38 days in United States Itinerary

38 days in United States Itinerary

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38 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 1 day
Fly:  7​h 45​min
2
Seattle
— 1 day
Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
New Orleans
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
New York City
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Orlando, Florida
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  4​h 30​min
7
Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
9
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
10
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
11
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
12
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
13
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
14
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
15
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

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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 24th (Wed): trek along Manoa Falls, identify plant and animal life at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, then explore and take pictures at Diamond Head State Monument, and finally take an in-depth tour of USS Arizona Memorial.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Honolulu online trip itinerary builder .

Melbourne, Australia to Honolulu is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 20 hours traveling from Melbourne to Honolulu. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in April: highs in Honolulu hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve ©
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

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day
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Glasshouse Studio, explore the world behind art at Seattle Art Museum, then wander the streets of Pike Place Market, then admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, use the Seattle trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Seattle takes 8 hours. The time zone difference moving from Hawaii Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is 2 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Honolulu in April, with highs in Seattle at 19°C and lows at 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

1
night
New Orleans

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): stroll through New Orleans City Park, then learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral, examine the collection at Cabildo, then get to know the fascinating history of French Quarter, and finally meet the residents at Audubon Zoo.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our New Orleans trip itinerary maker website .

You can fly from Seattle to New Orleans in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Seattle to New Orleans due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Seattle in April, plan for a bit warmer days in New Orleans, with highs around 25°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Garden District ©
Garden District
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
New Orleans City Park ©
New Orleans City Park

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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.
Washington DC is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, ponder the world of politics at United States Capitol, appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at National Zoological Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Washington DC vacation planning site .

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to Washington DC takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for colder nights when traveling from New Orleans in April since evenings lows in Washington DC dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
Tidal Basin ©
Tidal Basin
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum

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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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, admire the landmark architecture of Rockefeller Center, enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, and admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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

You can fly from Washington DC to New York City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. While traveling from Washington DC, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in New York City, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Orlando.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1
night
Orlando, Florida

Orlando ©
For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
On the 4th (Sat), discover the magic at Magic Kingdom Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): get in on the family fun at Walt Disney World Resort.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Orlando journey builder app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from New York City to Orlando takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in May, with highs in Orlando at 36°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Magic Kingdom Park ©
Magic Kingdom Park
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort

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nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Gatlinburg is known for breweries, zoos & aquariums, fun & games, museums, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, steep yourself in history at Little Greenbrier School, hike along Alum Cave Trail, and explore the striking landscape at Chimney Tops Trail.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Gatlinburg online trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight from Orlando to Gatlinburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, flight, and car; or drive. In May, Gatlinburg is little chillier than Orlando - with highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Highlights from your plan
Chimneys Picnic Area ©
Chimneys Picnic Area
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte
Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company

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nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 9th (Thu), get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, stroll through Lincoln Park Zoo, and then admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at The Field Museum, then meet the residents at Shedd Aquarium, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Milton Lee Olive Park, and finally explore and take pictures at Wrigley Field.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Chicago trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Gatlinburg to Chicago takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gatlinburg to Chicago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Gatlinburg in May, expect Chicago to be a bit cooler, temps between 25°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Shedd Aquarium ©
Shedd Aquarium

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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.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, trails, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Beehive Geyser, admire all the interesting features of Yellowstone Institute, appreciate the extensive heritage of Lone Star Geyser, and get great views at Observation Point Trail.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Chicago to Yellowstone National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in May, expect nights in Yellowstone National Park to be cooler, around -3°C, while days are little chillier, around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Lower Geyser Basin ©
Lower Geyser Basin
Grand Geyser ©
Grand Geyser

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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.
Take a break from Las Vegas with a short trip to Hoover Dam in Boulder City, about 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains, try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Strip, and browse the different shops at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip itinerary planning app .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Las Vegas in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Yellowstone National Park in May, with highs in Las Vegas at 36°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trip

Hoover Dam
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
Hoover Dam ©
Hoover Dam

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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.
On the 18th (Sat), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, get great views at Lipan Point, don't miss a visit to Moran Point, and hike along Rim Trail.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park. Traveling from Las Vegas in May, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are slightly colder (23°C), and nights are much colder (0°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (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
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): discover the magic at Disneyland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Staples Center, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then appreciate the history behind Guitar Center, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Los Angeles using our trip planner.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are warmer (17°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, then stroll through Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, and then stroll through San Diego Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and then let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island, wander the streets of Union Square, take a memorable ride with Cable Cars, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary maker tool .

Fly from San Diego to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in San Francisco, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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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.
Spend the 28th (Tue) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and hike along May Lake Trailhead.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park journey maker website .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Valley View ©
Valley View

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