31 days in United States Itinerary

31 days in United States Itinerary

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31 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  29​h
1
Olympic National Park
— 2 nights
+3
ferry + foot + bus + ferry:  6​h
2
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
3
Seattle
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Yellowstone National Park
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h
5
New Orleans
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Drive:  5​h 45​min
7
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
8
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
10
Carmel
— 2 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Perth

2
nights
Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park ©
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take a peaceful walk through Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ruby Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): hike along Second Beach Trail and then admire all the interesting features of Hurricane Ridge.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Olympic National Park tour site .

Perth, Australia to Olympic National Park is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Olympic National Park is minus 16 hours. Traveling from Perth in August, Olympic National Park is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center ©
Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center
Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge

2
nights
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

Friday Harbor ©
The tiny town of Friday Harbor is the largest village on the San Juan Islands, and it fits within just 2.6 km (1 sq mi) of space.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Lime Kiln Point State Park, take in the exciting artwork at WaterWorks Gallery, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at San Juan Islands Sculpture Park, immerse yourself in nature at Stuart Island State Park, and then examine the collection at The Whale Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Friday Harbor trip planner .

Ride a ferry from Olympic National Park to Friday Harbor in 6 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to fly to Seattle.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trip

San Juan Islands Sculpture Park
Highlights from your plan
Lime Kiln Point State Park ©
Lime Kiln Point State Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Whale Museum ©
The Whale Museum

3
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sky View Observatory and Kerry Park. Get some cultural insight at Museum of Glass and The Museum of Flight. When in Seattle, make a side trip to see Boeing Future of Flight in Mukilteo, approximately 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, examine the collection at Museum of Pop Culture, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Seattle trip planner .

You can fly from Friday Harbor to Seattle in an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, Seattle is a bit warmer than Friday Harbor - with highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trips

Boeing Future of Flight, Museum of Glass
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Museum of Glass ©
Museum of Glass
Museum of Pop Culture ©
Museum of Pop Culture

7
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 off the beaten path and head to Grand Prismatic Spring and Yellowstone National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yellowstone National Park: Chapel of the Sacred Heart (in Moose), Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center (in West Yellowstone) and Grand Teton (in Grand Teton National Park). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Firehole Canyon Drive, take in the dramatic natural features at Gibbon Falls, take in the natural beauty of Norris Geyser Basin, and trek along Artist Point.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park. Traveling from Seattle in August, expect nights in Yellowstone National Park to be much colder, around 3°C, while days are little chillier, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Grand Teton National Park, Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Highlights from your plan
Norris Geyser Basin ©
Norris Geyser Basin
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton

3
nights
New Orleans

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Explore hidden gems such as Oak Alley Plantation and Houmas House Plantation and Gardens. Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site and The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around New Orleans: Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Slidell) and The Myrtles Plantation (in Saint Francisville). The adventure continues: put a fun spin on your tour with Escape My Room New Orleans, wander the streets of Royal Street, stroll the grounds of Lafayette Cemetery No.1, and examine the collection at Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World.

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Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to New Orleans takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, shuttle, and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Yellowstone National Park to New Orleans due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, expect nights in New Orleans to be much hotter, around 32°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Vacherie, The Myrtles Plantation, Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, Nature & Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Houmas House Plantation and Gardens ©

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yosemite, Tunnel View and El Capitan. Do some cultural sightseeing at Bodie State Historic Park and Mono Basin Historical Society. Take a break from Yosemite National Park with a short trip to Mono Lake Vista Point in Lee Vining, about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: cruise along Tioga Pass, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, and explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from New Orleans to Yosemite National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New Orleans in August, Yosemite National Park is cooler at night with lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Lee Vining, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Artists Palette, then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, and then cruise along Artists Dr. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point and then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park trip planning site .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park by combination of bus and car takes about 6 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, expect nights in Death Valley National Park to be warmer, around 24°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 43°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point

2
nights
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 25th (Tue), take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf, then don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, then get to know the resident critters at Santa Barbara Zoo, and finally learn about winemaking at Summerland Winery. Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Santa Barbara County Courthouse and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Santa Barbara tour planner.

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Santa Barbara by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, plan for colder days and a bit cooler nights in Santa Barbara: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Summerland Winery
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Simeon trip itinerary site .

Drive from Santa Barbara to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Santa Barbara in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 40°C by day to 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

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nights
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. Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then view the masterpieces at Wyland Gallery Carmel, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Carmel route builder website .

Drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in August, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are cooler, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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