34 days in United States Itinerary

34 days in United States Itinerary

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34 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Sacramento
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
New Orleans
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  6​h
4
New York City
— 6 nights
Bus + Fly:  14​h 45​min
5
Fairbanks
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
6
Valdez
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Anchorage
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  25​h
End: Melbourne

2
nights
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): do a tasting at Michael David Vineyards, look for gifts at Consolidated Rock & Mineral Shop, and then revel in the low prices at Vacaville Premium Outlets. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Morningsun Herb Farm, then examine the collection at Travis Air Force Base Heritage Center, then learn about winemaking at Lucas Winery, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Lodi Lake Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Sacramento trip builder app .

Sydney, Australia to Sacramento is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -18 hour difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Sacramento hover around 17°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Sacramento

Shopping Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Lodi, Vacaville, Travis Air Force Base Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
Vacaville Premium Outlets ©
Vacaville Premium Outlets
Lucas Winery ©
Lucas Winery
Consolidated Rock & Mineral Shop ©
Consolidated Rock & Mineral Shop

6
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.
Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, & more), Oceanside Pier (in Oceanside) and Third Street Promenade (in Santa Monica). There's much more to do: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway, and kick back and relax at Santa Monica Bay.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Sacramento to Los Angeles takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sacramento in December, with highs in Los Angeles at 24°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Oceanside Pier
Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from New Orleans: Whitney Plantation (in Wallace) and Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site (in Vacherie). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The National WWII Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District, admire the striking features of St. Louis Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to French Quarter.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our New Orleans vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to New Orleans takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Los Angeles to New Orleans. When traveling from Los Angeles in December, plan for slightly colder days in New Orleans, with highs around 16°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site, Whitney Plantation
Highlights from your plan
Garden District ©
Garden District
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
St. Louis Cathedral ©
St. Louis Cathedral

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.
Get out of town with these interesting New York City side-trips: Princeton University (in Princeton) and Grounds For Sculpture (in Hamilton). The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument, take in the spiritual surroundings of Trinity Church, see the interesting displays at Museum of Jewish Heritage, and snap pictures at Brooklyn Bridge.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the New York City trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from New Orleans to New York City in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New Orleans to New York City is 1 hour. When traveling from New Orleans in December, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in New York City: temperatures range from 10°C by day to 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Brooklyn, Princeton University, Grounds For Sculpture
Highlights from your plan
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©
Ellis Island ©
Ellis Island

3
nights
Fairbanks

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
When in Fairbanks, make a side trip to see Chena Hot Springs Resort in Chena Hot Springs, approximately 1h 45 min away. Spend the 7th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus House, identify plant and animal life at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, and get a new perspective on nature at University of Alaska Museum of the North.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Fairbanks trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from New York City to Fairbanks by combination of bus and flight takes about 15 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST) is minus 4 hours. Traveling from New York City in January, things will get much colder in Fairbanks: highs are around -17°C and lows about -27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Valdez.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Chena Hot Springs Resort, Santa Claus House
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum ©
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum
University of Alaska Fairbanks ©
University of Alaska Fairbanks

1
night
Valdez

Valdez ©
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. On the 11th (Mon), explore the striking landscape at Worthington Glacier, go for a walk through Dock Point Park & Trail, and then see the interesting displays at Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): take in breathtaking views at Keystone Canyon, then delve into the lush surroundings at Chugach National Forest, and then get engrossed in the history at The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Valdez trip itinerary site .

Getting from Fairbanks to Valdez by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Fairbanks in January: high temperatures in Valdez hover around 0°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Valdez

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Chugach National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Worthington Glacier ©
Worthington Glacier
Chugach National Forest ©
Chugach National Forest
Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum ©
Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum

4
nights
Anchorage

Home to nearly half of Alaska's population, the port city of Anchorage covers a staggering area of over 4,900 sq km (1,900 sq mi) surrounded by mountains.
Spend the 13th (Wed) on the rails with a train tour. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, meet the residents at Alaska Zoo, and hike along Virgin Creek Falls Trail.

To find ratings and other tourist information, read our Anchorage itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Valdez to Anchorage in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of ferry and train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Valdez in January: high temperatures in Anchorage hover around -3°C and lows are around -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Rail Tours
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

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