60 days in United States Itinerary

60 days in United States Itinerary

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60 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  13 h
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
2
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 6 nights
Fly:  9 h 30 min
3
Homer
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  12 h 45 min
4
Flagstaff
— 5 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
5
Santa Fe
— 4 nights
+2
Shuttle + Fly + Bus:  11 h
6
Hilton Head
— 2 nights
Fly:  11 h 45 min
7
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 5 nights
Fly + Taxi:  10 h
8
Munising
— 5 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  6 h 15 min
9
Custer
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
10
Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Drive:  6 h 45 min
11
Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9 h 45 min
12
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  19 h 30 min
End: Sydney

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.
Family-friendly places like Makapuu Lighthouse Trail and Lanikai Beach will thrill your kids. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kailua Beach Park and Koko Crater Railway Trail. The adventure continues: examine the collection at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, contemplate the long history of Battleship Missouri Memorial, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and get engrossed in the history at Iolani Palace.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Honolulu day trip app .

Sydney, Australia to Honolulu is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 20 hours traveling from Sydney to Honolulu. When traveling from Sydney in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Honolulu: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kailua, Pele's Chair
Highlights from your plan
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park
Lanikai Beach ©
Lanikai Beach

6
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.
Get outdoors at Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay) and Swim with Dolphins. Family-friendly places like Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and Upolu Point will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kailua-Kona: Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako), Mau'umae Beach (in Waimea) and Rainbow Falls (in Hilo). There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the awesome beauty at Mauna Kea, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manini Kapahukapu Beach, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Kailua-Kona vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Kailua-Kona takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Homer.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Honaunau, Lapakahi State Historical Park, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Two Step, Upolu Point
Highlights from your plan
Mauna Kea ©
Mauna Kea
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay) ©
Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)

2
nights
Homer

Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies and Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bishop's Beach Park and Anchor River State Recreation Area. Step out of Homer to go to Ninilchik and see Fishing Charters & Tours, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Homer Spit, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and trek along Diamond Creek Trail.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Homer travel route builder app .

Getting from Kailua-Kona to Homer by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Kailua-Kona to Homer is 1 hour. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in September, things will get much colder in Homer: highs are around 16°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Flagstaff.

Things to do in Homer

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Anchor River State Recreation Area, Fishing Charters & Tours
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Photography Tours
Homer Spit ©
Homer Spit

5
nights
Flagstaff

Flagstaff ©
Sitting at an elevation of 2,135 m (7,000 ft) and just a short trip from the Grand Canyon and other natural wonders, the city of Flagstaff attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.
Escape the urban bustle at South Kaibab Trail and Walnut Canyon National Monument. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wupatki National Monument and Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179). Change things up with these side-trips from Flagstaff: Bearizona Wildlife Park (in Williams), Sedona (Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock, & more) and Moran Point (in Grand Canyon National Park). Spend the 17th (Tue) exploring nature at Red Mountain Trail.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Flagstaff online travel route planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Homer to Flagstaff takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Alaska Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 2 hours. When traveling from Homer in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Flagstaff: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Flagstaff

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Sedona, Grand Canyon National Park, Bearizona Wildlife Park
Highlights from your plan
Walnut Canyon National Monument ©
Walnut Canyon National Monument
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Wupatki National Monument ©
Wupatki National Monument

4
nights
Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Get outdoors at Bandelier National Monument and Fort Union National Monument. Visit Santa Fe Plaza and Loretto Chapel for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Fe: San Jose de Gracia Mission Church (in Trampas), Jemez Mountains (in Jemez Springs) and Los Alamos Nature Center (in Los Alamos). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, see the interesting displays at New Mexico History Museum, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Santa Fe road trip planning app .

