28 days in United States Itinerary

28 days in United States Itinerary

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28 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + bus:  39​h
1
New York City
— 6 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
2
Washington DC
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Pittsburgh
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
4
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Santa Maria
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
8
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Sydney

6
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Get some cultural insight at Fifth Avenue and Statue of Liberty National Monument. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Central Park, learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History, admire the masterpieces at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the New York City trip builder site .

Sydney, Australia to New York City is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to New York City is minus 15 hours. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect New York City to be much colder, temps between 10°C and 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
American Museum of Natural History ©
American Museum of Natural History

4
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
National Gallery of Art and National Air and Space Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. For shopping fun, head to The Lion Potter of Gettysburg or Fell's Point. Explore Washington DC's surroundings by going to Gettysburg (Little Round Top & Gettysburg National Military Park). There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, appreciate the history behind Lincoln Memorial, contemplate the long history of Old Stone House, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Arlington National Cemetery.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Washington DC planning site .

You can fly from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Pittsburgh.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Gettysburg, Arlington, Fell's Point
Highlights from your plan
Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Gettysburg National Military Park
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

1
night
Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh ©
Known primarily for its steel-related heritage and 446 bridges, Pittsburgh sits at the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers, which meet to form the Ohio River.
On the 30th (Sun), take in the awesome beauty at Mount Washington, examine the collection at Bicycle Heaven, and then contemplate the long history of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Pittsburgh online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Washington DC to Pittsburgh in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, Pittsburgh is a bit cooler than Washington DC - with highs of 6°C and lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Parks Neighborhoods Nature
Highlights from your plan
Bicycle Heaven ©
Bicycle Heaven
Mount Washington ©
Mount Washington

4
nights
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Strip and Rick's Restorations. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Mob Museum and The National Atomic Testing Museum. And it doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, explore the world behind art at Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, see the interesting displays at Pinball Hall of Fame, and explore the galleries of Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Las Vegas visit planner.

Fly from Pittsburgh to Las Vegas in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Pittsburgh to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Pittsburgh in December, things will get a bit warmer in Las Vegas: highs are around 16°C and lows about 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter and then pause for some photo ops at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the San Diego route builder tool .

You can fly from Las Vegas to San Diego in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Las Vegas in January, with highs in San Diego at 22°C and lows at 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): look for gifts at Hollywood & Highland, examine the collection at The Getty Center, stop by Bergamot Station, then make a trip to Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and finally take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. January in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

1
night
Santa Maria

Santa Maria ©
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): admire the architecture and history at Old Mission Santa Ines, then take in the history at La Purisima State Historical Park, and then identify plant and animal life at Monarch Butterfly Grove.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Santa Maria trip planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Santa Maria takes 3 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in January, Santa Maria is a bit cooler at night with lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow time for travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Luis Obispo County Farmers' Market Association, Old Mission Santa Ines, La Purisima State Historical Park, Monarch Butterfly Grove
Highlights from your plan
Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove
La Purisima State Historical Park ©
La Purisima State Historical Park
Old Mission Santa Ines ©
Old Mission Santa Ines

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get a sense of the local culture at Alcatraz Island and Union Square. Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and City Lights Booksellersfor some retail therapy. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Petaluma Seed Bank in Petaluma, approximately 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Exploratorium, get curious at California Academy of Sciences, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Santa Maria to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Another option is to fly. While traveling from Santa Maria, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Petaluma Seed Bank
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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