26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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26 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
2
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
3
Custer
— 1 day
taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Dallas
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Orlando
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
New York City
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Buffalo
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
8
Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
9
Nashville
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
10
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Brisbane

2
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.
Attractions like USS Arizona Memorial and Kailua Beach Park make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honolulu: Haleiwa (Waimea Bay & Sunset Beach Park). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Waikiki Beach, see the interesting displays at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, and explore the activities along Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Honolulu trip planner .

Brisbane, Australia to Honolulu is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 20 hours traveling from Brisbane to Honolulu. While traveling from Brisbane, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Honolulu, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kailua Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial

2
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. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco holiday site .

Getting from Honolulu to San Francisco by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Hawaii Standard Time (HST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Honolulu in September; daily highs in San Francisco reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Custer.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Childrens Museums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences

1
day
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): cruise along Wildlife Loop Road, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Custer trip itinerary site .

Do a combination of subway, flight, and taxi from San Francisco to Custer in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Custer is 1 hour. Traveling from San Francisco in September, things will get little chillier in Custer: highs are around 25°C and lows about 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Dallas.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake
Wildlife Loop Road ©
Wildlife Loop Road

1
day
Dallas

Dallas ©
One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): get in on the family fun at Six Flags Over Texas.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Dallas online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Custer to Dallas in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Custer to Dallas, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Custer in September: high temperatures in Dallas hover around 39°C and lows are around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Dallas

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Six Flags Over Texas
Highlights from your plan
Six Flags Over Texas ©
Six Flags Over Texas

2
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.
Attractions like Walt Disney World Resort and Universal's Islands of Adventure make great kid-friendly stops. Have a day of magic on the 7th (Mon) at Magic Kingdom Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Orlando driving holiday website .

Traveling by flight from Dallas to Orlando takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dallas to Orlando due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in September, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Magic Kingdom Park ©
Magic Kingdom Park
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure

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.
Attractions like Central Park and American Museum of Natural History make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial, snap pictures at Brooklyn Bridge, and make a trip to Statue of Liberty National Monument.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our New York City journey builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Orlando to New York City in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Orlando in September, expect New York City to be little chillier, temps between 31°C and 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Buffalo.

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 ©

1
night
Buffalo

Buffalo ©
The most populous city in the state after New York, Buffalo serves as the gateway to Niagara Falls and Canada for many travelers.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex and then Head underground at Cave of the Winds.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Buffalo trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to Buffalo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from New York City in September, expect Buffalo to be a bit cooler, temps between 27°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Buffalo

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cave of the Winds
Highlights from your plan
Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Bring the kids along to Museum of Science and Industry and Wrigley Field. Change things up with a short trip to Bengtson's Pumpkin Farm in Homer Glen (about 42 minutes away). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Shedd Aquarium, appreciate the extensive heritage of Millennium Park, and make a trip to Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Chicago holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Buffalo to Chicago takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Buffalo to Chicago is minus 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Buffalo in September since evenings lows in Chicago dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Bengtson's Pumpkin Fest
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln Park Zoo ©
Lincoln Park Zoo
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Shedd Aquarium ©
Shedd Aquarium

1
night
Nashville

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Lotz House Museum, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Nashville day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Nashville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chicago in September, expect nights in Nashville to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Nashville

Tours Fun & Games Museums

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Room Escape Games

5
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.
Kids will enjoy Disneyland Park and Universal Studios Hollywood. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disney California Adventure Park & Downtown Disney). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles online trip builder .

Fly from Nashville to Los Angeles in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Nashville to Los Angeles is minus 2 hours. In September in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

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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