42 days in United States Itinerary

42 days in United States Itinerary

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42 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  25​h
1
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 30​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
3
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
4
New Orleans
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Memphis
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Philadelphia
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
7
New York City
— 7 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  31​h
8
Everglades National Park
— 5 nights
bus:  5​h 45​min
9
Key West
— 7 nights
Fly:  35​h
End: Perth

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wine Tours & Tastings and Walking tours. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing) and VJB Cellars (in Kenwood). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, take in the views from San Francisco Bay Bridge, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco journey builder .

Perth, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 25-hour flight. Traveling from Perth to San Francisco, you'll gain 16 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Perth in December, you will find days in San Francisco are colder (17°C), and nights are little chillier (8°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Wine Tours & Tastings, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Marin Headlands, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, VJB Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bright Angel Trail and Lipan Point. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Yaki Point, steep yourself in history at Navajo Bridge, explore the stunning scenery at Inner Canyon, and take a memorable drive along East Rim Drive.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park road trip planning tool .

Do a combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to Grand Canyon National Park in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. When traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 8°C, while nights are much colder with lows around -11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Lipan Point ©
Lipan Point
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Yaki Point ©
Yaki Point

3
nights
Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Explore hidden gems such as The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. Take a break from Santa Fe with a short trip to Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos, about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Canyon Road, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, admire the masterpieces at San Miguel Chapel, and stop by Wind River Trading Company.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Santa Fe route planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Santa Fe takes 7.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Santa Fe, with lows around -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Millicent Rogers Museum
Highlights from your plan
San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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 Escape My Room New Orleans and Garden District. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of St. Louis Cathedral, stroll around New Orleans Musical Legends Park, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and explore the world behind art at The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the New Orleans trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Santa Fe to New Orleans takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Santa Fe in December, expect nights in New Orleans to be much warmer, around 16°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Memphis.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Escape My Room New Orleans ©
Escape My Room New Orleans
Garden District ©
Garden District
St. Louis Cathedral ©
St. Louis Cathedral

2
nights
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 18th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Graceland, see the interesting displays at Stax Museum of American Soul Music, and then contemplate the long history of Sun Studio. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, stop by Lansky, then don't miss a visit to Beale Street, and finally admire the masterpieces at Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Memphis trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from New Orleans to Memphis takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from New Orleans in December, Memphis is a bit cooler at night with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Stax Museum of American Soul Music ©
Beale Street ©
Beale Street

1
night
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Eastern State Penitentiary, admire the masterpieces at Barnes Foundation, and then get your game on at Bury The Hatchet Philadelphia - Axe Throwing.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Philadelphia itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Memphis to Philadelphia takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. While traveling from Memphis, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Philadelphia, ranging from highs of 10°C to lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to New York City.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Barnes Foundation ©
Barnes Foundation
Eastern State Penitentiary ©
Eastern State Penitentiary

7
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Food Tours and The Met Cloisters. There's much more to do: make a trip to Central Park, admire the striking features of Empire State Building, appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our New York City vacation planning tool .

You can take a train from Philadelphia to New York City in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. December in New York City sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Everglades National Park.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

5
nights
Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park ©
A vast expanse of pristine wetlands, Everglades National Park holds the distinction of being the largest tropical wilderness in the U.S.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Anhinga Trail and Eco Pond. When in Everglades National Park, make a side trip to see Big Cypress National Preserve in Ochopee, approximately 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Shark Valley, trek along 99 Mile Wilderness Waterway, take a leisurely stroll along West Lake Trail, and contemplate the waterfront views at Slough Slog.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Everglades National Park online trip itinerary maker .

You can take a bus from New York City to Everglades National Park in 31 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from New York City in December: high temperatures in Everglades National Park hover around 31°C and lows are around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time for the bus ride to Key West.

Things to do in Everglades National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Big Cypress National Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Slough Slog ©
Slough Slog
Anhinga Trail ©
Anhinga Trail
Shark Valley Visitor Center ©
Shark Valley Visitor Center

7
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dry Tortugas National Park and U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum. There's much more to do: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, visit a coastal fixture at Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Key West travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Everglades National Park to Key West by bus takes about 6 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Key West

Parks Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Dry Tortugas National Park ©
Dry Tortugas National Park
Saint Mary Star of the Sea ©
Saint Mary Star of the Sea

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