32 days in United States Itinerary

32 days in United States Itinerary

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32 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Bus:  27​h
1
New York City
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
New Orleans
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Denver
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
4
Telluride
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Monument Valley
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
7
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Taos
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​min
9
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

6
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.
You've now added Staten Island Ferry to your itinerary. The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, don't miss a visit to Rockefeller Center, enjoy breathtaking views from Top of the Rock Observation Deck, and learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History.

To find more things to do and tourist information, read our New York City trip itinerary maker.

Melbourne, Australia to New York City is an approximately 27-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to New York City, you'll gain 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in New York City, with lows around 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to New Orleans.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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
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.
New Orleans is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District, see the interesting displays at New Orleans Museum of Art, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our New Orleans trip builder.

You can fly from New York City to New Orleans in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in October, New Orleans is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
Garden District ©
Garden District
St. Louis Cathedral ©
St. Louis Cathedral

3
nights
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.
On the 19th (Thu), look for gifts at Tattered Cover Book Store and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Denver Zoo, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, and then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Denver trip builder.

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to Denver takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from New Orleans to Denver, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder evenings in Denver when traveling from New Orleans in October, with lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Telluride.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

3
nights
Telluride

Telluride ©
The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): make a trip to Main Street. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, then trek along Bear Creek Falls, and then make a trip to Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Telluride holiday planner.

Fly from Denver to Telluride in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Denver in October, with highs in Telluride at 13°C and lows at 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Telluride

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Ouray
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park ©
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park

2
nights
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. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, see the interesting displays at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum., and then look for gifts at Navajo Jewelry and Design. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Moki Dugway, then make a trip to Forrest Gump Point, and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Monument Valley trip builder.

Drive from Telluride to Monument Valley in 5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Telluride in October: high temperatures in Monument Valley hover around 24°C and lows are around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trips

Forrest Gump Point, Moki Dugway
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Moki Dugway ©
Moki Dugway

2
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.
On the 26th (Thu), trek along South Kaibab Trail, admire the landmark architecture of Lookout Studio, and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Bright Angel Trail.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park trip builder.

Traveling by car from Monument Valley to Grand Canyon National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Expect little chillier evenings in Grand Canyon National Park when traveling from Monument Valley in October, with lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail

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 Santa Fe's surroundings by going to Bandelier National Monument (in Los Alamos) and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (in Cochiti Pueblo). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, examine the collection at Museum of International Folk Art, ponder the world of politics at New Mexico Legislature, and make a trip to Vivo Contemporary.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Fe vacation planner.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Santa Fe in 7 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in October since evenings lows in Santa Fe dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Bandelier National Monument, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Highlights from your plan

2
nights
Taos

Taos ©
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): make a trip to Taos Plaza, then delve into the distant past at Taos Pueblo, then explore the world behind art at Millicent Rogers Museum, and finally take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, explore and take pictures at High Road to Taos, and then take an in-depth tour of Kit Carson Home & Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Taos vacation planner.

Getting from Santa Fe to Taos by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Taos when traveling from Santa Fe in October, with lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Taos

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Millicent Rogers Museum ©
Millicent Rogers Museum

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace, then catch a ride on Cable Cars, then don't miss a visit to Lombard Street, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and subway from Taos to San Francisco takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, train, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Taos to San Francisco. When traveling from Taos in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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