28 days in United States Itinerary

28 days in United States Itinerary

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28 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly + Drive:  20​h 15​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
3
Custer
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
4
New York City
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  9​h
5
Santa Fe
— 1 day
Drive:  7​h 15​min
6
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  12​h 45​min
7
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Lahaina, Maui
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
9
Honolulu, Oahu
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Auckland

2
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.
Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome. There's much more to do: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park day trip planner .

Auckland, New Zealand to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 20 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in September: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

2
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Escape the urban bustle at Grand Prismatic Spring and Lower Geyser Basin. Explore hidden gems such as Old Faithful and Artist Point. Spend the 9th (Mon) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. There's still lots to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park itinerary maker app .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Yellowstone National Park by combination of car and flight takes about 10 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Yosemite National Park to Yellowstone National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, things will get a bit cooler in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 18°C and lows about 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Custer.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Yellowstone National Park ©
Yellowstone National Park
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

2
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Get in touch with nature at Custer State Park and Needles Eye Tunnel. Discover out-of-the-way places like Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Black Hills National Forest. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Custer: Windcross Conservancy (in Buffalo Gap) and Presidential Trail (in Keystone). The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along Wildlife Loop Road, do a tasting at Prairie Berry Winery, explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, and explore and take pictures at Iron Mountain Road.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Custer itinerary planning site .

Do a combination of car, flight, and taxi from Yellowstone National Park to Custer in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September, with highs in Custer at 25°C and lows at 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Prairie Berry Winery, Presidential Trail, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Windcross Conservancy
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park

1
night
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.
On the 13th (Fri), appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial and then take in the pleasant sights at Central Park. On the next day, browse the exhibits of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, then go for a walk through Times Square, and then make a trip to Empire State Building.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our New York City trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Custer to New York City in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Custer to New York City is 2 hours. Traveling from Custer in September, expect nights in New York City to be much warmer, around 22°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Times Square ©
Times Square

1
day
Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
On the 15th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, steep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza, steep yourself in history at Loretto Chapel, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, go to the Santa Fe online route planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from New York City to Santa Fe in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from New York City in September since evenings lows in Santa Fe dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Santa Fe Plaza ©
Santa Fe Plaza
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

2
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.
Visiting Rim Trail and South Kaibab Trail will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Mather Point and Yavapai Point. On the 17th (Tue), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's more to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim and don't miss a visit to Powell Point.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park online tour planner .

You can drive from Santa Fe to Grand Canyon National Park in 7.5 hours. Traveling from Santa Fe in September, things will get a bit cooler in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 28°C and lows about 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Mather Point ©
Mather Point
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

2
nights
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

Kailua-Kona ©
Thanks to its favorable location near a mountain range blocking the northeasterly trade winds, Kailua-Kona gets little rainfall, allowing adventure seekers and nature lovers a chance to enjoy over 300 days of sunshine each year.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park. Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Scuba & Snorkeling. It doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Mauna Kea and kick back and relax at Kahaluu Beach.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kailua-Kona trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Kailua-Kona in 13 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Kailua-Kona. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September: highs in Kailua-Kona hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kahaluu Beach, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Mauna Kea ©
Mauna Kea

3
nights
Lahaina, Maui

Once the booming capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, the tropical paradise of Lahaina still remains one of Maui's top vacation attractions, providing both culture and recreation.
Get in touch with nature at Kahekili Beach Park and Dolphin & Whale Watching. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Wailea Beach and Napili Beach. Step out of Lahaina with an excursion to Scuba & Snorkeling in Kihei--about 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Tours, don't miss a visit to Lahaina Banyan Court, and wander the streets of Lahaina Front Street.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Lahaina trip itinerary site .

Fly from Kailua-Kona to Lahaina in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In September in Lahaina, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Wailea Beach
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach
Napili Beach ©
Napili Beach

5
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.
Get some historical perspective at Battleship Missouri Memorial and Makapuu Lighthouse Trail. Get a sense of the local culture at USS Arizona Memorial and National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Get out of town with these interesting Honolulu side-trips: Kailua (Kailua Beach Park & Lanikai Beach), Swim with Dolphins (in Waianae) and Byodo-In Temple (in Kaneohe). It doesn't end there: examine the collection at Iolani Palace and enjoy the sand and surf at Waikiki Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Honolulu route builder site .

You can fly from Lahaina to Honolulu in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. September in Honolulu sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kailua, Byodo-In Temple, Swim with Dolphins
Highlights from your plan
Battleship Missouri Memorial ©
Battleship Missouri Memorial
Swim with Dolphins
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park

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