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:  17​h
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + taxi:  9​h
3
Zion National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 6 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h
5
Memphis
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Nashville
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Washington DC
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
New York City
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
9
Niagara Falls
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  27​h
End: Sydney

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and Grace Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Get in touch with nature at Fishing Charters & Tours and Muir Woods National Monument. Venture out of the city with trips to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville), Petaluma Seed Bank (in Petaluma) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing). There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs, enjoy the sea views from Fort Point, and take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco road trip app .

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to San Francisco is minus 18 hours. May in San Francisco sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Petaluma Seed Bank, Muir Woods National Monument, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

6
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Escape the urban bustle at Glacier Point and Fishing Charters & Tours. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome, look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, hike along Nevada Falls Loop, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park visit planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

3
nights
Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Escape the urban bustle at The Narrows and Off-Road Tours. Step out of Zion National Park with an excursion to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab--about 1h 30 min away. Spend the 22nd (Fri) exploring nature at Zion National Park. The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Observation Point, explore the striking landscape of Canyon Overlook Trail, and trek along Angel's Landing.

Start your trip to Zion National Park by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and taxi from Yosemite National Park to Zion National Park takes 9 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Yosemite National Park to Zion National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, expect Zion National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 28°C and 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Kanab
Highlights from your plan
The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park
Canyon Overlook Trail ©
Canyon Overlook Trail

6
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Take a break from the city and head to Grand Canyon South Rim and South Kaibab Trail. There's still lots to do: trek along Rim Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bright Angel Trail, explore the stunning scenery at Inner Canyon, and get great views at Lipan Point.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park online vacation maker .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Zion National Park to Grand Canyon National Park. Traveling from Zion National Park in May, things will get slightly colder in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 23°C and lows about 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Memphis.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street, stop by Lansky, then appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and finally steep yourself in history at Sun Studio.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Memphis driving holiday planner .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Memphis by combination of bus and flight takes about 10 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Memphis is 1 hour. Expect warmer evenings in Memphis when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in June, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio
Lansky ©
Lansky

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, then witness the site of a historic battle at Lotz House Museum, and then take a peaceful walk through Bowie Nature Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Bledsoe Creek State Park and then get your game on at The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill).

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Nashville trip planning tool .

You can drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Nashville

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Lotz House Museum, Bowie Nature Park, Bledsoe Creek State Park
Highlights from your plan
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Bowie Nature Park ©
Bowie Nature Park
Bledsoe Creek State Park ©
Bledsoe Creek State Park

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.
Get outdoors at Antietam National Battlefield and Old Rag Mountain Hike. Visit Washington National Cathedral and Gettysburg National Cemetery for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Gettysburg National Military Park (in Gettysburg) and Loch Raven Reservoir (in Phoenix). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Tidal Basin, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Washington DC road trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Nashville to Washington DC takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Nashville to Washington DC, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Gettysburg, Loch Raven Reservoir, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Antietam National Battlefield, Old Rag Mountain Hike
Highlights from your plan
Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Antietam National Battlefield ©
Antietam National Battlefield
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

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.
Visit 9/11 Memorial and Ellis Island for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, admire the landmark architecture of Rockefeller Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at The High Line, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our New York City route builder website .

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to New York City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Washington DC in June: highs in New York City hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Ellis Island ©
Ellis Island

4
nights
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Escape the urban bustle at Panama Rocks Scenic Park and Genesee Country Village & Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Our Lady of Victory Basilica and St. Mary of the Cataract R. C. Parish. The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of the Winds, immerse yourself in nature at Devil's Hole State Park, get outside with Niagara Jet Adventures, and take in the dramatic scenery at Niagara Falls.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Niagara Falls trip itinerary planning site .

Do a combination of flight and bus from New York City to Niagara Falls in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from New York City in June since evenings lows in Niagara Falls dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Panama Rocks Scenic Park, Niagara Jet Adventures, Our Lady of Victory Basilica, Genesee Country Village & Museum
Highlights from your plan
Panama Rocks Scenic Park ©
Panama Rocks Scenic Park
Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds
Our Lady of Victory Basilica ©
Our Lady of Victory Basilica

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