28 days in United States Itinerary

28 days in United States Itinerary

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28 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + bus:  26​h
1
New York City
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Philadelphia
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
3
Chicago
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Salt Lake City
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Houston
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
6
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

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.
Visit 9/11 Memorial and Ellis Island for their historical value. Appreciate the collections at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History. Go for a jaunt from New York City to Bronx to see Bronx Zoo about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through Times Square, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral, take a stroll through Fifth Avenue, and don't miss a visit to Empire State Building.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our New York City road trip site .

Melbourne, Australia to New York City is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 15 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in September: highs in New York City hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

#Museums, #Parks, #Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Bronx Zoo
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
American Museum of Natural History ©

1
night
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take in the history at Valley Forge National Historical Park, admire the masterpieces at Barnes Foundation, and then pause for some photo ops at Liberty Bell Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): get a sense of history and politics at Independence Hall, take an in-depth tour of Eastern State Penitentiary, and then explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Philadelphia day trip planning tool .

Getting from New York City to Philadelphia by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Philadelphia can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Philadelphia

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Nature

Side Trip

Valley Forge National Historical Park
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Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Barnes Foundation ©
Barnes Foundation

4
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Step out of the city life by going to Bengtson's Pumpkin Farm and Lincoln Park Zoo. Get out of town with these interesting Chicago side-trips: Whihala Beach Co Park (in Whiting) and Silver Beach County Park (in Saint Joseph). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, appreciate the extensive heritage of Millennium Park, take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, and try your luck at Horseshoe Hammond.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Chicago online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Philadelphia to Chicago by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. September in Chicago sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Chicago

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Silver Beach County Park, Bengtson's Pumpkin Farm, Horseshoe Hammond, Whihala Beach Co Park
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Bengtson's Pumpkin Farm ©
Bengtson's Pumpkin Farm
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park

3
nights
Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City ©
Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Visiting Big Cottonwood Canyon and Antelope Island State Park will get you outdoors. Explore Salt Lake City's surroundings by going to Park City (Deer Valley Resort & Park City Main Street Historic District). There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Square and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Utah.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Salt Lake City sightseeing planning app .

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Salt Lake City takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September in Salt Lake City, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Houston.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

#Parks, #Nature, #Winter Sports

Side Trips

Park City, Antelope Island State Park
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Big Cottonwood Canyon ©
Big Cottonwood Canyon
Deer Valley Resort ©
Deer Valley Resort
Antelope Island State Park ©
Antelope Island State Park

1
night
Houston

Houston ©
Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
On the 19th (Wed), tee off at Hermann Park and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Houston Zoo. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of George Ranch Historical Park and then explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Houston trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Salt Lake City to Houston takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Salt Lake City in September; daily highs in Houston reach 38°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Houston

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

George Ranch Historical Park
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Hermann Park ©
Hermann Park
George Ranch Historical Park ©
George Ranch Historical Park
Houston Zoo ©
Houston Zoo

3
nights
Albuquerque

Albuquerque ©
Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
Take a break from the city and head to Bandelier National Monument and Balloon Rides. Change things up with a short trip to Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe (about 1h 30 min away). The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Singing Road, appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town, learn more about the world around you at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, and take an in-depth tour of Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Albuquerque online route planner .

Traveling by flight from Houston to Albuquerque takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Houston to Albuquerque. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Houston in September, with highs in Albuquerque at 33°C and lows at 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Albuquerque

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Bandelier National Monument, Museum of International Folk Art, Singing Road
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Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument
Balloon Rides
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town

5
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.
Popular historic sites such as Santa Monica Pier and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum are in your itinerary. Visiting Will Rogers State Beach and Venice Beach and Boardwalk will get you outdoors. Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Disneyland Park in Anaheim--about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, explore the different monuments and memorials at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Albuquerque to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Albuquerque in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 22°C. On the 28th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

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