23 days in New York City, California & Hawaii Itinerary

23 days in New York City, California & Hawaii Itinerary

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23 days in New York City, California & Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + bus:  26​h
1
New York City
— 5 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
2
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
4
Honolulu, Oahu
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Melbourne


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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.
Do your shopping at Fifth Avenue and GemsNY. And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through Central Park, make a trip to Statue of Liberty National Monument, explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and see the interesting displays at 9/11 Memorial.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the New York City day trip site .

Melbourne, Australia to New York City is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 15 hours traveling from Melbourne to New York City. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Melbourne in January, with highs in New York City at 5°C and lows at -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Shopping
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Central Park ©
Central Park
Fifth Avenue ©
Fifth Avenue
Chelsea Market ©
Chelsea Market

5
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.
Head to Bergamot Station and Montana Avenuefor some retail therapy. Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park) and Third Street Promenade (in Santa Monica). There's still lots to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Santa Monica Farmers Market, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, and wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from New York City to Los Angeles in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in January, expect Los Angeles to be much hotter, temps between 24°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim, Two Rodeo Drive
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The Grove ©
The Grove
Bergamot Station ©
Bergamot Station
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Ghirardelli Squarefor some retail therapy. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, admire the masterpieces at Legion of Honor, and walk around Golden Gate Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco tour builder app .

You can fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles in January, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Parks Museums
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Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market ©
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
Ghirardelli Square ©
Ghirardelli Square

5
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.
For shopping fun, head to Ala Moana Center or Polynesian Cultural Center. Step out of Honolulu with an excursion to Sunset Beach Park in Haleiwa--about 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of USS Arizona Memorial, go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument, take in the dramatic scenery at Manoa Falls, and don't miss a visit to Battleship Missouri Memorial.

Make your Honolulu itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Honolulu takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST) is minus 2 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from San Francisco in January: high temperatures in Honolulu hover around 32°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Polynesian Cultural Center, Sunset Beach Park
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Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Ala Moana Center ©
Ala Moana Center
Shimazu Shave ice ©
Shimazu Shave ice

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