You can drive from Flagstaff to Santa Fe in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Flagstaff in September; daily highs in Santa Fe reach 31°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hilton Head.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Los Alamos, San Jose de Gracia Church, Jemez Mountains, Fort Union National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

2
nights
Hilton Head

Hilton Head ©
A Hilton Head vacation may be heaven for a golfer, but the area also offers all kinds of other options for sports fans.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Parasailing & Paragliding and Speed Boats Tours. We've included these beaches for you: Coligny Beach and Burkes Beach. There's much more to do: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, kick back and relax at Alder Lane Beach Access, stroll through Hilton Head Island Bike Trails, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hilton Head trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Santa Fe to Hilton Head in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Santa Fe in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Hilton Head, with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Bar Harbor.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Coligny Beach ©
Coligny Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours
Hilton Head Island Bike Trails ©
Hilton Head Island Bike Trails

5
nights
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island

Bar Harbor ©
Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. Appreciate the collections at The Seal Cove Auto Museum and George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History. You'll get in some beach time at Little Hunters Beach and Echo Lake Beach. Explore Bar Harbor's surroundings by going to Southwest Harbor (Charlotte Rhoades Garden and Butterfly Park & Wonderland Trail). Spend the 30th (Mon) exploring nature at Acadia National Park. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Shore Path, head off the coast to Mount Desert Island, trek along Gorham Mountain Trail, and take a memorable drive along Park Loop Road.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Bar Harbor road trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and car from Hilton Head to Bar Harbor takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Hilton Head in September, expect Bar Harbor to be little chillier, temps between 24°C and 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Munising.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Acadia National Park, Southwest Harbor, Indian Point Blagden Preserve, The Seal Cove Auto Museum
Highlights from your plan
Cadillac Mountain ©
Cadillac Mountain
Shore Path ©
Shore Path
Park Loop Road ©
Park Loop Road

5
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seney National Wildlife Refuge and Tahquamenon Falls State Park. We've included these beaches for you: Sand Point Beach and 12-Mile Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Fayette Historic State Park (in Garden) and Palms Book State Park (in Manistique). Spend the 4th (Fri) exploring nature at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, admire the sheer force of Spray Falls, identify plant and animal life at Hiawatha National Forest, and try for a hole-in-one at Miners Falls Mini Golf.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Munising online holiday planner .

Getting from Bar Harbor to Munising by combination of flight and taxi takes about 10 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. In October in Munising, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Custer.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

12-Mile Beach, Seney National Wildlife Refuge, Palms Book State Park, Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Fayette Historic State Park
Highlights from your plan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Tahquamenon Falls State Park ©
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Miners Falls ©
Miners Falls

5
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Explore hidden gems such as Wind Cave National Park and Jewel Cave National Monument. Visiting Black Hills National Forest and Presidential Trail will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Custer: Rankin Ridge Nature Trail (in Wind Cave National Park) and Mammoth Site of Hot Springs (in Hot Springs). There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Wildlife Loop Road, take in the awesome beauty at Black Hills, admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Custer trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Munising to Custer in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Munising to Custer, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Custer when traveling from Munising in October, with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Keystone, Wind Cave National Park, Black Hills, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest
Wind Cave National Park ©
Wind Cave National Park

3
nights
Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
Explore hidden gems such as Badlands National Park and Door Trail. Visiting Badlands Wall and Notch Trail will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Loop Road, look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, explore the striking landscape of Yellow Mounds Overlook, and explore the striking landscape at White River Valley Overlook.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Badlands National Park trip planner .

Drive from Custer to Badlands National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Custer, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Badlands National Park, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Loop Road ©
Loop Road

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 West Thumb Geyser Basin and Yellowstone Lake. Get outdoors at Natural Bridge Trail and Lower Geyser Basin. Spend the 20th (Sun) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, explore and take pictures at Firehole Canyon Drive, and take in the dramatic natural features at Gibbon Falls.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park trip builder app .

Getting from Badlands National Park to Yellowstone National Park by combination of taxi, flight, and car takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Badlands National Park in October; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 9°C and lows reach -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Artist Point ©
Artist Point
Yellowstone National Park ©
Yellowstone National Park
Firehole Canyon Drive ©
Firehole Canyon Drive

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as El Capitan and Yosemite Falls. Step out of the city life by going to Panorama Trail and Tuolumne Meadows. Spend the 28th (Mon) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, explore the striking landscape at Lembert Dome, and contemplate the waterfront views at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park road trip planning site .

Do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Yosemite National Park in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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