26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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26 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  9​h
6
New York City
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
New Orleans
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
9
South Padre Island
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 30​min
10
Port Aransas
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Auckland


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2
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach. For shopping fun, head to Amoeba Music or Camarillo Premium Outlets. The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Getty Center, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and make a trip to Santa Monica Pier.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Los Angeles visit planner .

Auckland, New Zealand to Los Angeles is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 20 hours. Traveling from Auckland in September, expect nights in Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, around 22°C, while days are much hotter, around 34°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Camarillo Premium Outlets
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

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 4th (Fri), see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, then get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, and then admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and then explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Las Vegas travel planner .

Getting from Los Angeles to Las Vegas by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

2
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at South Kaibab Trail and Lookout Studio. Get outdoors at Rim Trail and Grand Canyon South Rim. On the 7th (Mon), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point and examine the collection at Kolb Studio.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park trip planner .

Do a combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in September, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be cooler, around 7°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to San Francisco.

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
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 9th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, then explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium, and then explore and take pictures at Alcatraz Island. Here are some ideas for day two: cast your line with a fishing tour, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and then wander the streets of Union Square.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Francisco road trip tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to San Francisco in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to San Francisco is minus 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Cable Car Museum ©
Cable Car Museum

2
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Step out of the city life by going to Yellowstone National Park and Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Discover out-of-the-way places like Grand Prismatic Spring and S Rim Trail. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Artist Point, witness a stunning natural landmark at Midway Geyser Basin, and take in the dramatic natural features at Biscuit Basin.

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Do a combination of flight and car from San Francisco to Yellowstone National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and car; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco to Yellowstone National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Francisco in September: highs in Yellowstone National Park hover around 18°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Yellowstone National Park ©
Yellowstone National Park
Artist Point ©
Artist Point

2
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Bay Head Beach and Orange County Arboretum. Get outdoors at Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge and Holtsville Ecology Site. Step out of New York City with an excursion to Cattus Island County Park in Toms River--about 1h 25 min away. It doesn't end there: stroll through Black Rock Forest Consortium and hunt for treasures at Chelsea Market.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the New York City trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of car, flight, and bus from Yellowstone National Park to New York City in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park to New York City, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Yellowstone National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in New York City, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, Orange County Arboretum, Bay Head Beach, Cattus Island County Park, Black Rock Forest Consortium
Highlights from your plan
Black Rock Forest Consortium ©
Black Rock Forest Consortium
Bay Head Beach ©
Bay Head Beach
Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge ©
Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and Antietam National Battlefield. Museum-lovers will appreciate National Air and Space Museum and National Gallery of Art. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Old Town.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Washington DC trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from New York City to Washington DC by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Washington DC are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Antietam National Battlefield, Old Town
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
Antietam National Battlefield ©
Antietam National Battlefield
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park ©

3
nights
New Orleans

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Garden District and Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Royal Street and Frenchmen Street are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral, stop by Faulkner House Books, appreciate the extensive heritage of French Quarter, and brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our New Orleans trip app .

Fly from Washington DC to New Orleans in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in New Orleans, with lows of 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in New Orleans

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Garden District ©
Garden District
Royal Street ©
Royal Street

1
day
South Padre Island

South Padre Island ©
A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): stop by Paragraphs on Padre Boulevard, then look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle, Inc., then appreciate the extensive heritage of Laguna Madre Nature Trail, and finally get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the South Padre Island travel route planning app .

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to South Padre Island takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In September in South Padre Island, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Port Aransas.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sea Turtle, Inc. ©
Sea Turtle, Inc.
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Laguna Madre Nature Trail ©
Laguna Madre Nature Trail

1
night
Port Aransas

Port Aransas ©
Port Aransas is a city in Nueces County, Texas. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then take an in-depth tour of Port Aransas Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Port Aransas Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Port Aransas tour builder site .

Drive from South Padre Island to Port Aransas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Port Aransas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Aransas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Port Aransas Beach ©
Port Aransas Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Port Aransas Museum ©
Port Aransas Museum

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