30 days in United States Itinerary

30 days in United States Itinerary

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30 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Drive:  22​h 15​min
1
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 15​min
2
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
New York City
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  11​h 15​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  13​h
6
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
8
Honolulu, Oahu
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Mount Washburn and Artist Point. The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, explore the activities along Yellowstone Lake, admire the sheer force of Wraith Falls, and take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park trip builder .

Melbourne, Australia to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of train, flight, and car. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Mountain Standard Time is minus 17 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in September, plan for little chillier nights in Yellowstone National Park, with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring
Mount Washburn ©
Mount Washburn
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

3
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.
On the 6th (Thu), get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, and then see the interesting displays at National Archives Museum. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Washington National Cathedral, and finally appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Washington DC planning site .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Washington DC takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Washington DC. While traveling from Yellowstone National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Washington DC, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate 9/11 Memorial and St. Paul's Chapel. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: go for a walk through Central Park, take an in-depth tour of Ellis Island, appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument, and take a stroll through Times Square.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our New York City online travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to New York City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. On the 11th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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

3
nights
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park ©
Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Chimney Tops. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, and then hike along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park route planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from New York City to Great Smoky Mountains National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Sugarlands Distilling Company
Highlights from your plan
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Chimney Tops Trail ©
Chimney Tops Trail

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Rim Trail and Powell Point. On the 16th (Sun), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, get great views at Yaki Point, and trek along South Kaibab Trail.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 11.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park in September, things will get a bit cooler in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 28°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

3
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.
Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome. There's much more to do: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail.

Make your Yosemite National Park itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can 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 and taxi. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 3°C. On the 21st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

4
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 Fisherman's Wharf. Your inner history buff will appreciate Twin Peaks and The Embarcadero. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, shop like a local with Union Square, head outdoors with Far Fung Places, and kick back and relax at China Beach.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Francisco online holiday planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

4
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 USS Arizona Memorial and Iolani Palace. We've included these beaches for you: Kailua Beach Park and Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. Get out of town with these interesting Honolulu side-trips: Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Waikiki Beach, stroll the grounds of National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kapiolani Regional Park, and take in the dramatic scenery at Manoa Falls.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Honolulu trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Honolulu takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Honolulu is minus 2 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in September: high temperatures in Honolulu hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kailua Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach

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