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:  19​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Denver
— 10 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Flagstaff
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  13​h
6
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Carmel
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
9
Big Sur
— 1 night
Fly:  25​h
End: Sydney

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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.
Oceanside Pier and Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at USS Midway Museum and Old Point Loma Lighthouse. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at La Jolla Shores Park, take a leisurely stroll along Seaport Village, contemplate the long history of Mormon Battalion Historic Site, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego tour planner.

Sydney, Australia to San Diego is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Pacific Standard Time is minus 18 hours. In September, San Diego is a bit warmer than Sydney - with highs of 31°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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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.
Visit Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Crystal Cove for some beach relaxation. Do some cultural sightseeing at Getty Center The Publications and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Camarillo Premium Outlets (in Camarillo) and Mission San Juan Capistrano (in San Juan Capistrano). Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, and admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from San Diego, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Camarillo Premium Outlets, Crystal Cove, Mission San Juan Capistrano
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove

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nights
Denver

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Images of Rocky Mountain National Park and Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Union Station, Denver, CO and 16th Street Mall. Explore Denver's surroundings by going to Grand Lake (The Beach at Grand Lake & Spas & Wellness), Rocky Mountain National Park (Emerald Lake Trail & Adams Falls Trail) and Estes Park (Snowy Peaks Winery, Photography Tours, & more). The adventure continues: cruise along Guanella Pass, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, hike along Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, and look for gifts at Tattered Cover Book Store.

For reviews and more tourist information, read Denver trip planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Los Angeles to Denver in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Los Angeles to Denver due to the time zone difference. In September, Denver is slightly colder than Los Angeles - with highs of 30°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Flagstaff.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Cherry Creek State Park, Dinosaur Ridge, Colorado Railroad Museum
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

1
night
Flagstaff

Flagstaff ©
Sitting at an elevation of 2,135 m (7,000 ft) and just a short trip from the Grand Canyon and other natural wonders, the city of Flagstaff attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then explore the striking landscape of Walnut Canyon National Monument.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Flagstaff trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Denver to Flagstaff takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Denver in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Flagstaff, with lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Flagstaff

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Walnut Canyon National Monument ©
Walnut Canyon National Monument

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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.
On the 3rd (Tue), explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, then get great views at Lookout Studio, then see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio, and finally add some entertainment to your itinerary with Hopi House.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park vacation planner.

Drive from Flagstaff to Grand Canyon National Park in 2 hours. In October in Grand Canyon National Park, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 0°C at night. On the 4th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Kolb Studio ©
Kolb Studio
Inner Canyon ©
Inner Canyon

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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.
On the 5th (Thu), explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass and then hike along Tuolumne Meadows. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, trek along May Lake Trailhead, and then explore the striking landscape at El Capitan.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park sightseeing planner.

Do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Grand Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): get great views at Twin Peaks, then enjoy the sand and surf at China Beach, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at San Gregorio State Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, you will find days in San Francisco are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are warmer (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
China Beach ©
China Beach
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

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Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos State Reserve.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel trip builder.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Golf Parks

Side Trip

Pebble Beach Golf Links
Highlights from your plan
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos

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Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 10th (Tue), kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and then enjoy the sea views from Point Sur State Historic Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Big Sur vacation planner.

Getting from Carmel to Big Sur by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In October in Big Sur, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Point Sur State Historic Park ©
Point Sur State Historic Park