27 days in United States Itinerary

27 days in United States Itinerary

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27 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  22​h
1
Pigeon Forge
— 4 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + shuttle:  7​h
2
Marathon
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Miami Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Vero Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Orlando
— 6 nights
fly:  8​h 30​min
6
Phoenix
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
7
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Palm Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

4
nights
Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge ©
A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Pigeon Forge bills itself as the "Center of Fun in the Smokies." Just a short drive from the national park protecting the diverse plant and animal life of the Great Smoky Mountains, the town features numerous places to visit, such as bars, restaurants, cafes, theaters, and shops.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Titanic Museum Attraction. Take a break from the city and head to Quiet Walkways and Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. Do some cultural sightseeing at Walker Sisters' Cabin and Museum of the Cherokee Indian. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pigeon Forge: Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Charlies Bunion & Andrews Bald Trail), Oconaluftee Indian Village (in Cherokee) and Dickson Williams Mansion (in Greeneville). And it doesn't end there: stop by Christmas Place, take in the exciting artwork at Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community, and see the interesting displays at Alcatraz East Crime Museum.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Pigeon Forge route maker site .

Melbourne, Australia to Pigeon Forge is an approximately 32-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -15 hour difference. When traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for colder days in Pigeon Forge, with highs around 13°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 2°C. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Sun) before leaving for Marathon.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee, Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community, Dickson Williams Mansion
Highlights from your plan
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
Museum of the Cherokee Indian ©
Museum of the Cherokee Indian
Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community ©

4
nights
Marathon

Marathon ©
A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
Take a break from the city and head to The Turtle Hospital and Molasses Reef. Head to Bella Sol Fragrance Bar and Gifts and Shell World Florida Keysfor plenty of shopping. Explore Marathon's surroundings by going to Islamorada (History of Diving Museum, Key Largo Adventures - an Islamorada Boat Charter, & more) and Key Largo (Spiegel Grove & African Queen Canal Cruise). There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Bahia Honda State Park, identify plant and animal life at National Key Deer Refuge, pause for some serene contemplation at San Pablo Catholic Church, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Marathon trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Pigeon Forge to Marathon by combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In December, Marathon is much warmer than Pigeon Forge - with highs of 31°C and lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Miami Beach.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Islamorada, Key Largo, Big Pine Key, Long Key State Park
Highlights from your plan
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
The Turtle Hospital ©
The Turtle Hospital
Molasses Reef ©
Molasses Reef

1
night
Miami Beach

Miami Beach ©
Separated by water from the neighboring city of Miami, Miami Beach sits on a barrier island between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): examine the collection at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, then visit a coastal fixture at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, then explore the world behind art at Perez Art Museum Miami, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Art Deco Historic District.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Miami Beach trip planner .

Traveling by car from Marathon to Miami Beach takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and tram. In January in Miami Beach, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Vero Beach.

Things to do in Miami Beach

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Miami, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
Highlights from your plan
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park ©
Art Deco Historic District ©
Art Deco Historic District
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens ©
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

1
night
Vero Beach

Vero Beach ©
Vero Beach is a city in, and the seat of Indian River County, Florida, United States. Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): engage your brain at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, enjoy the sand and surf at Wabasso Beach Park, then explore the historical opulence of Fort Pierce Inlet State Park, then steep yourself in history at Hallstrom Farmstead, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unity Center of Vero Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Vero Beach day trip website .

Getting from Miami Beach to Vero Beach by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Miami Beach in January, plan for little chillier nights in Vero Beach, with lows around 14°C. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Orlando.

Things to do in Vero Beach

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Fort Pierce
Highlights from your plan
Fort Pierce Inlet State Park ©
Fort Pierce Inlet State Park
A. E. Backus Gallery & Museum ©
A. E. Backus Gallery & Museum
Unity Center of Vero Beach ©
Unity Center of Vero Beach

6
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.
Relax by the water at Beach at Daytona Beach and Cocoa Beach. Do your shopping at International Drive and Ron Jon Surf Shop. Venture out of the city with trips to Stetson Mansion (in DeLand), Crystal River (Stand-Up Paddleboarding & Scuba & Snorkeling) and Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum (in Ponce Inlet). There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, revel in the low prices at Orlando Premium Outlets - Vineland Avenue, stop by World of Disney, and enjoy the sand and surf at Ormond Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Orlando road trip website .

Drive from Vero Beach to Orlando in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Orlando can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. You'll set off for Phoenix on the 11th (Fri).

Things to do in Orlando

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

The Villages, Homosassa, Daytona Beach, Crystal River, Cocoa Beach
Highlights from your plan
Stetson Mansion ©
Stetson Mansion
Ormond Beach ©
Ormond Beach

2
nights
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Desert Botanical Garden and then take a stroll through Old Town Scottsdale. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Musical Instrument Museum, then see a world frozen in time at Goldfield Ghost Town, then admire the majestic nature at Lost Dutchman State Park, and finally experience rural life at Queen Creek Olive Mill.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Phoenix tour itinerary builder .

Getting from Orlando to Phoenix by car takes about 35 hours. Other options: take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Orlando to Phoenix is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Orlando in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Phoenix, with lows of 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to San Diego.

Things to do in Phoenix

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Apache Junction, Queen Creek Olive Mill, Old Town Scottsdale
Highlights from your plan
Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
Old Town Scottsdale ©
Old Town Scottsdale
Goldfield Ghost Town ©
Goldfield Ghost Town

3
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like La Jolla Shores Park and Seaport Village. Get in touch with nature at La Jolla Cove and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Step out of San Diego with an excursion to Oceanside Pier in Oceanside--about 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, contemplate the long history of Mormon Battalion Historic Site, enjoy the sea views from Old Point Loma Lighthouse, and make a trip to Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Phoenix to San Diego in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Phoenix to San Diego, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, daytime highs in San Diego are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Palm Springs.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Oceanside Pier
Highlights from your plan
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

3
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Take a break from the city and head to Indian Canyons and Barker Dam Trail. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Roy's Motel & Cafe and Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway. Venture out of the city with trips to Temecula (Ponte Winery, Danza del Sol Winery, & more), Integratron (in Landers) and Climbing Tours (in Joshua Tree). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Brandini Toffee, take an in-depth tour of Cabot's Pueblo Museum, hike along Bump and Grind Trail, and see the interesting displays at Ruddy's General Store Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Palm Springs trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Palm Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Palm Springs can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Temecula, Climbing Tours, Barker Dam Trail, Integratron, Bump and Grind Trail
Highlights from your plan
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Old Town Temecula ©
Old Town Temecula
Roy's Motel & Cafe ©
Roy's Motel & Cafe

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