36 days in United States Itinerary

36 days in United States Itinerary

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36 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Drive:  20​h 30​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
2
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
7
Washington DC
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Philadelphia
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
9
New York City
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
10
Miami
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Melbourne


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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Glacier Point and Dodge Ridge. Visiting Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center and Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Yosemite National Park side-trips: June Mountain (in June Lake) and Footloose Sports in Mammoth Lakes (in Mammoth Lakes). On the 21st (Mon), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip tool .

Melbourne, Australia to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 20.5-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 (Victoria) (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -18 hour difference. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect Yosemite National Park to be much colder, temps between 9°C and -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Mammoth Lakes, June Mountain, Dodge Ridge
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake
Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski Area

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On the 25th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach, and then stop by Brown Butter Cookie Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Cambria Nursery & Florist.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Simeon vacation site .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Simeon takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, things will get a bit warmer in San Simeon: highs are around 20°C and lows about 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cambria, Brown Butter Cookie Company
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

3
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. We've included these beaches for you: Point Lobos and Carmel River State Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Monterey Bay Aquarium. Explore Carmel's surroundings by going to Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, Partington Cove, & more). The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, and learn about winemaking at Dawn's Dream Winery.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel travel route planner.

Getting from San Simeon to Carmel by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Carmel when traveling from San Simeon in December, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Bodega Head. Visit Castello di Amorosa and Twin Peaks for their historical value. Change things up with a short trip to Huge Bear at The Bank Tasting Saloon in Calistoga (about 1h 35 min away). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Union Square, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park, and don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco day trip site .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In December in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Calistoga, Bodega Head
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

1
night
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 3rd (Sun): stroll through La Jolla Cove and then browse the exhibits of Maritime Museum of San Diego.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Diego trip planner .

Getting from San Francisco to San Diego by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in January, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Valley of Fire State Park and Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. Escape the urban bustle at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Spend the 7th (Thu) exploring the stark beauty of Escape Adventures and Las Vegas Cyclery. The adventure continues: get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains, and explore the stunning scenery at Hoover Dam Bypass.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Las Vegas trip itinerary maker site .

You can fly from San Diego to Las Vegas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from San Diego in January: high temperatures in Las Vegas hover around 17°C and lows are around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Valley of Fire State Park
Highlights from your plan
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park
The Strip ©
The Strip

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at National Gallery of Art and National Air and Space Museum. Appreciate the collections at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Washington DC: Berryville (My Neighbor and Me & Nalls Farm Market). And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, see the interesting displays at Newseum, and appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Washington DC trip app .

You can fly from Las Vegas to Washington DC in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 3 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Las Vegas in January: high temperatures in Washington DC hover around 7°C and lows are around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Berryville, Arlington National Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
Arlington National Cemetery ©
Arlington National Cemetery

4
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Escape the urban bustle at Sunset Beach and Cape May Bird Observatory. Head to Blue Eden and Out of the Past Antiquesfor some retail therapy. Venture out of the city with trips to Cape May (West End Garage & Cape May City Beaches), Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (in Oceanville) and Kona Surf Co. (in Wildwood). The adventure continues: get a sense of history and politics at Independence Hall.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Philadelphia online tour builder .

You can take a train from Washington DC to Philadelphia in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In January in Philadelphia, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to New York City.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape May, Sunset Beach, Blue Eden, Cape May Bird Observatory, Kona Surf Co.
Highlights from your plan
Sunset Beach ©
Sunset Beach
Cape May City Beaches ©
Cape May City Beaches

4
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.
Appreciate the collections at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Ellis Island. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like American Museum of Natural History and 9/11 Memorial. There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of Central Park, wander the streets of Fifth Avenue, examine the collection at Tenement Museum, and appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for New York City using our trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Philadelphia to New York City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January in New York City, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Miami.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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 ©
American Museum of Natural History

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nights
Miami

Miami ©
Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Lincoln Road and Art Deco Historic District. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kirby Storter Roadside Park and Sawgrass Mills. Get out of town with these interesting Miami side-trips: Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Ochopee), Shark Valley (in Everglades National Park) and Hollywood Beach (in Hollywood). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Ocean Drive and browse the different shops at Bayside Marketplace.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Miami tour planning site .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and tram from New York City to Miami in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and tram; or drive. In January, Miami is warmer than New York City - with highs of 29°C and lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Miami

Outdoors Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Miami Beach, Ochopee, Shark Valley Visitor Center, Hollywood Beach, Sawgrass Mills
Highlights from your plan
Shark Valley Visitor Center ©
Shark Valley Visitor Center
Hollywood Beach ©
Hollywood Beach
Art Deco Historic District ©
Art Deco Historic District

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