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:  17​h
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
3
Seattle
— 1 day
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Bus:  9​h
5
New York City
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  6​h
6
Key West
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
7
New Orleans
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  10​h 30​min
8
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
10
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
11
Honolulu, Oahu
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. For shopping fun, head to Ferry Building Marketplace or City Lights Booksellers. Change things up with a short trip to Sonoma Coast State Beach in Sonoma (about 1h 35 min away). Next up on the itinerary: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, wander the streets of Union Square, get curious at Exploratorium, and admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your San Francisco trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

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. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect San Francisco to be colder, temps between 17°C and 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Sonoma Coast State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

5
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.
Get some cultural insight at Yosemite Museum Gallery and Bodie State Historic Park. Get in touch with nature at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area and Glacier Point. Spend the 27th (Sun) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, stroll around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, fly down the slopes at Curry Village Ice Rink, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online route planner .

You can 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. When traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 9°C by day to -11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

1
day
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 29th (Tue): kick back and relax at Alki Beach, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Woodland Park Zoo, then view the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Pike Place Market.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Seattle tour itinerary planning site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Yosemite National Park to Seattle takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, plan for warmer nights in Seattle, with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Shopping Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Alki Beach ©
Alki Beach
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Lone Star Geyser and Uncle Tom's Trail. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fort Yellowstone Historic District and S Rim Trail. Spend the 2nd (Sat) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, look for all kinds of wild species at Lehardy's Rapids, stop by Fishing Bridge General Store, and admire all the interesting features of Virginia Cascade Drive.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Seattle in December; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach -5°C and lows reach -19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Yellowstone National Park ©
Yellowstone National Park
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful

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.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Fifth Avenue are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at 9/11 Memorial and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) capture your imagination. Change things up with a short trip to Bronx Zoo in Bronx (about 36 minutes away). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Times Square, admire all the interesting features of Hamilton Grange National Memorial, take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our New York City trip planner .

Do a combination of car, flight, and bus from Yellowstone National Park to New York City in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park to New York City, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in January: highs in New York City hover around 5°C, while lows dip to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Key West.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Bronx Zoo
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

2
nights
Key West

Key West ©
Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and Truman Little White House. For shopping fun, head to Alan S. Maltz Gallery or Collections Key West. And it doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at 7 Artists & Friends, admire the majestic nature at Fort Zachary Taylor, shop like a local with KEPart Studio-Gallery, and explore the galleries of Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Key West trip website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to Key West in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in January; daily highs in Key West reach 28°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alan S. Maltz Gallery ©
Alan S. Maltz Gallery
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©
Truman Little White House ©
Truman Little White House

1
night
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 12th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral, then stop by Faulkner House Books, then meet the residents at Audubon Zoo, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Chalmette National Historical Park, and then take a stroll through Royal Street.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our New Orleans day trip app .

Getting from Key West to New Orleans by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In January, New Orleans is slightly colder than Key West - with highs of 17°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in New Orleans

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

4
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.
You'll explore and learn at Bright Angel History Room and Yavapai Geology Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hermit's Rest and Grand Canyon Railway Depot. On the 15th (Fri), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, examine the collection at Kolb Studio, trek along South Kaibab Trail, and take some stellar pictures from Powell Point.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park tour itinerary builder app .

Getting from New Orleans to Grand Canyon National Park by combination of flight and bus takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from New Orleans to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from New Orleans in January: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 7°C, while lows dip to -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow 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

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Strip and Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas. Appreciate the collections at The Mob Museum and The Neon Museum. There's still lots to do: take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, take an in-depth tour of Titanic, admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains, and try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip maker site .

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. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 17°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Visit Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Forever Cemetery for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade & Montana Avenue). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame, and view the masterpieces at Otis College of Art and Design Gallery.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles online trip itinerary maker .

Fly from Las Vegas to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Las Vegas in January, with highs in Los Angeles at 24°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Hammer Museum ©
Hammer Museum
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

2
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.
Get outdoors at Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head State Monument. Get out of town with these interesting Honolulu side-trips: Sunset Beach Park (in Haleiwa) and Polynesian Cultural Center (in Laie). Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of USS Arizona Memorial, pause for some photo ops at Queen Liliuokalani Statue, contemplate the waterfront views at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, and stroll through Manoa Falls.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Honolulu journey maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Honolulu is minus 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in January, with highs in Honolulu at 32°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sunset Beach Park, Polynesian Cultural Center
Highlights from your plan
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Sunset Beach Park ©
Sunset Beach Park

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