42 days in United States Itinerary

42 days in United States Itinerary

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42 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  21​h
1
Las Vegas
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Albuquerque
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Santa Fe
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Phoenix
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Anaheim
— 5 nights
train:  30​min
7
Los Angeles
— 7 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Shelby American Inc. Let the collections at Historic Route 66 Museum and Don Laughlin's Classic Car Collection capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Las Vegas: Chloride, Arizona (in Chloride) and Helicopter Tours (in Henderson). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah, have fun at Strip Gun Club, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and wander the streets of The LINQ Promenade.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas road trip app .

Melbourne, Australia to Las Vegas is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Las Vegas is minus 18 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in September, expect Las Vegas to be warmer, temps between 39°C and 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Tours Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Helicopter Tours, Don Laughlin's Classic Car Collection, Chloride, Arizona, Historic Route 66 Museum
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Historic Route 66 Museum ©
Historic Route 66 Museum
The Auto Collections ©
The Auto Collections

5
nights
Albuquerque

Albuquerque ©
Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
Visiting Bandelier National Monument and Petroglyph National Monument will get you outdoors. San Felipe de Neri Church and Old San Ysidro Church will appeal to history buffs. Go for a jaunt from Albuquerque to Pueblo of Acoma to see Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, admire nature's wide array of creatures at ABQ BioPark Zoo, see the interesting displays at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Albuquerque Biological Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Albuquerque trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to Albuquerque takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Albuquerque due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in September, things will get slightly colder in Albuquerque: highs are around 33°C and lows about 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bandelier National Monument, Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum, Old San Ysidro Church
Highlights from your plan

6
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.
Get some cultural insight at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and Santa Fe Plaza. Step out of the city life by going to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument and River Rafting & Tubing. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Fe: Pecos National Historical Park (in Pecos), Chimayo (El Santuario de Chimayo & Santo Nino Chapel) and Bradbury Science Museum (in Los Alamos). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Millicent Rogers Museum, snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, and see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Fe trip itinerary builder website .

You can take a bus from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Santa Fe, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Phoenix.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Taos, Chimayo, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, La Chiripada Winery, Bradbury Science Museum
Highlights from your plan
New Mexico Museum of Art ©
New Mexico Museum of Art
San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel
El Santuario de Chimayo ©
El Santuario de Chimayo

6
nights
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Montezuma Castle National Monument and Casa Grande Ruins National Monument. Heard Museum and Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Phoenix: Clarkdale (Arizona Copper Art Museum & Clarkdale National Historic District & Townsite), Fort Verde State Historic Park (in Camp Verde) and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church (in Cottonwood). The adventure continues: ride a horse along Lynx Lake Recreation Area, look for all kinds of wild species at Ranch At Fossil Creek Llc, steep yourself in history at Downtown Historic Area, and take an in-depth tour of Sharlot Hall Museum.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Phoenix travel planner .

You can fly from Santa Fe to Phoenix in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Santa Fe in October, expect Phoenix to be much warmer, temps between 38°C and 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Phoenix

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Prescott, Camp Verde, Clarkdale, Tonto Natural Bridge State Park, Ranch At Fossil Creek Llc
Highlights from your plan
Fort Verde State Historic Park ©
Fort Verde State Historic Park
Boyce Thompson Arboretum ©
Boyce Thompson Arboretum
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument ©

6
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Point Loma. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial. Venture out of the city with trips to South Carlsbad State Beach (in Carlsbad), Encinitas (Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens & Moonlight State Beach) and Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine). There's still lots to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, visit a coastal fixture at Old Point Loma Lighthouse, stroll around La Jolla Shores Park, and kick back and relax at Mission Bay Park.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego vacation maker app .

Traveling by flight from Phoenix to San Diego takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Phoenix in October, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are little chillier, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Encinitas, South Carlsbad State Beach, Lions, Tigers & Bears, Coronado Beach
Highlights from your plan
Mission Bay Park ©
Mission Bay Park
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
Windansea Beach ©
Windansea Beach

5
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Palm Springs Air Museum. Visit Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum and Sunnylands Center & Gardens for their historical value. Explore Anaheim's surroundings by going to Mission San Juan Capistrano (in San Juan Capistrano), Oceanside Pier (in Oceanside) and Big Bear Alpine Zoo at Moonridge (in Big Bear Lake). There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Crystal Cove, kick back and relax at Newport Beach, wander the streets of Downtown Huntington Beach, and see the interesting displays at Discovery Cube Orange County.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Anaheim trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from San Diego to Anaheim in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from San Diego, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Anaheim, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Anaheim

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, Oceanside Pier, Downtown Huntington Beach, Sunnylands Center & Gardens, Newport Beach
Highlights from your plan
Anaheim Packing District ©
Anaheim Packing District
Sunnylands Center & Gardens ©
Sunnylands Center & Gardens

7
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. Visiting Santa Monica State Beach and Santa Monica Bay will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Old Mission Santa Barbara (in Santa Barbara), Carpinteria State Beach (in Carpinteria) and The Getty Villa (in Malibu). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Nethercutt Collection, brush up on your military savvy at Battleship USS Iowa Museum, admire the masterpieces at The Broad, and get curious at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles online holiday maker .

Los Angeles is just a short distance from Anaheim. In October, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. On the 26th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, Carpinteria State Beach, The Getty Villa, Aquarium of the Pacific
Highlights from your plan
Norton Simon Museum ©
Norton Simon Museum
Battleship USS Iowa Museum ©
Battleship USS Iowa Museum
The Broad ©
The Broad

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