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:  16​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h
4
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
5
New York City
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  13​h
6
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
8
Honolulu, Oahu
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
9
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Sydney

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Your inner history buff will appreciate SS Jeremiah O'Brien and The Embarcadero. The adventure continues: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, wander the streets of The Castro, get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read San Francisco online journey planner .

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 18 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in San Francisco reach 17°C and lows reach 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

5
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark and Yosemite Valley Chapel. Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. Spend the 5th (Thu) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's still lots to do: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and stroll through Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip maker .

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. When traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 9°C by day to -11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

3
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.
Get some historical perspective at El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Get in touch with nature at Will Rogers State Beach and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Del Rey Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles by combination of car and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, things will get much hotter in Los Angeles: highs are around 24°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Yellowstone National Park. On the 13th (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Mount Washburn. Spend the 14th (Sat) surrounded by wildlife at Grand Teton. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone Lake, identify plant and animal life at Lehardy's Rapids, take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin, and take some stellar pictures from Lookout Point.

Discover how to plan a Yellowstone National Park trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yellowstone National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Los Angeles to Yellowstone National Park. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in December, with highs in Yellowstone National Park at -5°C and lows at -19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Grand Teton
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Mount Washburn ©
Mount Washburn
Yellowstone National Park ©
Yellowstone National Park

3
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 some cultural insight at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Statue of Liberty National Monument. Popular historic sites such as 9/11 Memorial and St. Patrick's Cathedral are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Central Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Paul's Chapel, don't miss a visit to Empire State Building, and wander the streets of Times Square.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the New York City travel route builder website .

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to New York City by combination of car, flight, and bus takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in December: high temperatures in New York City hover around 10°C and lows are around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Times Square ©
Times Square

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Grand Canyon National Park and Grand Canyon South Rim. On the 22nd (Sun), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's much more to do: hike along Rim Trail, get great views at Yaki Point, stop by Lookout Studio, and stroll through North Kaibab Trail.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park online visit planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from New York City to Grand Canyon National Park takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Grand Canyon National Park. Plan for colder nights when traveling from New York City in December since evenings lows in Grand Canyon National Park dip to -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel 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
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): admire the majestic nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then try your luck at The Mirage, and then admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, then enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas, and then get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Las Vegas using our trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Grand Canyon National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Historic Sites Nature Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): kick back and relax at Kailua Beach Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Waikiki Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kapiolani Regional Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Honolulu trip planning tool .

You can fly from Las Vegas to Honolulu in 9 hours. Traveling from Las Vegas to Honolulu, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Honolulu is much hotter than Las Vegas - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Kailua Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Kapiolani Regional Park ©
Kapiolani Regional Park

2
nights
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

Kailua-Kona ©
Thanks to its favorable location near a mountain range blocking the northeasterly trade winds, Kailua-Kona gets little rainfall, allowing adventure seekers and nature lovers a chance to enjoy over 300 days of sunshine each year.
On the 30th (Mon), admire the majestic nature at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and then stroll through Honl Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through Kahaluu Beach, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park.

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Getting from Honolulu to Kailua-Kona by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. December in Kailua-Kona sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Kahaluu Beach
Highlights from your plan
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Swim with Dolphins

3
nights
Hilo, Island of Hawaii

Hilo ©
One of the island of Hawaii's major towns, Hilo contains a mix of Asian and Polynesian cultures and is known for its proximity to a national park encompassing two active volcanoes.
Get outdoors at Kilauea Iki Trailhead and Kulanaokuaiki Campground. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kalapana and Liliuokalani Gardens. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hilo: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail, Sulphur Banks, & more) and Jagger Museum (in Volcano).

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hilo road trip tool .

You can drive from Kailua-Kona to Hilo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Hilo when traveling from Kailua-Kona in December, with lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Jagger Museum
Highlights from your plan
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Kulanaokuaiki Campground ©
Kulanaokuaiki Campground
Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail ©
Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail

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