35 days in United States Itinerary

35 days in United States Itinerary

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35 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  17​h
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Chicago
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
3
Niagara Falls
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
New York City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Orlando
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
New Orleans
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
8
Williams
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
10
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
11
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
12
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  8​h 30​min
13
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  3​h 30​min
14
Honolulu, Oahu
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Sydney

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San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, get curious at Exploratorium, and buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 18 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Sydney in April, with highs in San Francisco at 22°C and lows at 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

1
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Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 16th (Thu), walk around Millennium Park and then explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium, then see the interesting displays at The Field Museum, and then get to know the resident critters at Lincoln Park Zoo.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Chicago tour itinerary planning app .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Chicago takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 2 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in April, expect Chicago to be a bit cooler, temps between 17°C and 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Shedd Aquarium ©
Shedd Aquarium

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nights
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, admire the striking features of Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex, then try to win big at Seneca Niagara Casino, and finally admire the sheer force of Niagara Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium of Niagara, take in panoramic vistas at Niagara Falls Observation Tower, explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of the Winds, then brush up on your military savvy at Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady of Victory Basilica.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Niagara Falls trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Chicago to Niagara Falls takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Niagara Falls, with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trips

Buffalo, Our Lady of Victory Basilica
Highlights from your plan
Our Lady of Victory Basilica ©
Our Lady of Victory Basilica
Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls
Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds

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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.
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, don't miss a visit to Rockefeller Center, browse the exhibits of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument.

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

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Niagara Falls to New York City in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Niagara Falls in April, expect New York City to be a bit warmer, temps between 19°C and 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

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

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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 23rd (Thu): appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, then examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, then learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and finally ponder the world of politics at White House. On the next day, ponder the world of politics at United States Capitol, explore the activities along Tidal Basin, then take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Washington National Cathedral, and finally get to know the resident critters at National Zoological Park.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Washington DC travel itinerary planner .

You can fly from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. When traveling from New York City in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Washington DC: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
Tidal Basin ©
Tidal Basin

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nights
Orlando

Orlando ©
For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
Orlando is known for theme parks, nightlife, fun & games, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Universal's Islands of Adventure, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St James Roman Catholic Cathedral, get your game on at The Escape Game Orlando, and make an unforgettable trip to Epcot.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Orlando trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Orlando takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in April; daily highs in Orlando reach 34°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Fun & Games Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Happily Ever After Fireworks ©
Happily Ever After Fireworks
Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort

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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Cabildo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Jackson Square, then learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Garden District. Keep things going the next day: stroll around New Orleans City Park, then appreciate the extensive heritage of French Quarter, and then get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the New Orleans vacation site .

You can fly from Orlando to New Orleans in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Orlando to New Orleans is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Orlando, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in New Orleans, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Williams.

Things to do in New Orleans

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

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Williams

Williams ©
A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Williams lies on one of the first highways ever built in America, the iconic "Route 66." The town boasts many inns, motels, restaurants, and shops, although its most important feature is serving as the southern terminus of a scenic railway leading to the area's most famous tourist attraction, the World Heritage-listed Grand Canyon.
On the 30th (Thu), get to know the resident critters at Grand Canyon Deer Farm, look for all kinds of wild species at Bearizona Wildlife Park, take an in-depth tour of Williams Depot, then see the interesting displays at Pete's Rt 66 Gas Station Museum, and finally do a tasting at Grand Canyon Wine Company. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Wild West Junction, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Grand Canyon Brewing Company, then take in breathtaking views at Sycamore Canyon, then see the interesting displays at Planes of Fame Air Museum, and finally stop by Bedrock City.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Williams day trip website .

You can fly from New Orleans to Williams in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New Orleans to Williams is minus 1 hour. When traveling from New Orleans in April, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Williams: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Williams

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Bearizona Wildlife Park ©
Bearizona Wildlife Park
Williams Depot ©
Williams Depot
Planes of Fame Air Museum ©
Planes of Fame Air Museum

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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 2nd (Sat): take some stellar pictures from Mather Point, then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, and then stroll through Bright Angel Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): hike along Rim Trail, hike along South Kaibab Trail, and then get great views at Grandview Point.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park vacation tool .

You can drive from Williams to Grand Canyon National Park in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Williams in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Grand Canyon National Park, with lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, and then ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): examine the collection at The Mob Museum, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at High Roller, then take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck, and finally admire the engineering at Hoover Dam.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip maker website .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

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

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San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
On the 6th (Wed), walk around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, then see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, then see the interesting displays at Old Town Model Railroad Depot, and finally let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Diego trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to San Diego takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Las Vegas, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Anaheim (Disney California Adventure Park & Disneyland Park). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, get curious at California Science Center, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planner .

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. May in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park ©
Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
On the 11th (Mon), stroll through Kilauea Iki Trailhead, take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, and finally admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls. On the next day, head outdoors with Keanakakoi Crater Overlook, witness a stunning natural landmark at Steam Vents, contemplate the geological forces at Kīlauea, then examine the collection at Jagger Museum, then get a taste of the local shopping with Volcano Art Center, and finally trek along Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hawaii Volcanoes National Park online itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Los Angeles to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in 8.5 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in May, with highs in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park at 32°C and lows at 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Hilo, Jagger Museum, Steam Vents
Highlights from your plan
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Liliuokalani Gardens ©
Liliuokalani Gardens
Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail ©
Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Honolulu: Haleiwa (Waimea Bay & Sunset Beach Park), Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua) and Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea). Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of USS Arizona Memorial, cruise along Makapu'u Point, steep yourself in history at Battleship Missouri Memorial, and buy something for everyone on your list at Ala Moana Center.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Honolulu visit planning app .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Honolulu in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, flight, and car. In May, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Makapu'u Point, Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument, Kailua Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument

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