31 days in West Coast & Continental USA Itinerary

31 days in West Coast & Continental USA Itinerary

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31 days in West Coast & Continental USA Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  17​h
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
New Orleans
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Orlando
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
St. Augustine
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Key West
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h
6
New York City
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  13​h 45​min
7
Honolulu, Oahu
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
Lahaina, Maui
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
9
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Sydney

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Exploratorium and Legion of Honor will appeal to museum buffs. Shop till you drop at Union Square and Ferry Building Marketplace. There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip planning tool .

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to San Francisco is minus 18 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in January, with highs in San Francisco at 17°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

3
nights
New Orleans

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Garden District and Royal Street. Popular historic sites such as Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site and St. Louis Cathedral are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: have fun at Escape My Room New Orleans, don't miss a visit to Jackson Square, examine the collection at The National WWII Museum, and admire the masterpieces at The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read New Orleans tour site .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to New Orleans takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to New Orleans. In January, daily temperatures in New Orleans can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Orlando.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site
Highlights from your plan
Garden District ©
Garden District
St. Louis Cathedral ©
St. Louis Cathedral

1
night
Orlando

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): explore the world behind art at Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art and then find something for the whole family at Universal's Islands of Adventure.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Orlando trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to Orlando takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from New Orleans to Orlando. While traveling from New Orleans, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Orlando, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to St. Augustine.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
Highlights from your plan
Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure

3
nights
St. Augustine

St. Augustine ©
SAINT AUGUSTINE | PONTE VEDRA on Florida's Historic Coast The Nation's oldest city (est. Discover out-of-the-way places like St. Augustine Distillery and Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum. Get outdoors at St. Augustine Beach and Fort Clinch State Park. Change things up with a short trip to Stetson Mansion in DeLand (about 1h 25 min away). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, Inc., take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, examine the collection at Lightner Museum, and deepen your understanding at Flagler College.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our St. Augustine journey maker site .

You can drive from Orlando to St. Augustine in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. While traveling from Orlando, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in St. Augustine, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Key West.

Things to do in St. Augustine

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Stetson Mansion, Fort Clinch State Park, Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum
Highlights from your plan
Fort Clinch State Park ©
Fort Clinch State Park
Stetson Mansion ©
Stetson Mansion

4
nights
Key West

Key West ©
Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fort Zachary Taylor and Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum. Let the collections at Truman Little White House and The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Key West: The Turtle Hospital (in Marathon) and Bahia Honda State Park (in Big Pine Key). Spend the 28th (Tue) exploring nature at Dry Tortugas National Park. There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, admire all the interesting features of The Overseas Highway, and brush up on your military savvy at U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Key West trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from St. Augustine to Key West takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from St. Augustine in January, with highs in Key West at 28°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Key West

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

The Turtle Hospital, Bahia Honda State Park
Highlights from your plan
Truman Little White House ©
Truman Little White House
Dry Tortugas National Park ©
Dry Tortugas National Park
Fort Zachary Taylor ©
Fort Zachary Taylor

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Visit 9/11 Memorial and St. Paul's Chapel for their historical value. There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, take in the views from Brooklyn Bridge, admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Modern Art, and learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read New York City travel planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Key West to New York City takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Key West in January: high temperatures in New York City hover around 5°C and lows are around -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Honolulu.

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 ©

3
nights
Honolulu, Oahu

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Take a break from the city and head to Swim with Dolphins and Lanikai Beach. Visit Makapuu Lighthouse Trail and Byodo-In Temple for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from Honolulu to Laie to see Polynesian Cultural Center about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Iolani Palace, stroll the grounds of USS Arizona Memorial, take a tour of Battleship Missouri Memorial, and examine the collection at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Honolulu trip builder app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to Honolulu in 14 hours. Another option is to fly. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Honolulu is minus 5 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from New York City in February: high temperatures in Honolulu hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Swim with Dolphins, Lanikai Beach, Byodo-In Temple, Polynesian Cultural Center
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail ©
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail
Iolani Palace ©
Iolani Palace

3
nights
Lahaina, Maui

Lahaina ©
Once the booming capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, the tropical paradise of Lahaina still remains one of Maui's top vacation attractions, providing both culture and recreation.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Zipline. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lahaina Front Street and Lahaina Banyan Court. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lahaina: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Kihei) and Wailea Beach (in Wailea). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Napili Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Lahaina trip itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Honolulu to Lahaina in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Wailea Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Lahaina Front Street ©
Lahaina Front Street
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach
Zipline

5
nights
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

Kailua-Kona ©
Thanks to its favorable location near a mountain range blocking the northeasterly trade winds, Kailua-Kona gets little rainfall, allowing adventure seekers and nature lovers a chance to enjoy over 300 days of sunshine each year.
Step out of the city life by going to Akaka Falls State Park and Punalu‘U Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Mauna Kea. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kailua-Kona: Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau), Rainbow Falls (in Hilo) and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako). It doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and relax in the rural setting at Greenwell Farms.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kailua-Kona day trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Lahaina to Kailua-Kona takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and flight. In February in Kailua-Kona, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. On the 14th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hilo, Punalu‘U Beach, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Greenwell Farms
Highlights from your plan
Punalu‘U Beach ©
Punalu‘U Beach
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©

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