38 days in United States Itinerary

38 days in United States Itinerary

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38 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  18​h
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
New Orleans
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Panama City Beach
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h
5
Orlando
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
6
Islamorada
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
7
Marathon
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
8
Key West
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h
9
New York City
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Washington DC
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h
11
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Sydney


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3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Head to Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Annenberg Community Beach Housefor plenty of shopping. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Third Street Promenade (in Santa Monica) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive, look for gifts at Amoeba Music, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles planning site .

Sydney, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Los Angeles, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in July, expect Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, temps between 33°C and 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Two Rodeo Drive, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Willow Beach. Get some cultural insight at The Strip and The Mob Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Hoover Dam in Boulder City (about 50 minutes away). There's still lots to do: admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, make a trip to Paris Las Vegas, and browse the different shops at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, you will find days in Las Vegas are much hotter (47°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (32°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Willow Beach, Hoover Dam
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

2
nights
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.
Do your shopping at Royal Street and Faulkner House Books. Take a break from the city and head to Chalmette National Historical Park and Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Change things up with a short trip to Nature & Wildlife Tours in Slidell (about 48 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, stroll the grounds of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, get to know the fascinating history of Garden District, and admire the landmark architecture of St. Louis Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the New Orleans road trip tool .

Fly from Las Vegas to New Orleans in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in August, you will find days in New Orleans are slightly colder (32°C), and nights are about the same (32°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Panama City Beach.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Royal Street ©
Royal Street
Garden District ©
Garden District
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum

2
nights
Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach ©
Boasting 43 km (27 mi) of white sandy beaches and plenty of sunshine, Panama City Beach is an ideal choice for a relaxing holiday.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take a memorable tour with Tours, then learn about winemaking at Panama City Beach Winery, and then kick back and relax at Panama City Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, then kick back and relax at St. Andrews State Park, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Panama City Beach trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from New Orleans to Panama City Beach takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Traveling from New Orleans to Panama City Beach, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New Orleans in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Panama City Beach: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Panama City Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Panama City Beach Winery ©
Panama City Beach Winery
Scuba & Snorkeling
Panama City Beach ©
Panama City Beach

4
nights
Orlando

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.
Shop till you drop at The Mall at Millenia and Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets. There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Discovery Cove, make an unforgettable trip to Walt Disney World Resort, have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Orlando, and admire the landmark architecture of City Hall.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Orlando tour planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Panama City Beach to Orlando in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. August in Orlando sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Islamorada.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Shopping Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Happily Ever After Fireworks ©
Happily Ever After Fireworks
Discovery Cove ©
Discovery Cove
The Mall at Millenia ©
The Mall at Millenia

1
night
Islamorada

Islamorada, long recognized as one of the world's top spots for sport fishing, encompasses six islands in the Florida Keys.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then look for all kinds of wild species at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Islamorada Brewery & Distillery.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Islamorada journey builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Orlando to Islamorada in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. August in Islamorada sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Marathon.

Things to do in Islamorada

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Key Largo
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Swim with Dolphins

2
nights
Marathon

Marathon ©
A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
On the 12th (Thu), kick back and relax at Sombrero Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at The Turtle Hospital, and then admire the majestic nature at Bahia Honda State Park. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at San Pablo Catholic Church, take a memorable tour with Tours, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally view the masterpieces at Shady Palm Art Gallery & Photography.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Marathon itinerary maker .

Drive from Islamorada to Marathon in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Marathon sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Key West.

Things to do in Marathon

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Bahia Honda State Park
Highlights from your plan
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
Sombrero Beach ©
Sombrero Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Key West

Key West ©
Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
Shop till you drop at Alan S. Maltz Gallery and 7 Artists & Friends. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and Fort Zachary Taylor. There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, contemplate the long history of Truman Little White House, identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Key West trip maker app .

Traveling by bus from Marathon to Key West takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. August in Key West sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 32°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Alan S. Maltz Gallery ©
Alan S. Maltz Gallery
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Times Square and 9/11 Memorial. Visiting Ocean Grove Beach and Cupsogue Beach County Park will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting New York City side-trips: Great Neck Steppingstone Park (in Great Neck) and Ponquogue Beach (in Hampton Bays). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, take in the views from Brooklyn Bridge, wander the streets of Fifth Avenue, and walk around Central Park.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read New York City road trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Key West to New York City in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Key West in August: high temperatures in New York City hover around 34°C and lows are around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ocean Grove Beach, Great Neck Steppingstone Park, Cupsogue Beach County Park, Ponquogue Beach
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Times Square ©
Times Square
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial

5
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.
National Air and Space Museum and National Gallery of Art are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Old Rag Mountain Hike and Antietam National Battlefield. Venture out of the city with trips to Baltimore (Horseshoe Casino & Sagamore Spirit Distillery). There's much more to do: learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, contemplate the waterfront views at Tidal Basin, and see the interesting displays at The National Archives Museum.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Washington DC holiday website .

You can fly from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. August in Washington DC sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Baltimore, Antietam National Battlefield, Old Rag Mountain Hike
Highlights from your plan
Old Rag Mountain Hike ©
Old Rag Mountain Hike
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get a sense of the local culture at Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. Relax by the water at Sonoma Coast State Beach and Marshall’s Beach. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Stephen & Walker Winery in Healdsburg, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fort Funston National Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at China Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Washington DC to San Francisco in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to San Francisco. In August, San Francisco is little chillier than Washington DC - with highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sonoma Coast State Beach, Stephen & Walker Winery
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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