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 + bus:  26​h
1
New York City
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Washington DC
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Orlando
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
4
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
7
Lahaina, Maui
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
Honolulu, Oahu
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Sydney


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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Independence National Historical Park and Speed Boats Tours. Popular historic sites such as Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and St. Patrick's Cathedral are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from New York City: Woodbury Common Premium Outlets (in Central Valley), Lucas candies (in Haverstraw) and Hyde Park (Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt & Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Bushkill Falls, stroll around World Trade Center's Liberty Park, hunt for treasures at Chelsea Market, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find out how to plan a trip to New York City, use our trip itinerary maker.

Sydney, Australia to New York City is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. You'll gain 15 hours traveling from Sydney to New York City due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Sydney in July; daily highs in New York City reach 35°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hyde Park, Bushkill Falls, Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, Lucas candies, Independence National Historical Park
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4
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.
Popular historic sites such as The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Capitol Hill are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and Smithsonian Institution Building. Explore Washington DC's surroundings by going to James Madison's Montpelier (in Montpelier Station), Gettysburg (Little Round Top & Gettysburg National Cemetery) and Old Rag Mountain Hike (in Shenandoah National Park). The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, tour the pleasant surroundings at U.S. National Arboretum, examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, and hike along Stony Man Mountain Overlook.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Washington DC day trip planning website .

You can fly from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Washington DC are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Trails Parks

Side Trips

Gettysburg, Stony Man Mountain Overlook, Old Rag Mountain Hike, James Madison's Montpelier, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
James Madison's Montpelier ©
James Madison's Montpelier
Gettysburg National Cemetery ©
Gettysburg National Cemetery

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at St. Augustine Beach and Maritime Hammock Sanctuary. Shop till you drop at Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets and International Drive. Get out of town with these interesting Orlando side-trips: Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park (in Homosassa Springs), Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum (in Ponce Inlet) and Fishing Charters & Tours (in Port Canaveral). The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, pause for some serene contemplation at St James Roman Catholic Cathedral, have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Orlando, and make an unforgettable trip to World of Disney.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Orlando itinerary planner.

Getting from Washington DC to Orlando by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Orlando can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Orlando

Shopping Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Nature & Wildlife Tours, Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum, St. Augustine Beach, Maritime Hammock Sanctuary
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St. Augustine Beach ©
St. Augustine Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours

4
nights
Las Vegas

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Shop till you drop at The Strip and The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Mount Charleston. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Las Vegas: Wolf Creek Golf Club (in Mesquite) and Helicopter Tours (in Henderson). There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, get your game on at Dig This, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas travel route tool .

Traveling by flight from Orlando to Las Vegas takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Orlando to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Orlando in July; daily highs in Las Vegas reach 47°C and lows reach 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Tours Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Helicopter Tours, Wolf Creek Golf Club
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
The Strip ©
The Strip

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do your shopping at Ferry Building Marketplace and City Lights Booksellers. Your inner history buff will appreciate Alcatraz Island and Grace Cathedral. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lands End, immerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands, make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, and view the masterpieces at Patrick Amiot.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco route planner .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Las Vegas in July, things will get much colder in San Francisco: highs are around 26°C and lows about 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Marin Headlands, Patrick Amiot, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Dolphin & Whale Watching

5
nights
Los Angeles

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Castle Rock Trail 1W03 will get you outdoors. For shopping fun, head to LA Farmers' Market or Universal CityWalk Hollywood. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Rancho Palos Verdes to see Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip site .

You can fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 33°C and lows about 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Castle Rock Trail 1W03, The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, The Americana at Brand, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
LA Farmers' Market ©
LA Farmers' Market

3
nights
Lahaina, Maui

Lahaina ©
Once the booming capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, the tropical paradise of Lahaina still remains one of Maui's top vacation attractions, providing both culture and recreation.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Haleakala Crater and Parasailing & Paragliding. Get in touch with nature at Zipline and Honolua Bay. Change things up with these side-trips from Lahaina: Kamaole Beach Park II (in Kihei) and Makai Glass Maui (in Makawao). The adventure continues: stroll through Kapalua Coastal Trail, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, look for gifts at Glass Mango Designs, and trek along Acid War Zone Trail.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Lahaina day trip planner .

You can fly from Los Angeles to Lahaina in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Lahaina. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Lahaina when traveling from Los Angeles in July, with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Zipline, Makai Glass Maui, Honolua Bay, Haleakala Crater, Kamaole Beach Park II
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Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Zipline
Parasailing & Paragliding

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Shark Diving and Skydiving. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Koko Crater Railway Trail and Makapuu Lighthouse Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Honolulu: Swim with Dolphins (in Waianae), Sharks Cove (in Pupukea) and Kaneohe (Byodo-In Temple & Tropical Farms Macadamia Nut Farm and Farm Tour). There's much more to do: stroll around Lanikai Pillboxes, admire the verdant scenery at Nu’uanu Pali, take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Honolulu trip itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Lahaina to Honolulu in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August in Honolulu, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Kaneohe, Haleiwa, Sharks Cove, Lanikai Pillboxes, Nu’uanu Pali
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Koko Crater Railway Trail ©
Koko Crater Railway Trail
Swim with Dolphins
Shark Diving

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