Capistrano) and Camarillo Premium Outlets (in Camarillo). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Getty Center The Publications, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and shop like a local with Third Street Promenade.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles route planner .

Getting from Las Vegas to Los Angeles by combination of flight and train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Las Vegas in January, things will get a bit warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 24°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Camarillo Premium Outlets, Crystal Cove, Mission San Juan Capistrano
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Explore hidden gems such as Castello di Amorosa and Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and Bean Hollow State Beach. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Bodega Head in Bodega Bay, about 1h 25 min away. There's more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square and browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip website .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles in January, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit cooler (17°C), and nights are about the same (8°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Castello di Amorosa, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Bodega Head, Bean Hollow State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Union Square ©
Union Square

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