38 days in United States Itinerary

38 days in United States Itinerary

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38 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly + bus:  28​h
1
New York City
— 8 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Philadelphia
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Houston
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
7
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Cambria
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
San Jose
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
10
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Perth

8
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: stroll through Central Park, don't miss a visit to Empire State Building, wander the streets of Times Square, and admire the landmark architecture of Rockefeller Center.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the New York City trip builder site .

Perth, Australia to New York City is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Perth to New York City, you'll gain 13 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Perth in January; daily highs in New York City reach 5°C and lows reach -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

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

3
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Take a break from Philadelphia with a short trip to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, about 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, get a sense of history and politics at Independence Hall, take an in-depth tour of Eastern State Penitentiary, and stroll around Wissahickon Valley Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Philadelphia trip planner .

You can take a train from New York City to Philadelphia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Philadelphia can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Longwood Gardens, Harrah's Philadelphia, Bury The Hatchet Cherry Hill - Axe Throwing
Highlights from your plan
Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts ©

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 23rd (Thu), get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, then see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Washington Monument, and finally appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, ponder the world of politics at United States Capitol, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, and finally ponder the world of politics at White House.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Washington DC trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Philadelphia to Washington DC by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Houston.

Things to do in Washington DC

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

2
nights
Houston

Houston ©
Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
On the 25th (Sat), get in on the family fun at Kemah Boardwalk, then have some family-friendly fun at Escape Hunt, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Houston Zoo. Keep things going the next day: engage your brain at The Houston Museum of Natural Science and then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Seawall.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Houston trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Washington DC to Houston in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Washington DC in January, expect Houston to be a bit warmer, temps between 20°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

The Seawall, Kemah Boardwalk
Highlights from your plan
Escape Hunt ©
Escape Hunt
The Houston Museum of Natural Science ©
Houston Zoo ©
Houston Zoo

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, and finally take in panoramic vistas at High Roller. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum and then get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Las Vegas trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Houston to Las Vegas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Las Vegas when traveling from Houston in January, with lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim and then hike along Bright Angel Trail.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park trip builder app .

You can drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Las Vegas in January, plan for slightly colder days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 7°C, while nights are colder with lows around -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

6
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, & more). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Getty Center, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles journey maker .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in January; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 24°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

1
night
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). On the 5th (Wed), hike along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach, and then explore and take pictures at Moonstone Beach Dr. On the next day, get a taste of the local shopping with Amphora Gallery, hike along Bluff Trail, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cambria trip site .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Cambria in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in February, things will get little chillier in Cambria: highs are around 22°C and lows about 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Cambria

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Friends of the Elephant Seal
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

3
nights
San Jose

San Jose ©
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Get out of town with these interesting San Jose side-trips: Monterey (17-Mile Drive & Monterey Bay Aquarium) and Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard (in Pacific Grove). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Sikh Gurdwara, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Umunhum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Jose Betsuin Buddhist Church, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip planner .

You can drive from Cambria to San Jose in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Cambria in February since evenings lows in San Jose dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

5
nights
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: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, wander the streets of SoMa, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and walk around Golden Gate Park.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip planner .

Getting from San Jose to San Francisco by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in February, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

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