45 days in United States Itinerary

45 days in United States Itinerary

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45 days in United States Itinerary

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

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 in touch with nature at Kailua Beach Park and Waimea Bay. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Waikiki Beach and Sunset Beach Park. It doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of USS Arizona Memorial and enjoy the sand and surf at Kapiolani Regional Park.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Honolulu trip builder tool .

Melbourne, Australia to Honolulu is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll gain 20 hours traveling from Melbourne to Honolulu due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in September, expect Honolulu to be much hotter, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kailua Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach

2
nights
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.
For shopping fun, head to Pike Place Market or Pioneer Square. Step out of the city life by going to Murhut Falls and Hood Canal. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, take in the exciting artwork at Glasshouse Studio, stroll through Alki Beach, and see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Seattle journey builder site .

Fly from Honolulu to Seattle in 8 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Honolulu to Seattle. When traveling from Honolulu in September, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Seattle: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trip

Olympic National Park
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do your shopping at Union Square and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Do some cultural sightseeing at Alcatraz Island and City Lights Booksellers. Step out of San Francisco to go to Pacifica and see Rockaway Beach, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at China Beach, get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace, stroll through Marshall’s Beach, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip website .

Traveling by combination of flight and subway from Seattle to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

Rockaway Beach
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
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 outdoors at Glacier Point and Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. The adventure continues: stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park tour website .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in September, plan for colder nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Eastham.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

2
nights
Eastham

Eastham ©
Eastham is a town in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States, Barnstable County being coextensive with Cape Cod. Take a break from the city and head to Cape Cod National Seashore and Nauset Beach. Relax by the water at Marconi Beach and Race Point Beach. When in Eastham, make a side trip to see Herring Cove Beach in Provincetown, approximately 36 minutes away.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Eastham online trip itinerary builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yosemite National Park to Eastham. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for much warmer nights in Eastham, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to New York City.

Things to do in Eastham

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Provincetown, Cape Cod National Seashore, Nauset Beach, Marconi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cape Cod National Seashore ©
Cape Cod National Seashore
Nauset Beach ©
Nauset Beach
Marconi Beach ©
Marconi Beach

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.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Ellis Island are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Fifth Avenue and Artists & Fleas at Chelsea Market. There's much more to do: go for a walk through Central Park, admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), explore the galleries of 9/11 Memorial, and get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our New York City road trip site .

Traveling by car from Eastham to New York City takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Eastham in September, things will get a bit warmer in New York City: highs are around 31°C and lows about 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Shopping Parks
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
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, then see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Washington National Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, then see the interesting displays at The National Archives Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Washington DC trip planner .

Traveling by flight from New York City to Washington DC takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in October, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum

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 (Sat): admire the striking features of St. Louis Cathedral, stop by Faulkner House Books, then make a trip to French Quarter, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Cabildo, then get to know the fascinating history of Royal Street, and then learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the New Orleans trip itinerary maker site .

You can fly from Washington DC to New Orleans in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Washington DC in October, plan for a bit cooler days in New Orleans, with highs around 22°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
French Quarter ©
French Quarter
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
Garden District ©
Garden District

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.
The Strip and The Mob Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. For shopping fun, head to The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian or Barneys New York. The adventure continues: admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains, try to win big at Casino at the Venetian, browse the different shops at Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, and take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas tour itinerary maker app .

Getting from New Orleans to Las Vegas by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New Orleans to Las Vegas is minus 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New Orleans in October: highs in Las Vegas hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Parks Casinos
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Canyon Village Marketplace and Lookout Studio. Step out of the city life by going to Grand Canyon South Rim and North Kaibab Trail. On the 11th (Fri), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. The adventure continues: trek along Rim Trail, stop by Verkamp's Curios, take in a show at Hopi House, and take some stellar pictures from Mather Point.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park route builder site .

Getting from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park by combination of car and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Las Vegas in October, plan for little chillier days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 22°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

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.
Visiting Hayden Valley and Yellowstone National Park will get you outdoors. Spend the 17th (Thu) surrounded by wildlife at Grand Teton. There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, look for all kinds of wild species at Lamar Valley, take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Artist Point.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park trip maker website .

Do a combination of bus, flight, and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or take a bus. In October, Yellowstone National Park is a bit cooler than Grand Canyon National Park - with highs of 9°C and lows of -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

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
Hayden Valley ©
Hayden Valley

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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.
Relax by the water at Will Rogers State Beach and Santa Monica Bay. Visiting Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Bergamot Station, Santa Monica Farmers Market, & more). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall, hunt for treasures at Melrose Trading Post, and look for gifts at Hollywood & Highland.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles travel tool .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Los Angeles in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Los Angeles. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in October: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 32°C and lows are around 19°C. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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