48 days in United States Itinerary

48 days in United States Itinerary

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48 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Washington DC
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Nantucket
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
New York City
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
New Haven
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
10
Boston
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
11
San Francisco
— 3 nights
+2
subway + Fly + taxi:  8​h
12
Hanalei, Kauai
— 4 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  4​h 15​min
13
Lahaina, Maui
— 4 nights
foot + Fly:  3​h
14
Honolulu, Oahu
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Melbourne


1
night
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.
On the 10th (Mon), get to know the fascinating history of El Pueblo de Los Angeles, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and finally examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Pacific Standard Time is minus 18 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in September, expect Los Angeles to be much hotter, temps between 34°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): explore the stunning scenery at Zion's Main Canyon and then admire all the interesting features of Zion Shuttle. Keep things going the next day: trek along Angel's Landing and then cruise along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.

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Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Los Angeles to Zion National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Zion National Park, with lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing

3
nights
Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park ©
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
Explore hidden gems such as Navajo/Queens Garden Loop and Fairyland Loop Trail. Visiting Navajo Loop Trail and Wall Street will get you outdoors. There's more to do: take in breathtaking views at Sunset Point and stop by Ruby's Inn Canyon Rock Shop.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Bryce Canyon National Park online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park takes 3 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Zion National Park in September; daily highs in Bryce Canyon National Park reach 25°C and lows reach 5°C. On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Sunset Point ©
Sunset Point
Ruby's Inn Canyon Rock Shop ©
Ruby's Inn Canyon Rock Shop

5
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.
Visiting Grand Canyon South Rim and Rim Trail will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at South Kaibab Trail and Powell Point. On the 18th (Tue), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. And it doesn't end there: trek along North Kaibab Trail, get great views at Hopi Point, and get outside with Shoshone Point.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park trip planner.

Getting from Bryce Canyon National Park to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. In September in Grand Canyon National Park, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 7°C at night. On the 21st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Parks 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
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Valley of Fire State Park and Stratosphere Tower. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Strip and The Mob Museum. There's still lots to do: take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, enjoy some music at Bellagio Fountains, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip itinerary maker tool .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September: highs in Las Vegas hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Valley of Fire State Park
Highlights from your plan
Bellagio Fountains ©
Bellagio Fountains
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Arlington National Cemetery and Newseum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Gallery of Art and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Tomb of the Unknowns, learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Washington DC trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to Washington DC takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Washington DC is 3 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Las Vegas in September; daily highs in Washington DC reach 32°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Nantucket.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Arlington
Highlights from your plan
Tomb of the Unknowns ©
Tomb of the Unknowns
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum

3
nights
Nantucket

Nantucket ©
Nantucket is an island about 30mi by ferry south from Cape Cod, in the American state of Massachusetts. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum and then get engrossed in the history at Egan Maritime's Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): kick back and relax at Surfside Beach, then stop by Aunt Leah's Fudge, and then kick back and relax at Madaket Beach.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Nantucket visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Nantucket takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Washington DC in September, expect Nantucket to be a bit cooler, temps between 24°C and 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Nantucket

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Great Point Light ©
Great Point Light
Sankaty Head Lighthouse ©
Sankaty Head Lighthouse
Whaling Museum ©
Whaling Museum

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). 9/11 Memorial and Statue of Liberty National Monument are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Central Park, explore the galleries of Ellis Island, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History.

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Traveling by flight from Nantucket to New York City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In October, New York City is a bit warmer than Nantucket - with highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to New Haven.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Ellis Island ©
Ellis Island

1
night
New Haven

New Haven ©
New Haven, in the U.S. On the 6th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Florence Griswold Museum and then immerse yourself in nature at Gillette Castle State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the majestic nature at Hammonasset Beach State Park and then examine the collection at Yale Collection of Musical Instruments.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the New Haven itinerary planning site .

Getting from New York City to New Haven by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from New York City in October, plan for slightly colder nights in New Haven, with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Boston.

Things to do in New Haven

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gillette Castle State Park, Florence Griswold Museum, Hammonasset Beach State Park
Highlights from your plan
Florence Griswold Museum ©
Florence Griswold Museum
Gillette Castle State Park ©
Gillette Castle State Park

4
nights
Boston

Boston ©
Rich in museums, restaurants, shops, and historical sites, Boston attracts over 16 million visitors each year. New England's largest and most influential city, Boston ranks among the world's major centers of education and culture.
Popular historic sites such as Freedom Trail and Louisburg Square are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museum of Fine Arts and North End. Go for a jaunt from Boston to Rye Beach to see Jenness State Beach about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: explore and take pictures at Fenway Park, browse the different shops at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, admire the natural beauty at Boston Public Garden, and stop by Brookline Booksmith.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Boston holiday planner.

Traveling by train from New Haven to Boston takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Boston sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Boston

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Brookline Booksmith, Jenness State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Jenness State Beach ©
Jenness State Beach
Freedom Trail ©
Freedom Trail
Museum of Fine Arts ©
Museum of Fine Arts

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Point Isabel and China Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps, and visit a coastal fixture at Fort Point.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Francisco online attractions planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Boston to San Francisco in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Boston to San Francisco. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Boston in October: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 26°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hanalei.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Point Isabel
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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nights
Hanalei, Kauai

Hanalei ©
Hanalei is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. Escape the urban bustle at Poipu Beach Park and Na Pali Coast State Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Wai`oli Hui`ia Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Kayaking & Canoeing (in Kapaa) and Helicopter Tours (in Lihue). There's more to do: stroll through Hanalei Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Hanalei visit planner .

You can do a combination of subway, flight, and taxi from San Francisco to Hanalei in 8 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to Hanalei due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in October, with highs in Hanalei at 33°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Hanalei

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Kayaking & Canoeing, Helicopter Tours, Na Pali Coast State Park, Poipu Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kayaking & Canoeing

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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.
Visiting Ka'anapali Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Haleakala Crater and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Napili Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Village Galleries in Lahaina, get interesting insight from Tours, and don't miss a visit to Lahaina Banyan Court.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Lahaina trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Hanalei to Lahaina takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Lahaina can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Kihei, Zipline, Haleakala Crater
Highlights from your plan
Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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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.
Visit Kailua Beach Park and Lanikai Beach for some beach relaxation. Museum-lovers will get to explore Iolani Palace and USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Honolulu: Polynesian Cultural Center (in Laie) and Byodo-In Temple (in Kaneohe). And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate the long history of Battleship Missouri Memorial, explore the different monuments and memorials at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, and pause for some photo ops at USS Arizona Memorial.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Honolulu visit planning app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Lahaina to Honolulu in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In October, daily temperatures in Honolulu can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Kailua, Polynesian Cultural Center, Byodo-In Temple
Highlights from your plan
Polynesian Cultural Center ©
Polynesian Cultural Center
Scuba & Snorkeling
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial

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