32 days in United States Itinerary

32 days in United States Itinerary

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32 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Bus:  26​h
1
New York City
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
2
Philadelphia
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 45​min
3
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Memphis
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
6
New Orleans
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
Houston
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Fort Worth
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
9
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
10
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Taxi:  7​h 30​min
11
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
12
Monument Valley
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
13
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
14
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
15
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
16
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Sydney

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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.
On the 1st (Fri), enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): go for a walk through Central Park and then examine the collection at New York Public Library.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the New York City day trip planning website .

Sydney, Australia to New York City is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -15 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in April; daily highs in New York City reach 19°C and lows reach 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Tours Museums
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Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
Food Tours

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Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
On the 3rd (Sun), explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art, admire the masterpieces at Barnes Foundation, then stop by Macy's Philadelphia, and finally make a trip to Wanamaker Organ.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Philadelphia trip itinerary planner .

Take a train from New York City to Philadelphia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Shopping
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Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Barnes Foundation ©
Barnes Foundation
Wanamaker Organ ©
Wanamaker Organ

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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and then learn about all things military at National Museum of the Marine Corps. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of African American History and Culture, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Washington DC day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Philadelphia to Washington DC takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Washington DC, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

National Museum of the Marine Corps, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Walking tours
National Museum of the Marine Corps ©

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Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
On the 6th (Wed), indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink. On your second day here, get your game on at The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill), take in the views from Cumberland River Pedestrian Bridge, then catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, and finally take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Nashville day trip app .

You can fly from Washington DC to Nashville in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Nashville is minus 1 hour. May in Nashville sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Tours Nightlife Fun & Games
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Beer Tastings & Tours
The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe ©
The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe

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Memphis

Memphis ©
The largest city on the Mississippi River, Memphis bills itself as both the "Birthplace of Rock" and "Home of the Blues." With such a rich musical heritage, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Elvis Presley chose to live in Memphis during his later years.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): make a trip to Graceland, then gain insight at Stax Museum of American Soul Music, and then contemplate the long history of Sun Studio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, then get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street, then stop by Lansky, and finally explore the world behind art at Dixon Gallery & Gardens.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Memphis online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Nashville to Memphis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to New Orleans.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Stax Museum of American Soul Music ©
Dixon Gallery & Gardens ©
Dixon Gallery & Gardens

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): examine the collection at Whitney Plantation, sample the fine beverages at Old New Orleans Rum Distillery, then admire the landmark architecture of St. Louis Cathedral, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Garden District. On the next day, put a fun spin on your tour with Escape My Room New Orleans, then learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, then admire the masterpieces at The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA, and finally capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the New Orleans trip builder website .

Getting from Memphis to New Orleans by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. Traveling from Memphis in May, you will find days in New Orleans are little chillier (24°C), and nights are a bit warmer (24°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Houston.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Whitney Plantation
Highlights from your plan
Escape My Room New Orleans ©
Escape My Room New Orleans
Whitney Plantation ©
Whitney Plantation
Garden District ©
Garden District

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Houston

Houston ©
Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): stroll the grounds of Glenwood Cemetery, then see the interesting displays at Houston Museum District, and then get to know the resident critters at Houston Zoo. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Space Center Houston, admire the sheer force of Water Wall, and then get curious at Cockrell Butterfly Center.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Houston day trip tool .

You can fly from New Orleans to Houston in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from New Orleans in May, you will find days in Houston are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Fort Worth.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Houston Museum District ©
Houston Museum District
Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston
Houston Zoo ©
Houston Zoo

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Fort Worth

Fort Worth ©
Advertising itself as the place where the American West begins, Fort Worth stubbornly clings to its cowboy roots, making it a distinctly different town from most other urban centers of its size.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, examine the collection at Amon Carter Museum of American Art, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Texas Civil War Museum, ponder the world of politics at Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and then bet on your favorite at Texas Motor Speedway.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Fort Worth holiday planner .

You can drive from Houston to Fort Worth in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Houston in May, expect little chillier with lows of 20°C in Fort Worth. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Fort Worth

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Amon Carter Museum of American Art ©
Texas Motor Speedway ©
Texas Motor Speedway

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Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, then walk around Washington Park, then examine the collection at Forney Museum of Transportation, and finally take an in-depth tour of Golden History Museum & Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): listen to music at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then examine the collection at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, then browse the collection at Denver Public Library, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Denver day trip planning app .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Fort Worth to Denver in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Fort Worth to Denver, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Fort Worth in May, you will find days in Denver are little chillier (22°C), and nights are colder (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trip

Golden History Museum & Park
Highlights from your plan
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): gain insight at Yellowstone Institute and then explore the striking landscape of Old Faithful Visitor Education Center. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Observation Point Trail and then take in the natural beauty of Steamboat Geyser.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park road trip app .

Do a combination of flight and car from Denver to Yellowstone National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and car; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Denver in May: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 13°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Steamboat Geyser ©
Steamboat Geyser
Yellowstone Institute
Yellowstone Institute
Observation Point Trail ©
Observation Point Trail

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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.
On the 20th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mesa Verde National Park, then trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, and then don't miss a visit to Park Point.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park trip planner .

Do a combination of car, flight, and taxi from Yellowstone National Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in May: high temperatures in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 26°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Mesa Verde National Park ©
Mesa Verde National Park

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Monument Valley

Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, then stroll around Sandstone Tours, and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Monument Valley road trip app .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Monument Valley in 4 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in May since evenings lows in Monument Valley dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Parks Tours Nature
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Bright Angel Trail and then get great views at Lipan Point. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the stunning scenery at Inner Canyon, see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio, then get great views at Lookout Studio, and finally take a memorable drive along East Rim Drive.

Find out how to plan Grand Canyon National Park trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from Monument Valley to Grand Canyon National Park in 3.5 hours. In May, Grand Canyon National Park is a bit cooler than Monument Valley - with highs of 23°C and lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Lipan Point ©
Lipan Point
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
East Rim Drive ©
East Rim Drive

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Las Vegas

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
On the 24th (Sun), have some family-friendly fun at Dig This, admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour. Keep things going the next day: enjoy some diversion at Strip Gun Club, then get your game on at Axe Monkeys, and then take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas day trip planning app .

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas. While traveling from Grand Canyon National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Tours Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Dig This ©
Dig This
Axe Monkeys ©
Axe Monkeys

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then see the interesting displays at The Nethercutt Collection, then make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens and then walk around Heisler Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to Los Angeles takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in May, expect Los Angeles to be slightly colder, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Heisler Park, The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): snap pictures at San Francisco Bay Bridge and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Legion of Honor, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco travel route builder site .

Getting from Los Angeles to San Francisco by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in May: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 24°C and lows are around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Wine Tours & Tastings

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