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:  19​h 30​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
3
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
4
Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  9​h
5
New York City
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
6
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
7
Kihei, Maui
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
8
Honolulu, Oahu
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Sydney

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 Taft Point and Sentinel Dome. Spend the 22nd (Sat) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and examine the collection at Yosemite Museum Gallery.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park itinerary maker tool .

Sydney, Australia to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, subway, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -18 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in June, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are slightly colder (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park ©

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Head to Union Square and Ferry Building Marketplacefor plenty of shopping. There's much more to do: explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco travel route planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, expect nights in San Francisco to be a bit warmer, around 15°C, while days are slightly colder, around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

3
nights
Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
Get in touch with nature at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and Iceberg Lake Trail. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Grinnell Glacier, trek along Highline Trail, explore the striking landscape at Jackson Glacier Overlook, and explore the activities along Swiftcurrent Lake.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Glacier National Park trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from San Francisco to Glacier National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco to Glacier National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 8°C in Glacier National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail

5
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.
Get outdoors at Artist Point and Old Faithful. Bring the kids along to Grand Loop Road and Lehardy's Rapids. Spend the 4th (Thu) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, trek along North Rim Trail, explore the striking landscape of Artists’ Paintpots, and take in the dramatic natural features at Lower Geyser Basin.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park road trip tool .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car from Glacier National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 8 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Glacier National Park in July; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 26°C and lows reach 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Artist Point ©
Artist Point
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Yellowstone National Park ©
Yellowstone National Park

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.
Head to Fifth Avenue and MoMA Design Storefor some retail therapy. Appreciate the collections at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial, wander the streets of Times Square, contemplate the long history of Ellis Island, and make a trip to Empire State Building.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the New York City holiday planner.

You can do a combination of car, flight, and bus from Yellowstone National Park to New York City in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Yellowstone National Park to New York City is 2 hours. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in New York City, with highs around 35°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like San Diego Zoo and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Get some cultural insight at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and San Diego Air & Space Museum. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove and stroll through Children's Pool.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Diego day trip planner .

Getting from New York City to San Diego by combination of bus and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in July, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Kihei.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

1
night
Kihei, Maui

Kihei ©
Stretching over 9.7 km (6 mi) of pristine south Maui coastline, Kihei is the island's driest and sunniest region, making it a perfect location for water activities and beach leisure.
On the 17th (Wed), admire the majestic nature at Iao Valley and then kick back and relax at Wailea Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kihei online holiday planner .

You can fly from San Diego to Kihei in 7.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST) is minus 2 hours. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kihei: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Kihei

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Iao Valley, Wailea Beach
Highlights from your plan
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach
Iao Valley ©
Iao Valley

4
nights
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Waikiki Beach and Sunset Beach Park. Get a sense of the local culture at USS Arizona Memorial and National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. When in Honolulu, make a side trip to see Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument in Pupukea, approximately 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument, take in the dramatic scenery at Manoa Falls, and explore the activities along Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Honolulu vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Kihei to Honolulu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. On the 21st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument, Sunset Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument

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