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:  23​h
1
Memphis
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Jamestown
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Gatlinburg
— 4 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  5​h 15​min
5
New York City
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h
6
New Orleans
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
7
Alamogordo
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
8
Grants
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
9
Taos
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Santa Fe
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
11
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Sydney

3
nights
Memphis

Memphis ©
The largest city on the Mississippi River, Memphis bills itself as both the "Birthplace of Rock" and "Home of the Blues." With such a rich musical heritage, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Elvis Presley chose to live in Memphis during his later years.
Do some cultural sightseeing at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel and Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Get in touch with nature at Mississippi River State Park and Forrest L Wood Crowley's Ridge Nature Center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Memphis: Parkin Archeological State Park (in Parkin) and Craighead Forest Park (in Jonesboro). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of The Peabody Ducks, look for gifts at Memphis Music, meet the residents at Memphis Zoo, and see the interesting displays at Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Memphis vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Sydney, Australia to Memphis is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 16 hours traveling from Sydney to Memphis. In May, Memphis is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Jonesboro, Mississippi River State Park, Parkin Archeological State Park
Highlights from your plan
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum ©
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum
Stax Museum of American Soul Music ©

3
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Get a sense of the local culture at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage and Belle Meade Plantation. Get some historical perspective at Lotz House Museum and Carnton. Explore Nashville's surroundings by going to Bowie Nature Park (in Fairview), Keg Springs Winery (in Hampshire) and McLemore House (in Franklin). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, admire the landmark architecture of The Parthenon, examine the collection at RCA Studio B, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nashville trip maker site .

You can drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Jamestown.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Franklin, Keg Springs Winery, Bowie Nature Park
Highlights from your plan
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Carnton ©
Carnton
Downtown Franklin ©
Downtown Franklin

3
nights
Jamestown

Jamestown ©
Jamestown is a city in Fentress County, Tennessee, United States. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park and Pickett CCC Memorial State Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Cordell Hull Birthplace State Park and Museum and Colditz Cove State Natural Area. Explore Jamestown's surroundings by going to Frozen Head State Park (in Wartburg) and Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area (in Oneida).

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Jamestown tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Nashville to Jamestown in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Jamestown

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Colditz Cove State Natural Area, Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park, Cordell Hull Birthplace State Park and Museum, Frozen Head State Park
Highlights from your plan
Pickett CCC Memorial State Park ©
Pickett CCC Memorial State Park
Colditz Cove State Natural Area ©
Colditz Cove State Natural Area

4
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cades Cove and Zipline. The Old Mill and Noah Bud Ogle Cabin will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gatlinburg: Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Clingmans Dome & Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail) and Smoky Mountain Knife Works (in Sevierville). There's lots more to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, take in the exciting artwork at Fowler's Clay Works, look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork, and admire the natural beauty at Parrot Mountain & Gardens.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Gatlinburg trip planner .

You can drive from Jamestown to Gatlinburg in 3 hours. Traveling from Jamestown to Gatlinburg, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in May, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge, Smoky Mountain Knife Works
Highlights from your plan
Clingmans Dome ©
Clingmans Dome
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

3
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at 9/11 Memorial and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Change things up with a short trip to Ponquogue Beach in Hampton Bays (about 2 hours away). There's lots more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, snap pictures at Brooklyn Bridge, make a trip to Times Square, and take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the New York City road trip planning site .

Getting from Gatlinburg to New York City by combination of taxi, flight, and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. While traveling from Gatlinburg, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in New York City, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ponquogue Beach
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
American Museum of Natural History ©
American Museum of Natural History

3
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.
Shop till you drop at Royal Street and Hemmerling Gallery of Southern Art. The National WWII Museum and Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting New Orleans side-trips: Vacherie (Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site & Oak Alley Plantation). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Garden District, appreciate the extensive heritage of Jackson Square, make a trip to French Quarter, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Lafayette Cemetery No.1.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our New Orleans driving holiday website .

Do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to New Orleans in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from New York City to New Orleans, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in New Orleans when traveling from New York City in May, with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Alamogordo.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vacherie
Highlights from your plan
Garden District ©
Garden District
Royal Street ©
Royal Street

1
night
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): do a tasting at McGinn's PistachioLand, then don't miss a visit to Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, then do a tasting at Tularosa Vineyards, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at White Sands National Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge your taste buds at Heart of the Desert, look for gifts at Off the Beaten Path, then get outside with Trestle Recreation Area, and finally stroll through Osha Trail.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Alamogordo vacation builder tool .

You can do a combination of flight and car from New Orleans to Alamogordo in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from New Orleans to Alamogordo is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from New Orleans in May: highs in Alamogordo hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Grants.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Outdoors Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Cloudcroft, Tularosa, White Sands National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Trestle Recreation Area ©
Trestle Recreation Area
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site ©
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site
Tularosa Vineyards ©
Tularosa Vineyards

3
nights
Grants

Grants ©
Grants is a city in Cibola County, New Mexico, United States. El Morro National Monument and Laguna Pueblo Mission will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum and Sky City Cultural Center. Step out of Grants to go to Ramah and see Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Western New Mexico Aviation Heritage Museum, discover the riches below the earth's surface at New Mexico Mining Museum, identify plant and animal life at El Malpais National Conservation Area, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Taylor.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Grants trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Alamogordo to Grants in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Alamogordo in June, things will get slightly colder in Grants: highs are around 36°C and lows about 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Taos.

Things to do in Grants

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Ramah, Western New Mexico Aviation Heritage Museum, Laguna Pueblo Mission, Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum
Highlights from your plan
El Morro National Monument ©
El Morro National Monument
Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary ©
Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary

4
nights
Taos

Taos ©
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Get some cultural insight at Enchanted Circle Pottery and 203 Fine Art. Museum-lovers will get to explore Millicent Rogers Museum and Rottenstone Pottery. Venture out of the city with trips to Angel Fire Bike Park (in Angel Fire), Philmont Scout Ranch (in Cimarron) and Orilla Verde Recreation Area (in Pilar). There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, look for all kinds of wild species at Wheeler Peak Wilderness, hike along Middlefork Lake, and explore the world behind art at Taos Art Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Taos trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Grants to Taos takes 4 hours. When traveling from Grants in June, plan for slightly colder days in Taos, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Red River, Wheeler Peak Wilderness, Angel Fire Bike Park, Rottenstone Pottery, Philmont Scout Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Philmont Scout Ranch ©
Philmont Scout Ranch
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

4
nights
Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Head to Meow Wolf and The Shop - A Christmas Storefor plenty of shopping. Get some historical perspective at Bandelier National Monument and Fort Union National Monument. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Fe: Los Alamos (Los Alamos Nature Center & Bradbury Science Museum). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, take a memorable drive along The Plaza, examine the collection at Museum of International Folk Art, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe road trip planning app .

You can drive from Taos to Santa Fe in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, Santa Fe is a bit warmer than Taos - with highs of 37°C and lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Los Alamos, Fort Union National Monument
Highlights from your plan
New Mexico History Museum ©
New Mexico History Museum
Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bodega Dunes and Bodega Head. Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve. Venture out of the city with trips to Goat Rock Beach (in Jenner), Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Limantour Beach, take in the waterfront at The Embarcadero, contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers, and take a stroll through Twin Peaks.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and subway from Santa Fe to San Francisco takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Santa Fe to San Francisco, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Santa Fe, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 15°C. On the 17th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bodega Dunes, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Goat Rock Beach, Bodega Head, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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