37 days in United States & Vancouver Itinerary

37 days in United States & Vancouver Itinerary

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37 days in United States & Vancouver Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Vancouver, Canada
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Seattle, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Portland, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
4
Boston, United States
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h
5
New York City, United States
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Philadelphia, United States
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Washington DC, United States
— 3 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
8
Sacramento, United States
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
San Francisco, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
10
Las Vegas, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
11
Los Angeles, United States
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Melbourne, Australia

3
nights
Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver ©
Known as "Hollywood North," Vancouver boasts one of the largest film/television industries in the world, second only to Los Angeles and New York.
Let the collections at Museum of Anthropology and Granville Island Gallery capture your imagination. Step out of the city life by going to Kitsilano Beach and Grouse Mountain. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Granville Island, explore the striking landscape at Vancouver Seawall, kick back and relax at Spanish Banks, and contemplate the waterfront views at English Bay.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Vancouver tour site .

Melbourne, Australia to Vancouver is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Vancouver is minus 18 hours. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Melbourne in November: highs in Vancouver hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Seattle.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Grouse Mountain
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Kitsilano Beach ©
Kitsilano Beach
Granville Island ©
Granville Island
Museum of Anthropology ©
Museum of Anthropology

3
nights
Seattle, United States

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Let the collections at Chihuly Garden and Glass and Glasshouse Studio capture your imagination. Get in touch with nature at Alki Beach and Mount Ellinor. Take a break from Seattle with a short trip to Mount Walker in Olympic National Park, about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Pike Place Market, explore the wide array of goods at Nordstrom, examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, and walk around Discovery Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Seattle route site .

Getting from Vancouver to Seattle by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Seattle are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Portland.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Olympic National Park
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 13:
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Alki Beach ©
Alki Beach
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

3
nights
Portland, United States

Portland ©
A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Cannon Beach, see the interesting displays at Portland Art Museum, and then stop by Powell's City of Books. On the next day, admire the sheer force of Multnomah Falls, see the interesting displays at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, and then examine the collection at Portland Puppet Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Portland trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Seattle to Portland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Portland sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Boston.

Things to do in Portland

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Multnomah Falls, Cannon Beach, Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
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Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum ©
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books

2
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Boston, United States

Boston ©
Rich in museums, restaurants, shops, and historical sites, Boston attracts over 16 million visitors each year. New England's largest and most influential city, Boston ranks among the world's major centers of education and culture.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): buy something for everyone on your list at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, take a stroll through North End, then explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts, and finally take an in-depth tour of USS Constitution Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): take a memorable tour with Tours and then take a stroll through Newbury Street.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Boston online road trip planner .

You can fly from Portland to Boston in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Portland to Boston due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Portland in November since evenings lows in Boston dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Boston

Museums Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Museum of Fine Arts ©
Museum of Fine Arts
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Newbury Street ©
Newbury Street

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nights
New York City, United States

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.
You'll explore and learn at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial. Step out of the city life by going to The Golf Club at Chelsea Piers and Speed Boats Tours. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Times Square, see the interesting displays at New York Public Library, explore the landscape on two wheels at East River Waterfront Esplanade, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hudson River Greenway.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the New York City trip planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Boston to New York City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Boston in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 7°C in New York City. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can catch the train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Outdoors Museums
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Times Square ©
Times Square
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial

3
nights
Philadelphia, United States

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Get outdoors at Schuylkill River Trail and Kelly Drive. Shop till you drop at Reading Terminal Market and Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Rittenhouse Square, try your luck at Harrah's Philadelphia, explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art, and stop by Sweet As Fudge Candy Shoppe.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Philadelphia visit planner .

Traveling by train from New York City to Philadelphia takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in November, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Shopping Fun & Games

Side Trip

Harrah's Philadelphia
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Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Barnes Foundation ©
Barnes Foundation
Eastern State Penitentiary ©
Eastern State Penitentiary

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nights
Washington DC, United States

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 26th (Thu), sample the fine beverages at Sagamore Spirit Distillery. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, and then learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Washington DC trip planner .

Traveling by train from Philadelphia to Washington DC takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in November, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sacramento.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trip

Baltimore
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 29:
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Sagamore Spirit Distillery ©
Sagamore Spirit Distillery
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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nights
Sacramento, United States

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Let the collections at California State Railroad Museum and California Automobile Museum capture your imagination. For shopping fun, head to Westfield Galleria at Roseville or Blue Line Arts. Venture out of the city with trips to Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven (in Davis), Kuleto Estate Winery (in St. Helena) and Boa Vista Orchards (in Placerville). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Crocker Art Museum, ponder the world of politics at Capitol Park, take in nature's colorful creations at California State Capitol Museum, and examine the collection at Old Sacramento Waterfront.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sacramento route maker .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Washington DC to Sacramento takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Washington DC in November: highs in Sacramento hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Roseville, Kuleto Estate Winery, Boa Vista Orchards, Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 2:
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California State Capitol Museum ©
California State Capitol Museum
Kuleto Estate Winery ©
Kuleto Estate Winery
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum

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nights
San Francisco, United States

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 3rd (Thu), take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, then stroll through Alcatraz Island, then contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Exploratorium, then enjoy the sand and surf at Baker Beach, and then brush up on your military savvy at USS Pampanito.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Sacramento to San Francisco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Sacramento in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 8°C in San Francisco. On the 5th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Neighborhoods
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Union Square ©
Union Square

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nights
Las Vegas, United States

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, then shop like a local with The Strip, and then admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Las Vegas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in December, Las Vegas is a bit cooler at night with lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

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nights
Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Step out of the city life by going to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach. You'll explore and learn at The Getty Center and Hammer Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade & Santa Monica Farmers Market). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, view the masterpieces at Hauser & Wirth, and make a trip to Montana Avenue.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles travel route site .

Getting from Las Vegas to Los Angeles by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Las Vegas in December, with highs in Los Angeles at 24°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Two Rodeo Drive
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 11:
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Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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