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:  21​h
1
Anchorage
— 1 night
+3
Drive + Fly + Foot + Shuttle:  9​h 30​min
2
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
San Antonio
— 2 nights
Fly + Foot:  7​h
4
New York City
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
8
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
9
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
10
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Sydney

1
night
Anchorage

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): contemplate the long history of Oscar Anderson House Museum and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Anchorage trip website .

Sydney, Australia to Anchorage is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of train, flight, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Anchorage is minus 19 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Sydney in April, with highs in Anchorage at 9°C and lows at 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Anchorage

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Oscar Anderson House Museum ©
Oscar Anderson House Museum

1
night
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
On the 3rd (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods.

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Traveling by combination of car and flight from Anchorage to Colorado Springs takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Alaska Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Anchorage in April, you will find days in Colorado Springs are somewhat warmer (18°C), and nights are about the same (1°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time for travel to San Antonio.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

2
nights
San Antonio

San Antonio ©
As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
On the 4th (Thu), contemplate the long history of The Alamo, then contemplate the long history of Mission San Jose, then get to know the fascinating history of La Villita Historic Arts Village, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with The San Antonio River Walk.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Antonio tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Colorado Springs to San Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Colorado Springs to San Antonio is 1 hour. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Colorado Springs in April, with highs in San Antonio at 32°C and lows at 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
Mission San Jose ©
Mission San Jose

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.
Shop till you drop at Fifth Avenue and Kalustyan's. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Times Square are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in New York City, make a side trip to see Gateway National Recreation in Sandy Hook, approximately 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Paul's Chapel, see the interesting displays at New York Public Library, and contemplate the long history of Ellis Island.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our New York City trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Antonio to New York City in 7 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. While traveling from San Antonio, expect cooler days and a bit cooler nights in New York City, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Gateway National Recreation
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
American Museum of Natural History ©

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.
On the 11th (Thu), explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art and then admire the striking features of Washington National Cathedral. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Tidal Basin, and finally appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Washington DC online journey planner .

You can fly from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from New York City in April, you will find days in Washington DC are a bit warmer (24°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum ©

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Strip and The Mob Museum. For shopping fun, head to The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian or Barneys New York. The adventure continues: ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains, try to win big at New York New York Casino, make a trip to Paris Las Vegas, and take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Las Vegas holiday builder tool .

You can fly from Washington DC to Las Vegas in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Washington DC in April: high temperatures in Las Vegas hover around 31°C and lows are around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Casinos Fun & Games Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

5
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.
Head to Canyon Village Marketplace and Hopi Housefor some retail therapy. Get in touch with nature at Rim Trail and Bright Angel Trail. And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, head outdoors with Shoshone Point, take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point, and stroll through South Kaibab Trail.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park trip planning tool .

Getting from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park by combination of car and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Las Vegas in April, plan for slightly colder days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 19°C, while nights are much colder with lows around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

5
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Santa Monica Pier and Angelino Heights Historic Area. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach), Hermosa Beach Pier (in Hermosa Beach) and Zuma Beach (in Malibu). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Will Rogers State Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, enjoy the sand and surf at Cabrillo Beach, and make a trip to Watts Towers.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planning tool .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in April, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Zuma Beach, Hermosa Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nature Center at Happy Isles and Yosemite Valley Loop Trail. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Merced Grove, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and trek along Wawona Meadow.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in April, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around -2°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Yosemite Valley Loop Trail ©
Yosemite Valley Loop Trail

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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.
Shop till you drop at Ferry Building Marketplace and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach) and Montara State Beach (in Montara). And it doesn't end there: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, enjoy the sand and surf at Baker Beach, make a trip to Nob Hill, and take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Francisco day trip planning site .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
SoMa ©
SoMa

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