28 days in United States Itinerary

28 days in United States Itinerary

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28 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + bus:  26​h
1
New York City
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
3
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
7
Honolulu
— 7 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Sydney

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.
Get outdoors at Bronx Zoo and Central Park Zoo. Head to Fifth Avenue and Chelsea Marketfor plenty of shopping. When in New York City, make a side trip to see Rockaway Beach in Far Rockaway, approximately 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: go for a walk through Central Park, explore the galleries of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, shop like a local with Shopping Girlfriend NYC, and make a trip to Times Square.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our New York City road trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to New York City is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. You'll gain 15 hours traveling from Sydney to New York City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get cooler in New York City: highs are around 10°C and lows about 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Bronx Zoo, Rockaway Beach
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Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©

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.
On the 2nd (Thu), browse the different shops at RIO Washingtonian Center. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, take in the exciting artwork at Madame Tussauds DC, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Eastern Market, and finally stop by The Spice & Tea Exchange.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Washington DC trip builder website .

Traveling by flight from New York City to Washington DC takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Washington DC

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trips

McLean, The Spice & Tea Exchange® of Alexandria, RIO Washingtonian Center
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Eastern Market ©
Eastern Market
National Zoological Park ©
National Zoological Park
Tidal Basin ©
Tidal Basin

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, and then get to know the fascinating history of The Strip.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas online itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Las Vegas takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Washington DC in January: high temperatures in Las Vegas hover around 17°C and lows are around 5°C. On the 6th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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The Strip ©
The Strip
Bellagio Hotel and Casino ©
Bellagio Hotel and Casino

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take some stellar pictures from Mather Point.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Las Vegas, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Nature Shopping Parks
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Hopi Point ©
Hopi Point
Powell Point ©
Powell Point

3
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 Fort Funston National Park and Baker Beach. Kids will appreciate attractions like Exploratorium and Cable Car Museum. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, make a trip to Ghirardelli Square, and wander the streets of Union Square.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Francisco road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and subway from Grand Canyon National Park to San Francisco in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in January, expect nights in San Francisco to be much warmer, around 9°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Beaches
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

4
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Bronson Caves. Family-friendly places like Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade & Montana Avenue). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, look for gifts at Amoeba Music, and buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove.

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You can fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and flight; or drive. When traveling from San Francisco in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim, Two Rodeo Drive
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

7
nights
Honolulu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Visiting Waikiki Beach and Sunset Beach Park will get you outdoors. Bring the kids along to Kailua Beach Park and USS Arizona Memorial. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honolulu: Haleiwa (Waimea Bay & Haleiwa Beach Park), Pupukea (Ehukai Beach Park & Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument) and Polynesian Cultural Center (in Laie). The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument, admire the sheer force of Manoa Falls, enjoy the sand and surf at Ala Moana Beach Park, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Honolulu trip planner .

You can fly from Los Angeles to Honolulu in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram and flight; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Honolulu is minus 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in January, with highs in Honolulu at 32°C and lows at 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Oahu, Haleiwa, Kailua, Pupukea, Turtle Bay Beach
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Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument

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