27 days in United States Itinerary

27 days in United States Itinerary

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27 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
2
New York City
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
3
Littleton
— 5 nights
Drive:  10​h 30​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
5
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
6
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  3​h 15​min
8
Lahaina, Maui
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
9
Honolulu, Oahu
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Sydney

2
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.
On the 15th (Thu), kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach and then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, then explore the activities along Santa Monica Bay, and then examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip itinerary builder site .

Sydney, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Los Angeles, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Los Angeles is little chillier than Sydney - with highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica
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Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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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.
On the 18th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Ellis Island, get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History, and then appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial. On the next day, take a leisurely stroll along Coney Island and then kick back and relax at Rockaway Beach.

To see maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our New York City vacation builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to New York City takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to New York City is 3 hours. Expect colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in December: highs in New York City hover around 10°C, while lows dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Littleton.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rockaway Beach, Coney Island
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9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Ellis Island ©
Ellis Island
American Museum of Natural History ©

5
nights
Littleton

Littleton ©
Littleton is the Home Rule Municipality in Arapahoe, Douglas, and Jefferson counties that is the county seat of Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States. Get outdoors at Roxborough State Park and Winter Park Resort. Change things up with these side-trips from Littleton: Water World (in Federal Heights) and Mile High Drives (in Wheat Ridge). There's lots more to do: stroll around Deer Creek Canyon Park, contemplate the long history of Dinosaur Ridge, and identify plant and animal life at White River National Forest.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Littleton holiday maker website .

You can fly from New York City to Littleton in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Littleton is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of -9°C in Littleton. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Littleton

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Water World, White River National Forest, Mile High Drives, Winter Park Resort, Dinosaur Ridge
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Deer Creek Canyon Park ©
Deer Creek Canyon Park
Roxborough State Park ©
Roxborough State Park
Winter Park Resort ©
Winter Park Resort

1
night
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 26th (Mon): hike along South Kaibab Trail and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park trip site .

You can drive from Littleton to Grand Canyon National Park in 11 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow time for travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Hermit's Rest ©
Hermit's Rest

2
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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): immerse yourself in nature at Angel Island State Park, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then stop by The Embarcadero, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco journey planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to San Francisco takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to San Francisco. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December, you will find days in San Francisco are somewhat warmer (17°C), and nights are warmer (8°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature Historic Sites Parks
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Angel Island State Park ©
Angel Island State Park

3
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and Kealakekua Bay. Visiting Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Big Island Divers will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Honaunau Bay in Honaunau (about 44 minutes away). There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with Kona Diving Company, enjoy the sand and surf at Kahaluu Beach, and take a leisurely stroll along Kailua Pier.

For maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona road trip tool .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Kailua-Kona takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In December, Kailua-Kona is much hotter than San Francisco - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Honaunau, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Kealakekua Bay, Kahaluu Beach
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Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Kona Diving Company ©
Kona Diving Company

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nights
Hilo, Island of Hawaii

Hilo ©
One of the island of Hawaii's major towns, Hilo contains a mix of Asian and Polynesian cultures and is known for its proximity to a national park encompassing two active volcanoes.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, immerse yourself in nature at Wailuku River State Park, get to know the resident critters at Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens, then admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, and finally admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park. Keep things going the next day: trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead and then contemplate the geological forces at Kīlauea.

Start your trip to Hilo by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Kailua-Kona to Hilo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Hilo sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Kīlauea ©
Kīlauea

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): kick back and relax at Honokeana Bay and then admire the majestic nature at Iao Valley. On your second day here, see Maui Surfer Girls and then relax and float downstream with Hawaii Ocean Rafting.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Lahaina holiday tool .

Getting from Hilo to Lahaina by combination of flight and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. In January, daily temperatures in Lahaina can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

Iao Valley, Honokeana Bay
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Honokeana Bay ©
Honokeana Bay
Iao Valley ©
Iao Valley
Hawaii Ocean Rafting ©
Hawaii Ocean Rafting

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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.
Visiting Diamond Head State Monument and Manoa Falls will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as USS Arizona Memorial and Battleship Missouri Memorial are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Waikiki Beach, discover the deep blue sea with Alex's Aquatic Adventures, identify plant and animal life at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, and contemplate the long history of Iolani Palace.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Honolulu travel itinerary planner .

You can fly from Lahaina to Honolulu in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve ©
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument

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