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:  17​h 45​min
1
Phoenix
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Zion National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. On the 24th (Sun), examine the collection at Musical Instrument Museum.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Phoenix online trip builder

Sydney, Australia to Phoenix is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 17 hours. When traveling from Sydney in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Phoenix, with highs around 22°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 8°C. On the 24th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Phoenix

Museums
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Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum

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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.
On the 27th (Wed), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail, trek along South Kaibab Trail, and take some stellar pictures from Grandview Point.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park trip planner

You can drive from Phoenix to Grand Canyon National Park in 4 hours. Another option is to fly. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Phoenix in December, with highs in Grand Canyon National Park at 7°C and lows at -11°C. On the 28th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

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night
Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park ©
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Inspiration Point and then trek along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Bryce Canyon National Park trip planner

Do a combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can go by car to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Trails Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop
Inspiration Point ©
Inspiration Point

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night
Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of The Narrows.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Zion National Park road trip planning tool

Drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park in 3 hours. In December, daytime highs in Zion National Park are 10°C, while nighttime lows are -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Trails Parks Outdoors
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The Narrows ©
The Narrows

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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Hoover Dam in Boulder City (about 42 minutes away). The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, have some family-friendly fun at The Roller Coaster, try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Las Vegas road trip tool

Traveling by car from Zion National Park to Las Vegas takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Zion National Park to Las Vegas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Zion National Park in December; daily highs in Las Vegas reach 15°C and lows reach 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Fun & Games Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Hoover Dam
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
Dig This ©
Dig This

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San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Pack the 7th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, look for gifts at The Cave Store, kick back and relax at Children's Pool, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Diego tour site

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to San Diego takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Las Vegas in January; daily highs in San Diego reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 10th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Getty Center The Publications, Head underground at Bronson Caves, appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles day trip website

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to San Francisco.

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

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Dedicate the 14th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and get great views at Twin Peaks.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco route builder app

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in January, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 8°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 17°C. On the 17th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

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