36 days in United States Itinerary

36 days in United States Itinerary

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36 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  16​h
1
Los Angeles
— 14 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
5
Washington DC
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
New York City
— 12 nights
bus + Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Brisbane

14
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 outdoors at Running Horse Ranch and Tehachapi Mountain Park. Kids will appreciate attractions like Disneyland Park and Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Bear Lake (Gold Rush Mining Adventures & Pine Knot Trail), Anaheim (Disney California Adventure Park & Oak Canyon Nature Center) and Crystal Cove (in Laguna Beach). Pack the 11th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Heaps Peak Arboretum, take a memorable drive along Rincon Bike Trail, and take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles day trip planning website .

Brisbane, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Brisbane to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brisbane in November, plan for slightly colder nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Carpinteria, Anaheim, Malibu, Big Bear Lake, Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Point Loma, enjoy the sea views from Old Point Loma Lighthouse, and then stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, get a new perspective on nature at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and then stroll through Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read San Diego travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In December in San Diego, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Point Loma ©
Point Loma
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery

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 16th (Mon): explore the fascinating landscape at Escape Adventures and Las Vegas Cyclery.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Las Vegas sightseeing app .

Getting from San Diego to Las Vegas by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in December, things will get slightly colder in Las Vegas: highs are around 16°C and lows about 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Wildlife Trails Outdoors

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): admire all the interesting features of Alcatraz Island, get curious at Exploratorium, and then examine the collection at Cable Car Museum. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a peaceful walk through Muir Woods National Monument, then look for all kinds of wild species at Marin Headlands, and then get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco day trip planning app .

Fly from Las Vegas to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Las Vegas in December, San Francisco is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Marin Headlands, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

1
night
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 19th (Thu): learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, then see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Tomb of the Unknowns, and finally appreciate the history behind Lincoln Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial and then identify plant and animal life at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Washington DC trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to Washington DC in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or drive. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Francisco to Washington DC due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from San Francisco in December, with highs in Washington DC at 12°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 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

12
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge and Baiting Hollow Hummingbird Sanctuary. 9/11 Memorial and St. Patrick's Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near New York City: Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park (in Princeton), High Point Cross Country Ski Center (in Sussex) and Cornelia & Florence Bridge Nature Preserve (in Milford). Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Central Park, trek along Edgar Felix Memorial Bikeway, look for all kinds of wild species at Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge, and take a peaceful walk through Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the New York City trip planner.

Fly from Washington DC to New York City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December in New York City, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cragsmoor, Jenny Jump State Forest, Bliss Price Arboretum and Wildlife Sanctuary, Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge, Cornelia & Florence Bridge Nature Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Bushkill Falls ©
Bushkill Falls
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial

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