31 days in United States Itinerary

31 days in United States Itinerary

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31 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Cairns
Fly:  19​h
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Larkspur
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Sacramento
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
5
Ely
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
6
Ogden
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Jackson Hole
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Gardiner
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
9
Broadus
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
10
Sturgis
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
11
Badlands National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 30​min
12
Sioux Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
13
Minneapolis
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
14
Rockford
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
15
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
16
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
17
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
18
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
19
San Francisco
— Few hours
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Cairns

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at China Beach, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, then contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers, and finally take a stroll through Union Square. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Rockaway Beach, then trek along Lands End, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Marshall’s Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Francisco online driving holiday planner .

Cairns, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Cairns to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In September, San Francisco is slightly colder than Cairns - with highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Larkspur.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Rockaway Beach
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Lands End ©
Lands End

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Larkspur

Larkspur ©
Larkspur is a city in Marin County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): stroll around Imagination Park and then hunt for treasures at Marin Country Mart. Keep things going the next day: grab your bike and head to Phoenix Lake, steep yourself in history at American Legion Log Cabin, then get lost in a book at Carnegie Library, and finally explore the activities along Lake Lagunitas.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Larkspur trip planner .

Drive from San Francisco to Larkspur in an hour. Traveling from San Francisco in September, expect nights in Larkspur to be little chillier, around 12°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll travel to Sacramento.

Things to do in Larkspur

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

San Anselmo, Phoenix Lake, Lake Lagunitas
Highlights from your plan
Lake Lagunitas ©
Lake Lagunitas
Marin Country Mart ©
Marin Country Mart
Imagination Park ©
Imagination Park

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Sacramento

Sacramento
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sacramento day trip site .

You can drive from Larkspur to Sacramento in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Larkspur in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sacramento, with lows around 17°C. On the 24th (Tue), you'll travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Sacramento

Wineries Parks Tours

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South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
On the 24th (Tue), immerse yourself in nature at Van Sickle Bi-State Park, contemplate the long history of Tallac Historic Site, stroll around Valhalla at Lake Tahoe, stroll through Lakeside Beach, then view the masterpieces at Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Nevada Beach Campground. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kiva Beach, step into the grandiose world of Vikingsholm, pause for some serene contemplation at St Theresa Catholic Church, then stroll through El Dorado Beach, then get a taste of the local shopping with Wyland Galleries, and finally examine the collection at Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe trip planner.

Getting from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Sacramento in September, things will get slightly colder in South Lake Tahoe: highs are around 26°C and lows about 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Ely.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Nevada Beach Campground
Highlights from your plan
Vikingsholm ©
Vikingsholm
El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach

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Ely

Ely ©
Ely is the largest city and county seat of White Pine County, Nevada, United States. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Cave Lake State Park, see the interesting displays at White Pine Public Museum, then try your luck at Jailhouse Casino, then head outdoors with Garnet Hill, and finally take an in-depth tour of Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Ely online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to Ely in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In September in Ely, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ogden.

Things to do in Ely

Museums Outdoors Casinos

Side Trip

Cave Lake State Park
Highlights from your plan
White Pine Public Museum ©
White Pine Public Museum
Garnet Hill ©
Garnet Hill

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Ogden

Ogden ©
Ogden is a city and the county seat of Weber County, Utah, United States, approximately 10mi east of the Great Salt Lake and 40mi north of Salt Lake City. On the 27th (Fri), get in on the family fun at George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park, examine the collection at Utah State Railroad Museum, take an in-depth tour of John M. Browning Firearms Museum, steep yourself in history at Union Station, then admire the natural beauty at Ogden Botanical Gardens, and finally have fun and explore at Treehouse Children's Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, identify plant and animal life at Ogden Nature Center, then examine the collection at Hill Aerospace Museum, and finally admire the majestic nature at Fort Buenaventura.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Ogden trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ely to Ogden takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Ely to Ogden, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Ogden when traveling from Ely in September, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Ogden

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Stump
Highlights from your plan
Ogden Botanical Gardens ©
Ogden Botanical Gardens
Historic 25th Street ©
Historic 25th Street
Fort Buenaventura ©
Fort Buenaventura

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Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole
The Jackson Hole valley is approximately 97 km (60 mi) long and 24 km (15 mi) wide, encompassing the town of Jackson, Teton Village, and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park.
On the 29th (Sun), get outside with Bridger Gondola.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Jackson Hole trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Ogden to Jackson Hole takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In September, Jackson Hole is little chillier than Ogden - with highs of 23°C and lows of 3°C. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Gardiner.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Outdoors

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Gardiner

Gardiner ©
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
On the 29th (Sun), witness a stunning natural landmark at Mammoth Hot Springs, then stop by Yellowstone Gifts & Sweets, and then make a trip to Roosevelt Arch.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Gardiner travel planner.

Traveling by car from Jackson Hole to Gardiner takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Jackson Hole in September, Gardiner is little chillier at night with lows of 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Broadus.

Things to do in Gardiner

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Hot Springs
Gibbon Falls ©
Gibbon Falls
Artists’ Paintpots ©
Artists’ Paintpots

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Broadus

Broadus ©
Broadus is a town in and the county seat of Powder River County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): examine the collection at Powder River Historical Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Broadus online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Gardiner to Broadus in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In October, Broadus is somewhat warmer than Gardiner - with highs of 17°C and lows of 3°C. On the 2nd (Wed), you're off toSturgis.

