29 days in United States Itinerary

29 days in United States Itinerary

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29 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  19​h 30​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
3
Santa Fe
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
4
Sedona
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  12​h 45​min
6
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Lahaina, Maui
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
Honolulu, Oahu
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Sydney


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4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bodie State Historic Park and Tuolumne Meadows. Step off the beaten path and head to Tunnel View and El Capitan. Spend the 11th (Fri) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and explore the striking landscape of Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park online vacation planner .

Sydney, Australia to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, subway, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to Yosemite National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Sydney in October, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 22°C by day to -2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
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Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

1
night
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.
On the 12th (Sat), take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and finally get to know the fascinating history of El Pueblo de Los Angeles.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 32°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
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Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
El Pueblo de Los Angeles ©
El Pueblo de Los Angeles

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then don't miss a visit to Santa Fe Plaza, then steep yourself in history at Loretto Chapel, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Miguel Chapel.

Plan trip to Santa Fe with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Los Angeles to Santa Fe takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles to Santa Fe, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in October, you will find days in Santa Fe are little chillier (24°C), and nights are much colder (5°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sedona.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road
Santa Fe Plaza ©
Santa Fe Plaza

3
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Walnut Canyon National Monument and Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179). Take a break from the city and head to Oak Creek Canyon and Cathedral Rock. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Bell Rock and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Sedona trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Santa Fe to Sedona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. In October, Sedona is a bit warmer than Santa Fe - with highs of 29°C and lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Walnut Canyon National Monument
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Oak Creek Canyon ©
Oak Creek Canyon
Walnut Canyon National Monument ©
Walnut Canyon National Monument
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like South Kaibab Trail and Bright Angel Trail. Escape the urban bustle at Rim Trail and Powell Point. The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim and hike along North Kaibab Trail.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park takes 2.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sedona in October: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

3
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 get in some beach time at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Kahaluu Beach. Popular historic sites such as Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and St. Michael the Archangel Church are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kailua-Kona: Hilo (Rainbow Falls & Akaka Falls State Park). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay), get interesting insight from Tours, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona trip maker .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Kailua-Kona by combination of bus and flight takes about 13 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Kailua-Kona due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Grand Canyon National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Kailua-Kona, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hilo, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Kahaluu Beach
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Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay) ©
Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)

4
nights
Lahaina, Maui

Lahaina ©
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.
Visit Wailea Beach and Ho'okipa Beach Park for some beach relaxation. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Lahaina United Methodist Church and Lahaina Front Street. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lahaina: Kihei (Kalepolepo Beach Park & Scuba & Snorkeling) and Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park). The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, don't miss a visit to Lahaina Banyan Court, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and explore the fascinating landscape at Surf Ripper Shave Ice Co.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Lahaina itinerary planning app .

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 October, daytime highs in Lahaina are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Kihei, Haleakala Crater, Ho'okipa Beach Park, Wailea Beach
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Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach
Ho'okipa Beach Park ©
Ho'okipa Beach Park
Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Makapuu Lighthouse Trail and USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park. Escape the urban bustle at Swim with Dolphins and Manoa Falls. Change things up with a short trip to Lanikai Beach in Kailua (about 34 minutes away). There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of USS Arizona Memorial, explore the galleries of Iolani Palace, trek along Koko Crater Railway Trail, and steep yourself in history at Battleship Missouri Memorial.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Honolulu trip builder .

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. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Lanikai Beach, Swim with Dolphins
Highlights from your plan
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Swim with Dolphins
Lanikai Beach ©
Lanikai Beach

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