40 days in United States Itinerary

40 days in United States Itinerary

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40 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Portland
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
2
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  10​h 45​min
3
New York City
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Charleston
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Miami
— 5 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  7​h 45​min
6
Las Vegas
— 5 nights
7
Los Angeles
— 10 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Sydney

3
nights
Portland

Portland ©
A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Portland: Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum (in McMinnville) and Ecola State Park (in Cannon Beach). The adventure continues: stop by Powell's City of Books, contemplate the long history of Pittock Mansion, trek along Forest Park, and admire the natural beauty at Portland Japanese Garden.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Portland tour builder site .

Sydney, Australia to Portland is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to Portland due to the time zone difference. In December, Portland is much colder than Sydney - with highs of 8°C and lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, Ecola State Park
Highlights from your plan
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park
Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum ©
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum

3
nights
Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
Spend the 11th (Wed) exploring nature at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier, stroll through Iceberg Lake Trail, admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, and take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Glacier National Park tour itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Portland to Glacier National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. In December, Glacier National Park is a bit cooler than Portland - with highs of -1°C and lows of -10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail
Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls

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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Central Park, admire the landmark architecture of Grand Central Terminal, admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the New York City online travel planner .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Glacier National Park to New York City in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Glacier National Park to New York City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Glacier National Park in December, expect New York City to be a bit warmer, temps between 10°C and 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Charleston.

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

5
nights
Charleston

Charleston ©
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Change things up with a short trip to The Center for Birds of Prey in Awendaw (about 38 minutes away). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Battery & White Point Gardens, make a trip to Middleton Place, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and steep yourself in history at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Charleston attractions planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to Charleston in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in December, with highs in Charleston at 20°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Miami.

Things to do in Charleston

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

The Center for Birds of Prey
Highlights from your plan
The Center for Birds of Prey ©
The Center for Birds of Prey
Walking tours
Magnolia Plantation & Gardens ©
Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Miami: Everglades National Park (Shark Valley, Nine Mile Pond Canoe Trail, & more). There's more to do: admire the natural beauty at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and examine the collection at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Miami road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and tram from Charleston to Miami takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Charleston in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Miami, with highs around 32°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Miami

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Everglades National Park, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Highlights from your plan
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens ©
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden ©
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Gumbo Limbo Trail ©
Gumbo Limbo Trail

5
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.
Go for a jaunt from Las Vegas to Boulder City to see Hoover Dam about 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains, shop like a local with The Strip, try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Las Vegas trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Miami to Las Vegas in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Miami in December: high temperatures in Las Vegas hover around 16°C and lows are around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Fun & Games Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Hoover Dam
Highlights from your plan
Bellagio Fountains ©
Bellagio Fountains
The Strip ©
The Strip

10
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 9th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race, take in nature's colorful creations at The Japanese Garden, and explore and take pictures at Staples Center.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles driving holiday planning tool .

You can fly from Las Vegas to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Las Vegas in January; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 24°C and lows reach 11°C. You will leave for home on the 14th (Tue).

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Fantastic Race ©
Fantastic Race
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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