26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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26 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
2
Anaheim
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Austin
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
San Antonio
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Dallas
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
6
New York City
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  26​h
End: Melbourne

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like The Getty Center and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Visit El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Santa Monica Pier for their historical value. Pack the 23rd (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Topanga State Park, get a taste of the local shopping with Hammer Museum, head outdoors with Self Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine Temple, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Temescal Gateway Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip builder app .

Melbourne, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Los Angeles is minus 18 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in September, with highs in Los Angeles at 34°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Anaheim.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Theme Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

4
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Kids will enjoy Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Oak Canyon Nature Center. Do your shopping at The Disney Gallery and The Lego Store. Have a day of magic on the 27th (Fri) at Disneyland Park. Have a day of magic on the 28th (Sat) at Disney California Adventure Park. There's more to do: discover the magic at Downtown Disney.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Anaheim trip planner .

Anaheim is just a short distance from Los Angeles. September in Anaheim sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Austin.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

3
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Bullock Texas State History Museum and Texas Memorial Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Bring the kids along to Barton Springs Pool and Central Market. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Austin, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and admire the masterpieces at The Blanton Museum of Art.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Austin road trip app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Anaheim to Austin takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Anaheim to Austin is 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Austin

Outdoors Parks Adventure
Highlights from your plan
The Escape Game Austin ©
The Escape Game Austin
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail ©
Bullock Texas State History Museum ©

4
nights
San Antonio

San Antonio ©
As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Alamo and National Museum of the Pacific War. Family-friendly places like Natural Bridge Caverns and Mission San Jose will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Fredericksburg (Fischer & Wieser's Das Peach Haus & St. Mary's Catholic Church). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at The San Antonio River Walk, browse the different shops at Shops at Rivercenter, shop like a local with Blue Star Contemporary, and take a stroll around Tower of the Americas.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read San Antonio trip planner.

Drive from Austin to San Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in San Antonio can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Dallas.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Fredericksburg
Highlights from your plan
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
Mission San Jose ©
Mission San Jose

1
night
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 8th (Tue): see the interesting displays at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, then head outdoors with Texas Greenbelt Trinity River Trail, and then steep yourself in history at Top O'Hill Terrace.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Dallas route planner.

You can fly from San Antonio to Dallas in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Antonio in October, you will find days in Dallas are little chillier (32°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Top O'Hill Terrace, Texas Greenbelt Trinity River Trail
Highlights from your plan
Top O'Hill Terrace ©
Top O'Hill Terrace

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tribeca Sailing and Bronx Zoo. Head to Fifth Avenue and Tiles For Americafor some retail therapy. And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through Central Park, learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History, choose your vessel at Narwhal Yacht Charters, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our New York City trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Dallas to New York City by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dallas to New York City. In October, New York City is slightly colder than Dallas - with highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bronx Zoo
Highlights from your plan
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
American Museum of Natural History ©
American Museum of Natural History

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