47 days in Continental USA Itinerary

47 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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47 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  13​h
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  12​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Shuttle:  12​h 45​min
3
Marathon, Florida Keys
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Key West
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  6​h
5
New York City
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Drive:  9​h
6
Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
7
Zion National Park
— 3 nights
+4
Shuttle + Foot + Shuttle + Foot + Shuttle:  2​h 30​min
8
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Sedona
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Bus:  11​h 30​min
10
Lahaina, Maui
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  3​h 15​min
11
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
12
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
13
Poipu, Kauai
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Sydney

2
nights
Honolulu, Oahu

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Visiting Shark Diving and Diamond Head State Monument will get you outdoors. You'll get in some beach time at Kailua Beach Park and Lanikai Beach. When in Honolulu, make a side trip to see Swim with Dolphins in Waianae, approximately 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Honolulu road trip planning site .

Sydney, Australia to Honolulu is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Honolulu is minus 20 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kailua, Swim with Dolphins, Shark Diving
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
Swim with Dolphins
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park

4
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 Mariposa Grove. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yosemite, Tunnel View and Elizabeth Lake. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, look for all kinds of wild species at North Dome, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Honolulu to Yosemite National Park in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Hawaii Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Honolulu in December, expect Yosemite National Park to be colder, temps between 9°C and -11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Marathon.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

1
night
Marathon, Florida Keys

Marathon ©
A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): examine the collection at Crane Point Museum & Nature Center and then identify plant and animal life at The Turtle Hospital. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Dolphin Research Center and then kick back and relax at Bahia Honda State Park.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Marathon trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and shuttle from Yosemite National Park to Marathon takes 13 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park to Marathon, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, things will get much hotter in Marathon: highs are around 31°C and lows about 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Key West.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Bahia Honda State Park
Highlights from your plan
The Turtle Hospital ©
The Turtle Hospital
Dolphin Research Center ©
Dolphin Research Center
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Dry Tortugas National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Zachary Taylor and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Key West trip itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Marathon to Key West in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in Key West can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Key West

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Dry Tortugas National Park ©
Dry Tortugas National Park
Fishing Charters & Tours
Fort Zachary Taylor ©
Fort Zachary Taylor

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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, don't miss a visit to Empire State Building, pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, and take in panoramic vistas at Top of the Rock.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a New York City trip simple and quick.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Key West to New York City takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Key West in December: high temperatures in New York City hover around 10°C and lows are around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

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

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Old Faithful. Take a break from the city and head to Grand Prismatic Spring and Artist Point. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yellowstone National Park: Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center (in West Yellowstone) and Grand Teton (in Grand Teton National Park). On the 21st (Sat), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Mount Washburn. Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Lamar Valley, witness a stunning natural landmark at Castle Geyser, take some stellar pictures from Lookout Point, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lehardy's Rapids.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary builder site .

Do a combination of bus, flight, and car from New York City to Yellowstone National Park in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Yellowstone National Park. In December, Yellowstone National Park is much colder than New York City - with highs of -5°C and lows of -19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, Grand Teton
Highlights from your plan
Artist Point ©
Artist Point
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zion National Park and Angel's Landing. Escape the urban bustle at The Narrows and Cedar Breaks National Monument Visitor Center. There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Zion's Main Canyon, admire all the interesting features of Zion Shuttle, and cruise along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.

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

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Zion National Park in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, and taxi; or drive. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in December, plan for much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Zion National Park: temperatures range from 11°C by day to -7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Cedar Breaks National Monument Visitor Center
Highlights from your plan
Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing
The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bright Angel Trail and South Kaibab Trail. Step out of the city life by going to Grand Canyon South Rim and Rim Trail. The adventure continues: trek along North Kaibab Trail, admire the striking features of Grand Canyon Railway Depot, take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, and make a trip to Pipe Creek Vista.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park attractions tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Zion National Park to Grand Canyon National Park. Traveling from Zion National Park in December, expect Grand Canyon National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 8°C and -11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

3
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Explore hidden gems such as Cathedral Rock and Walnut Canyon National Monument. Take a break from the city and head to Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179) and Oak Creek Canyon. There's still lots to do: hike along Devil's Bridge Trail, stroll through Airport Mesa, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and explore the striking landscape at Bell Rock.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Sedona journey planner.

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December, you will find days in Sedona are somewhat warmer (14°C), and nights are much warmer (3°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Walnut Canyon National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Walnut Canyon National Monument ©
Walnut Canyon National Monument
Oak Creek Canyon ©
Oak Creek Canyon

3
nights
Lahaina, Maui

Lahaina ©
Once the booming capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, the tropical paradise of Lahaina still remains one of Maui's top vacation attractions, providing both culture and recreation.
Get in touch with nature at Haleakala Crater and Ho'okipa Beach Park. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Kamaole Beach Park II and Kamaole Beach Park III. Take a break from Lahaina with a short trip to Wailea Beach in Wailea, about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, don't miss a visit to Lahaina Banyan Court, kick back and relax at Napili Beach, and stroll through Kapalua Beach.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Lahaina route planning app .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Sedona to Lahaina takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST) is minus 3 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Sedona in January, with highs in Lahaina at 30°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kihei, Parasailing & Paragliding, Kapalua Beach, Ho'okipa Beach Park, Haleakala Crater
Highlights from your plan
Ho'okipa Beach Park ©
Ho'okipa Beach Park
Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Kamaole Beach Park II ©
Kamaole Beach Park II

2
nights
Hilo, Island of Hawaii

Hilo ©
One of the island of Hawaii's major towns, Hilo contains a mix of Asian and Polynesian cultures and is known for its proximity to a national park encompassing two active volcanoes.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take in the pleasant sights at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, then admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable drive along Devastation Trail, then hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hilo day trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Lahaina to Hilo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. In January in Hilo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
Highlights from your plan
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden ©
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)

4
nights
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

Kailua-Kona ©
Thanks to its favorable location near a mountain range blocking the northeasterly trade winds, Kailua-Kona gets little rainfall, allowing adventure seekers and nature lovers a chance to enjoy over 300 days of sunshine each year.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Fishing Charters & Tours. Visiting Punalu‘U Beach and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Kailua-Kona side-trips: Swim with Dolphins (in Waikoloa) and Papakōlea Green Sand Beach (in Naalehu). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mauna Kea, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kailua-Kona trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Hilo to Kailua-Kona takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Poipu.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Papakōlea Green Sand Beach, Punalu‘U Beach, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Punalu‘U Beach ©
Punalu‘U Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours

5
nights
Poipu, Kauai

Poipū is a census-designated place in Kauai County on the southern side of the island of Kauai in the U.S. Visit Poipu Beach Park and Hanalei Beach for some beach relaxation. Escape the urban bustle at Waimea Canyon State Park and Na Pali Coast State Park. Explore Poipu's surroundings by going to Kayaking & Canoeing (in Kapaa) and Wailua Falls (in Lihue). There's still lots to do: trek along Kalalau Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, enjoy the sand and surf at Shipwreck Beach, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Poipu trip planner .

Getting from Kailua-Kona to Poipu by flight takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Poipu

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Na Pali Coast State Park, Kalalau Trail, Hanalei Beach, Waimea Canyon State Park, Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Na Pali Coast State Park ©
Na Pali Coast State Park
Waimea Canyon State Park ©
Waimea Canyon State Park

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