40 days in United States Itinerary

40 days in United States Itinerary

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40 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
4
Orlando
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
New York City
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
8
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
9
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
10
Honolulu, Oahu
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Disneyland Park and The Getty Center. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Disney California Adventure Park, which is approximately 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, pause for some photo ops at Guitar Center, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip maker website .

Melbourne, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Melbourne to Los Angeles, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 24°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

3
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Kids will enjoy San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park. And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at SeaWorld San Diego, examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego, and pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Diego trip planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. December in San Diego sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and DISCOVERY Children's Museum. Go for a jaunt from Las Vegas to Boulder City to see Hoover Dam about 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Fountains of Bellagio, enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and try your luck at Casino at the Venetian.

To find out how to plan a trip to Las Vegas, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from San Diego to Las Vegas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from San Diego in December, with highs in Las Vegas at 16°C and lows at 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Fun & Games

Side Trip

Hoover Dam
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
DISCOVERY Children's Museum ©
DISCOVERY Children's Museum

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.
Kids will enjoy Walt Disney World Resort and Magic Kingdom Park. Change things up with a short trip to The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror in Anaheim (about 36 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal's Islands of Adventure, discover the magic at Avatar Flight of Passage, explore the world behind art at Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, and laugh and play at Discovery Cove.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Orlando trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Las Vegas to Orlando in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Las Vegas in December; daily highs in Orlando reach 29°C and lows reach 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
Highlights from your plan
Magic Kingdom Park ©
Magic Kingdom Park
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure

3
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.
Family-friendly places like National Air and Space Museum and National Zoological Park will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, get a sense of history and politics at White House, learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and explore the activities along Tidal Basin.

For ratings and tourist information, go to the Washington DC trip planner .

Fly from Orlando to Washington DC in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Orlando in December: high temperatures in Washington DC hover around 12°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Zoological Park ©
National Zoological Park

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.
Attractions like Central Park and Statue of Liberty National Monument make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, admire the striking features of Rockefeller Center, see the interesting displays at New York Public Library, and stroll around The High Line.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read New York City trip tool .

You can fly from Washington DC to New York City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in December, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Chicago.

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
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Bring the kids along to Museum of Science and Industry and Milton Lee Olive Park. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, examine the collection at The Field Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, and admire the landmark architecture of Reliance Building.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Chicago road trip planning tool .

Getting from New York City to Chicago by combination of bus and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Chicago. Traveling from New York City in December, things will get a bit cooler in Chicago: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Lincoln Park Zoo ©
Lincoln Park Zoo
Shedd Aquarium ©
Shedd Aquarium

4
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
When in Yellowstone National Park, make a side trip to see Grand Teton in Grand Teton National Park, approximately 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Washburn, witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, and get great views at Observation Point Trail.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park day trip website .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Chicago to Yellowstone National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in December, you will find days in Yellowstone National Park are a bit cooler (-5°C), and nights are colder (-19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Grand Teton
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Lower Geyser Basin ©
Lower Geyser Basin

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Exploratorium and Wine Tours & Tastings. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, walk around Golden Gate Park, don't miss a visit to Lombard Street, and buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Francisco journey planner .

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco by combination of car and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, shuttle, and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in December; daily highs in San Francisco reach 17°C and lows reach 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences

5
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.
Bring the kids along to USS Arizona Memorial and Kailua Beach Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay) and Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea). The adventure continues: stroll through Waikiki Beach, go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument, take in the dramatic scenery at Manoa Falls, and contemplate the long history of Battleship Missouri Memorial.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Honolulu trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Honolulu takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Honolulu is minus 2 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in January, expect Honolulu to be much hotter, temps between 32°C and 22°C. You will leave for home on the 8th (Fri).

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument, Kailua Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park

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