Things to do in Broadus

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Powder River Historical Museum ©
Powder River Historical Museum

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Sturgis

Sturgis ©
Sturgis is a city in Meade County, South Dakota, United States. On the 3rd (Thu), explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, stop by Chubby Chipmunk Hand-Dipped Chocolates, appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Black Hill National Cemetery, then trek along Deadwood Trailhead George S. Mickelson Trail, and finally take an in-depth tour of Old Fort Meade Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sturgis trip maker app .

Drive from Broadus to Sturgis in 2.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Broadus to Sturgis. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Sturgis

Historic Sites Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Deadwood
Highlights from your plan
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Belle Joli ©
Belle Joli
Black Hill National Cemetery ©
Black Hill National Cemetery

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Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Conata Basin Overlook, explore the striking landscape at Homestead Overlook, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burns Basin Overlook, then explore the striking landscape at Bigfoot Pass Overlook, then explore the striking landscape at White River Valley Overlook, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Panorama Point Overlook.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Badlands National Park vacation builder tool .

Traveling by car from Sturgis to Badlands National Park takes 1.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Sturgis in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Badlands National Park: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Conata Basin Overlook ©
Conata Basin Overlook
Burns Basin Overlook ©
Burns Basin Overlook
Bigfoot Pass Overlook ©
Bigfoot Pass Overlook

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Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): explore the activities along Arrowhead Park and then make a trip to Michelangelo's David replica.

Start your trip to Sioux Falls by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls due to the time zone difference. In October in Sioux Falls, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Wildlife Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Arrowhead Park ©
Arrowhead Park

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Minneapolis

Minneapolis ©
Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Weisman Art Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of St. Mary, grab your bike and head to Mill Ruins Park, take in the dramatic scenery at St. Anthony Falls, then get to know the fascinating history of Lakewood Cemetery, and finally look for gifts at Candyland. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Summit Avenue, contemplate the waterfront views at Chain of Lakes, cruise along Grand Rounds Scenic Byway, explore the world behind art at The Museum of Russian Art, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, and finally take a stroll through Historic Downtown Hastings.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Minneapolis vacation maker .

You can fly from Sioux Falls to Minneapolis in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. October in Minneapolis sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Rockford.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Saint Paul, Historic Downtown Hastings, Candyland
Highlights from your plan
Minnehaha Park ©
Minnehaha Park
Historic Fort Snelling ©
Historic Fort Snelling
Summit Avenue
Summit Avenue

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Rockford

Rockford ©
Rockford is the third largest city in the U.S. On the 8th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Severson Dells Nature Center, have fun and explore at Discovery Center Museum, examine the collection at Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens, admire the natural beauty at Anderson Japanese Gardens, then browse the different shops at CherryVale Mall, and finally stroll around Sinnissippi Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Rockford trip builder website .

Explore your travel options from Minneapolis to Rockford with the Route module. October in Rockford sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Rockford

Parks Museums Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Severson Dells Nature Center ©
Severson Dells Nature Center
Discovery Center Museum ©
Discovery Center Museum

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Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take a stroll through The Magnificent Mile, get to know the fascinating history of Chicago Riverwalk, explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, then wander the streets of The Loop, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Baha'i House of Worship, and finally admire all the interesting features of Lincoln Park. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverwalk Lot, brush up on your military savvy at Cantigny Park, grab your bike and head to Lakefront Trail, then ponder the design of Buckingham Fountain, and finally explore the striking landscape of Indiana Dunes National Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Chicago journey maker tool .

Traveling by car from Rockford to Chicago takes 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Riverwalk Lot, Cantigny Park, Indiana Dunes National Park, Baha'i House of Worship
Highlights from your plan
Chicago Riverwalk ©
Chicago Riverwalk
Lakefront Trail ©
Lakefront Trail
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens and Old Town Temecula. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel (in Rancho Palos Verdes), Huntington Dog Beach (in Huntington Beach) and Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden (in Arcadia). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Newport Beach, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, admire the masterpieces at The Broad, and stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles tour planner.

You can fly from Chicago to Los Angeles in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Los Angeles is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Chicago in October, expect Los Angeles to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Newport Beach, The Americana at Brand, Revolver Gallery, Old Town Temecula, Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Newport Beach ©
Newport Beach
Old Town Temecula ©
Old Town Temecula

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Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
On the 16th (Wed), take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, identify plant and animal life at Douglas Family Preserve, and then get to know the fascinating history of The Historic La Arcada Courtyard.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Santa Barbara tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in October, expect Santa Barbara to be slightly colder, temps between 29°C and 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Museums Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Reagan Ranch Center ©
Reagan Ranch Center
Arroyo Burro County Beach Park ©
Arroyo Burro County Beach Park
The Historic La Arcada Courtyard ©
The Historic La Arcada Courtyard

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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. On the 17th (Thu), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Carmel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Carmel takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in October, you will find days in Carmel are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Historic Sites Spas Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Ocean Avenue ©
Ocean Avenue
Spas

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco online route planner .

Getting from Carmel to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Grace Cathedral ©
Grace Cathedral

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