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:  13​h
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  13​h 15​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Taxi:  11​h 15​min
3
Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Orlando, Florida
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
New York City
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Drive:  9​h
6
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Sydney

1
night
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.
On the 8th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at USS Arizona Memorial. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Manoa Falls and then kick back and relax at Waikiki Beach.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Honolulu trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Honolulu is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll gain 20 hours traveling from Sydney to Honolulu due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in May, expect Honolulu to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial

3
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.
On the 11th (Tue), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Grandview Point, stroll through South Kaibab Trail, and trek along North Kaibab Trail.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park trip planner .

Getting from Honolulu to Grand Canyon National Park by combination of flight and bus takes about 13.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Honolulu to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Honolulu in May, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are a bit cooler (23°C), and nights are colder (0°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

2
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Kids will appreciate attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Gatlin's Escape Games. Go for a jaunt from Gatlinburg to Great Smoky Mountains National Park to see Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, stroll through Chimneys Picnic Area, trek along Chimney Tops Trail, and take in the dramatic scenery at Ramsey Cascades.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Gatlinburg tour website .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Grand Canyon National Park to Gatlinburg in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Gatlinburg. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, you will find days in Gatlinburg are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are much warmer (16°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Chimneys Picnic Area ©
Chimneys Picnic Area
River Rafting & Tubing
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte

4
nights
Orlando, Florida

Orlando ©
For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
Bring the kids along to Walt Disney World Resort and Universal's Islands of Adventure. Have a day of magic on the 19th (Wed) at Magic Kingdom Park. Pack the 20th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Orlando Resort.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Orlando trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Gatlinburg to Orlando takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gatlinburg in May, expect Orlando to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Magic Kingdom Park ©
Magic Kingdom Park
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure

3
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.
Attractions like Central Park and New York Public Library make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, go for a walk through Times Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and snap pictures at Brooklyn Bridge.

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

Traveling by flight from Orlando to New York City takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Orlando in May, with highs in New York City at 24°C and lows at 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©

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.
Spend the 26th (Wed) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, admire all the interesting features of Artist Point, and admire the sheer force of Lewis Falls.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and car from New York City to Yellowstone National Park takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Yellowstone National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from New York City, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Yellowstone National Park, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Yellowstone Lake ©
Yellowstone Lake
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences. There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, make a trip to Golden Gate Park, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the San Francisco online tour planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, shuttle, and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in May, plan for a bit warmer days in San Francisco, with highs around 24°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

5
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.
Spend the 2nd (Wed) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, and make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip builder website .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from San Francisco in May, with lows around 1°C. On the 4th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

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