36 days in United States Itinerary

36 days in United States Itinerary

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36 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  22​h
1
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
2
Chicago
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
New York City
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Taxi:  5​h 15​min
5
Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  6​h 45​min
6
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  10​h
8
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
9
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
10
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Sydney

3
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.
On the 1st (Mon), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Mount Washburn. Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, explore and take pictures at Artist Point, witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, and contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone Lake.

To find out how to plan a trip to Yellowstone National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

Sydney, Australia to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 17 hours traveling from Sydney to Yellowstone National Park. Traveling from Sydney in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Yellowstone National Park, with lows of 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Mount Washburn ©
Mount Washburn
Yellowstone Lake ©
Yellowstone Lake

1
night
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): admire all the interesting features of Wrigley Field, then get to know the fascinating history of Millennium Park, then admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, and finally admire the local landmark of Buckingham Fountain. On the next day, meet the residents at Shedd Aquarium, then engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, and then take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Chicago trip planner .

Do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Chicago in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Chicago is 1 hour. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, you will find days in Chicago are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are much hotter (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Wrigley Field ©
Wrigley Field
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

3
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 fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Lincoln Memorial, and explore the activities along Tidal Basin.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Washington DC trip planner .

You can fly from Chicago to Washington DC in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in July, things will get a bit warmer in Washington DC: highs are around 37°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Highlights from your plan
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

5
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: admire all the interesting features of Central Park, admire the landmark architecture of Rockefeller Center, don't miss a visit to Empire State Building, and pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the New York City trip planner .

You can fly from Washington DC to New York City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In July, daytime highs in New York City are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Gatlinburg.

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

3
nights
Gatlinburg

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
When in Gatlinburg, make a side trip to see River Rafting & Tubing in Hartford, approximately 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, tour the pleasant surroundings at Chimneys Picnic Area, contemplate the long history of Walker Sisters' Cabin, and explore the striking landscape at Chimney Tops Trail.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Gatlinburg trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from New York City to Gatlinburg takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Gatlinburg can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Chimneys Picnic Area ©
Chimneys Picnic Area
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte

3
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.
Go for a jaunt from Las Vegas to Boulder City to see Hoover Dam about 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, and try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Gatlinburg to Las Vegas in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Gatlinburg to Las Vegas is minus 3 hours. In July, Las Vegas is a bit warmer than Gatlinburg - with highs of 47°C and lows of 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trip

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

4
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 21st (Sun), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's still lots to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, stroll through North Kaibab Trail, get great views at Mohave Point, and cruise along East Rim Drive.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park online trip builder .

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 moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Las Vegas in July; daily highs in Grand Canyon National Park reach 34°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Seattle.

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

1
night
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
On the 24th (Wed), see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, wander the streets of Pike Place Market, then admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Seattle Art Museum, take a leisurely stroll along Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Seattle Aquarium.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Seattle holiday maker site .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Seattle in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Seattle. While traveling from Grand Canyon National Park, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Seattle, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

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nights
San Francisco

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, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and stroll through Golden Gate Park.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco road trip website .

Do a combination of flight and subway from Seattle to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Seattle in July, plan for little chillier days in San Francisco, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and trek along Panorama Trail.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park tour itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 9°C. You will leave for home on the 2nd (Fri).

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

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