33 days in United States Itinerary

33 days in United States Itinerary

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33 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 30​min
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
+3
Bus + Fly + Bus + Train:  12​h
5
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
New York City
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Drive:  9​h
7
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
8
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
9
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

1
night
Honolulu, Oahu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, then go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at USS Arizona Memorial. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Iolani Palace and then stroll through Waikiki Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Honolulu vacation planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Honolulu is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Honolulu, you'll gain 20 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in December, Honolulu is a bit warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach

2
nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim (about 30 minutes away). Pack the 19th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Getty Center, put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles tour itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Los Angeles takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and tram; or fly. Traveling from Honolulu to Los Angeles, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Honolulu in December, expect nights in Los Angeles to be much colder, around 11°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

4
nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Take a break from Las Vegas with a short trip to Hoover Dam in Boulder City, about 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains, examine the collection at The Mob Museum, take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, and shop like a local with The Strip.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Las Vegas online holiday planner .

You can fly from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, things will get a bit cooler in Las Vegas: highs are around 16°C and lows about 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Hoover Dam
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

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.
Spend the 25th (Wed) exploring nature at Grand Canyon National Park. On the 27th (Fri), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's still lots to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, don't miss a visit to Powell Point, take some stellar pictures from Lookout Studio, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from Las Vegas in December, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be cooler, around -11°C, while days are little chillier, around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

2
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.
Washington DC is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, get a sense of history and politics at The Pentagon, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and get lost in a book at Library of Congress.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Washington DC visit planner.

Do a combination of bus, flight, and train from Grand Canyon National Park to Washington DC in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Washington DC, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December, you will find days in Washington DC are somewhat warmer (12°C), and nights are much hotter (3°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum

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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, take in panoramic vistas at Top of the Rock, admire the landmark architecture of Grand Central Terminal, and pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our New York City trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Washington DC to New York City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. December in New York City sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums 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

2
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.
Spend the 6th (Mon) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in the dramatic natural features at Lower Geyser Basin, witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, and get great views at Lookout Point.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and car from New York City to Yellowstone National Park takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Yellowstone National Park. While traveling from New York City, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Yellowstone National Park, ranging from highs of -5°C to lows of -20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Lower Geyser Basin ©
Lower Geyser Basin
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Dedicate the 10th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, wander the streets of Union Square, and step aboard SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco travel planner.

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco by combination of car and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and subway; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in January: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 17°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

4
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.
On the 12th (Sun), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Curry Village Ice Rink, make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and trek along Tuolumne Meadows.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park online travel planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. While traveling from San Francisco, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski Area
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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