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:  20​h 30​min
1
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  10​h
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
3
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Sydney

2
nights
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
On the 7th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Seattle Art Museum, then look for gifts at Chukar Cherries, then wander the streets of Pike Place Market, and finally stop by Elliott Bay Book Company. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, then kick back and relax at Alki Beach, then admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally make a trip to Space Needle.

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Sydney, Australia to Seattle is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -18 hour difference. In December, Seattle is colder than Sydney - with highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Outdoors
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Grand Canyon South Rim and Hopi House. For shopping fun, head to Canyon Village Marketplace or Lookout Studio. On the 11th (Tue), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Rim Trail, get great views at Mather Point, and see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Seattle to Grand Canyon National Park in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect much colder evenings in Grand Canyon National Park when traveling from Seattle in December, with lows around -11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Thu) before leaving for Los Angeles.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

6
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.
Let the collections at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory capture your imagination. Bring the kids along to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Disneyland Park. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Santa Monica (Bergamot Station & Montana Avenue) and Disney California Adventure Park (in Anaheim). There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica Beach, hunt for treasures at Melrose Trading Post, wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and browse the different shops at The Grove.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles journey planning site .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles is minus 1 hour. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 24°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

5
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Visiting Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area and Glacier Point will get you outdoors. Step out of Yosemite National Park with an excursion to Bodie State Historic Park in Bridgeport--about 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, see a world frozen in time at Bodie, and admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, Yosemite National Park is much colder than Los Angeles - with highs of 7°C and lows of -11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski Area
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks for their historical value. Visiting Fort Funston National Park and Baker Beach will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Miramar Beach (in Half Moon Bay) and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Exploratorium, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary maker app .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, expect nights in San Francisco to be warmer, around 8°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 17°C. On the 31st (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Miramar Beach, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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