53 days in Continental USA Itinerary

53 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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53 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  19​h 30​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
2
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + bus + foot + ferry:  9​h 45​min
3
Provincetown
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
New York City
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
5
Grand Teton National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Yellowstone National Park
— 6 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + taxi:  7​h 45​min
7
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Healdsburg
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 45​min
10
Olympic National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
11
Honolulu, Oahu
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
12
Lahaina, Maui
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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.
Visiting Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and cruise along Tioga Pass.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online road trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, subway, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -18 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Sydney in September since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

2
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.
Las Vegas is known for nightlife, shopping, casinos, fun & games, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and shop like a local with The Strip.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Las Vegas online trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Yosemite National Park to Las Vegas takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Provincetown.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Casinos Fun & Games Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

4
nights
Provincetown

Provincetown ©
A small resort town with a year-round population of just 3,000, Provincetown draws nearly 60,000 annual visitors with its scenic beaches, art colonies, galleries, theaters, and shops.
Step out of the city life by going to Cape Cod National Seashore and Herring Cove Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Provincetown side-trips: Cape Cod Beer (in Hyannis), Eastham (Nauset Light Beach & Coast Guard Beach) and Nauset Beach (in Orleans). The adventure continues: stroll through Race Point Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, kick back and relax at Marconi Beach, and do a tasting at Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod.

For more things to do and more tourist information, go to the Provincetown trip planning site .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Las Vegas to Provincetown in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Provincetown is 3 hours. Traveling from Las Vegas in September, expect nights in Provincetown to be a bit cooler, around 16°C, while days are colder, around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Provincetown

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Eastham, Marconi Beach, Cape Cod Beer, Cape Cod National Seashore, Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod
Highlights from your plan
Cape Cod National Seashore ©
Cape Cod National Seashore
Long Point ©
Long Point
Nauset Beach ©
Nauset Beach

5
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 a stroll through Times Square, enjoy breathtaking views from Top of the Rock, admire the striking features of Grand Central Terminal, and make a trip to Central Park.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the New York City trip builder tool .

You can fly from Provincetown to New York City in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of ferry and train. In September, New York City is somewhat warmer than Provincetown - with highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Times Square ©
Times Square
Fifth Avenue ©
Fifth Avenue

3
nights
Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park ©
The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
Get in touch with nature at Grand Teton and Teton Park Road. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascade Canyon Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier View Turnout, appreciate the views at Leigh Lake, and admire all the interesting features of 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Teton National Park itinerary planning site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from New York City to Grand Teton National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, shuttle, and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Grand Teton National Park is minus 2 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from New York City in September: highs in Grand Teton National Park hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Cascade Canyon Trail ©
Cascade Canyon Trail
Taggart Lake ©
Taggart Lake

6
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Mount Washburn and Yellowstone National Park. There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, look for all kinds of wild species at Lamar Valley, explore the striking landscape at Lower Geyser Basin, and take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park trip planner.

Getting from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. When traveling from Grand Teton National Park in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Yellowstone National Park: temperatures range from 9°C by day to -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Mount Washburn ©
Mount Washburn
Yellowstone National Park ©
Yellowstone National Park

3
nights
Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
Escape the urban bustle at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and Grinnell Glacier. There's still lots to do: hike along Iceberg Lake Trail, stroll through Highline Trail, cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road, and admire the sheer force of Apikuni Falls.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park trip itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and taxi from Yellowstone National Park to Glacier National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yellowstone National Park in October, with highs in Glacier National Park at 15°C and lows at 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and China Beach. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to Napa to see Wine Tours & Tastings about 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, kick back and relax at Marshall’s Beach, and shop like a local with Union Square.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Glacier National Park to San Francisco by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Glacier National Park to San Francisco is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Glacier National Park in October, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit warmer (26°C), and nights are much hotter (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
SoMa ©
SoMa

4
nights
Healdsburg

Healdsburg ©
The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
Explore Healdsburg's surroundings by going to St. Helena (Modus Operandi Cellars, Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, & more), Sonoma Coast State Beach (in Sonoma) and Schramsberg Vineyards (in Calistoga). There's more to do: do a tasting at Gracianna Winery.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Healdsburg trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Healdsburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from San Francisco in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Healdsburg, with highs around 30°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

St. Helena, Benziger Family Winery, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, Sonoma Coast State Beach, Schramsberg Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery
Sapphire Hill Winery ©
Sapphire Hill Winery

5
nights
Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park ©
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Step out of the city life by going to Ruby Beach and Murhut Falls. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Rialto Beach, stroll through Sol Duc Falls, delve into the lush surroundings at Olympic National Park, and hike along Hurricane Ridge.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Olympic National Park trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Healdsburg to Olympic National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Healdsburg in October, expect nights in Olympic National Park to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are cooler, around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge
Rialto Beach ©
Rialto Beach

3
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 Sunset Beach Park. Explore Honolulu's surroundings by going to Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua), Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea) and Waimea Bay (in Haleiwa). The adventure continues: go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument and explore the activities along Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Honolulu road trip planning website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Olympic National Park to Honolulu. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Olympic National Park to Honolulu due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Olympic National Park in October; daily highs in Honolulu reach 36°C and lows reach 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument, Kailua Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): kick back and relax at Napili Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wailea Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kapalua Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ka'anapali Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Lahaina online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Honolulu to Lahaina by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. October in Lahaina sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Wailea Beach, Kapalua Beach
Highlights from your plan
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Kapalua Beach ©
Kapalua Beach

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