43 days in United States Itinerary

43 days in United States Itinerary

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43 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  13​h
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 45​min
2
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
4
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
5
New York City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
New Orleans
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  10​h 30​min
8
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
10
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
11
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
12
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Sydney

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): explore the activities along Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument, and then steep yourself in history at USS Arizona Memorial. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Manoa Falls and then enjoy the sand and surf at Waikiki Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Honolulu route planner .

Sydney, Australia to Honolulu is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST) is minus 20 hours. Traveling from Sydney in May, things will get a bit warmer in Honolulu: highs are around 34°C and lows about 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach

1
night
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): look for gifts at Glasshouse Studio, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Seattle Aquarium, then take in the waterfront at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, then explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally make a trip to Space Needle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, then admire the masterpieces at Seattle Art Museum, and then take a stroll through Pike Place Market.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Seattle trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Honolulu to Seattle in 8 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Honolulu to Seattle. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Honolulu in May: high temperatures in Seattle hover around 23°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

3
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.
Spend the 25th (Mon) surrounded by wildlife at Grand Teton. Spend the 24th (Sun) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, explore the activities along Lake Butte Overlook, witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, and hike along Artist Point.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park travel website .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park is 1 hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Seattle in May: highs in Yellowstone National Park hover around 13°C, while lows dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Chicago.

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
Yellowstone Lake ©
Yellowstone Lake
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, appreciate the extensive heritage of Millennium Park, see the interesting displays at The Field Museum, and meet the residents at Shedd Aquarium.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Chicago trip maker site .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Chicago in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Chicago. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Chicago, with highs around 25°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Wrigley Field ©
Wrigley Field

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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, admire all the interesting features of The High Line, don't miss a visit to Times Square, and pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the New York City trip app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Chicago to New York City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Chicago to New York City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May in New York City, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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.
Washington DC is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, take in the spiritual surroundings of Washington National Cathedral, and take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Washington DC road trip site .

Traveling by flight from New York City to Washington DC takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New York City in June: highs in Washington DC hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to New Orleans.

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 Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
Tidal Basin ©
Tidal Basin

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Garden District, see the interesting displays at The National WWII Museum, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Jackson Square. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral, then make a trip to French Quarter, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at New Orleans City Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read New Orleans online visit planner .

You can fly from Washington DC to New Orleans in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC to New Orleans, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in New Orleans, with lows around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Garden District ©
Garden District
The National WWII Museum ©
The National WWII Museum
St. Louis Cathedral ©
St. Louis Cathedral

3
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.
On the 8th (Mon), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, don't miss a visit to Grand Canyon Village, take some stellar pictures from Hopi Point, and stroll through Rim Trail.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park tour planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from New Orleans to Grand Canyon National Park in 10.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New Orleans to Grand Canyon National Park. Plan for colder nights when traveling from New Orleans in June since evenings lows in Grand Canyon National Park dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

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.
When in Las Vegas, make a side trip to see Hoover Dam in Boulder City, approximately 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Bellagio Fountains, push the limits with an extreme tour, try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Las Vegas trip planner .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas by combination of flight and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in June, you will find days in Las Vegas are somewhat warmer (46°C), and nights are much hotter (29°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 16th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Las Vegas to Los Angeles by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. When traveling from Las Vegas in June, plan for cooler days in Los Angeles, with highs around 30°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

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
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, Yosemite National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Taft Point ©
Taft Point

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San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, nightlife, shopping, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, explore and take pictures at Golden Gate Park, and get curious at Exploratorium.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, you will find days in San Francisco are slightly colder (25°C), and nights are a bit warmer (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

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