30 days in United States Itinerary

30 days in United States Itinerary

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30 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  20​h
1
Seattle
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Grand Teton National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Chicago
— 5 nights
Fly + shuttle:  8​h 15​min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Moab
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Aspen
— 4 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Sydney

3
nights
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Visiting Lower Big Quilcene Trail and Alki Beach will get you outdoors. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pioneer Square and West Point Lighthouse. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Pike Place Market, explore the world behind art at Seattle Art Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, and view the masterpieces at Glasshouse Studio.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Seattle trip itinerary planning website .

Sydney, Australia to Seattle is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to Seattle due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sydney in October: high temperatures in Seattle hover around 20°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lower Big Quilcene Trail
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

6
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.
Lone Star Geyser and S Rim Trail will appeal to history buffs. Visiting Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Old Faithful will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Hayden Valley, get to know the fascinating history of Uncle Tom's Trail, take a memorable drive along Lamar Valley, and trek along Artist Point.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park road trip planning site .

Getting from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seattle in October, you will find days in Yellowstone National Park are a bit cooler (9°C), and nights are cooler (-4°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Mount Washburn ©
Mount Washburn
Hayden Valley ©
Hayden Valley

4
nights
Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park ©
The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
Get a sense of the local culture at Chapel of the Transfiguration and Chapel of the Sacred Heart. Get in touch with nature at Grand Teton and Cascade Canyon Trail. There's much more to do: cruise along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive, trek along Taggart Lake, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Amphitheater Lake, and contemplate the waterfront views at String Lake.

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Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Grand Teton National Park, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Amphitheater Lake ©
Amphitheater Lake
Cascade Canyon Trail ©
Cascade Canyon Trail

5
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace and Basilica of the Sacred Heart will appeal to history buffs. The Art Institute of Chicago and Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes in South Bend (about 1h 50 min away). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of The Magnificent Mile, try your luck at Horseshoe Hammond, learn more about the world around you at Field Museum, and stroll around Millennium Park.

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Fly from Grand Teton National Park to Chicago in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Grand Teton National Park in October, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Chicago: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Oak Park, South Bend, Horseshoe Hammond
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sacred Heart ©
Basilica of the Sacred Heart
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace ©
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace

3
nights
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Long House and Cliff Palace will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Balcony House and Petroglyph Point Hike. Venture out of the city with trips to Hovenweep National Monument (in Cortez) and The Anasazi Heritage Center (in Dolores). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, trek along Spruce Canyon Trail, and get to know the fascinating history of Far View Sites.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Chicago to Mesa Verde National Park in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Mesa Verde National Park is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Mesa Verde National Park when traveling from Chicago in October, with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Moab.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

The Anasazi Heritage Center, Hovenweep National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

3
nights
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Visiting Arches National Park and Off-Road Tours will get you outdoors. Step out of Moab with an excursion to Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park--about 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Canyonlands National Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Double Arch, tour the pleasant surroundings at Double Down Bike Shop, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Moab trip builder .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Moab takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Moab when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in October, with lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Moab

Nature Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Double Arch, Mesa Arch
Highlights from your plan
Arches National Park ©
Arches National Park
Off-Road Tours
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

4
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Take a break from the city and head to Maroon Bells and River Rafting & Tubing. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Independence Pass, trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, and grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Aspen online itinerary planner .

Drive from Moab to Aspen in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or fly. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Moab in October: high temperatures in Aspen hover around 18°C and lows are around -1°C. On the 29th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
River Rafting & Tubing
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

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