36 days in United States Itinerary

36 days in United States Itinerary

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36 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  20​h
1
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Salt Lake City
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
3
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h 30​min
6
Minneapolis
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
7
Milwaukee
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
8
Chicago
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
9
Detroit
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Cleveland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Pittsburgh
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
12
Harrisburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
13
Philadelphia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
14
New York City
— 8 nights
bus + Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of The Strip, then examine the collection at Pinball Hall of Fame, then get engrossed in the history at Titanic, and finally try your luck at Casino at Luxor Las Vegas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and then take in breathtaking views at Hoover Dam Bypass.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas visit planner.

Sydney, Australia to Las Vegas is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Sydney to Las Vegas, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, Las Vegas is a bit warmer than Sydney - with highs of 36°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
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The Strip ©
The Strip
Lake Mead National Recreation Area ©
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Pinball Hall of Fame ©
Pinball Hall of Fame

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Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City ©
Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
On the 12th (Sun), get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Utah, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Tabernacle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Salt Lake Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Square. Keep things going the next day: fly down the slopes at Deer Valley Resort.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Salt Lake City trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Las Vegas to Salt Lake City in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Salt Lake City is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Las Vegas in May: high temperatures in Salt Lake City hover around 26°C and lows are around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks Winter Sports Historic Sites

Side Trip

Deer Valley Resort
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Temple Square ©
Temple Square
Deer Valley Resort ©
Deer Valley Resort
Natural History Museum of Utah ©
Natural History Museum of Utah

3
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. On your second day here, take a memorable drive along Independence Pass and then trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Aspen road trip planning website .

You can fly from Salt Lake City to Aspen in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Salt Lake City in May: high temperatures in Aspen hover around 19°C and lows are around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Denver.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
River Rafting & Tubing
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

2
nights
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
On your second day here, look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and finally wander the streets of 16th Street Mall.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Aspen to Denver by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Aspen in May since evenings lows in Denver dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dinosaur Ridge
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Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

2
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): meet the residents at Reptile Gardens, brush up on your military savvy at South Dakota Air and Space Museum, then do a tasting at Firehouse Wine Cellars, and finally take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rapid City holiday site .

Traveling by flight from Denver to Rapid City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Rapid City can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Neighborhoods
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Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
South Dakota Air and Space Museum ©
South Dakota Air and Space Museum
Downtown Rapid City ©
Downtown Rapid City

2
nights
Minneapolis

Minneapolis ©
Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Saint Paul. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art, then take an in-depth tour of American Swedish Institute, then get your game on at The Escape Game, and finally admire the sheer force of Minnehaha Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Minneapolis road trip planner .

You can fly from Rapid City to Minneapolis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rapid City to Minneapolis, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, daily temperatures in Minneapolis can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time for travel to Milwaukee.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Saint Paul
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Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Summit Avenue
Summit Avenue
Cathedral of Saint Paul ©
Cathedral of Saint Paul

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Milwaukee

Milwaukee ©
Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): explore the world behind art at Milwaukee Art Museum, take a stroll through Historic Third Ward, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of St. Josaphat, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Lakefront Brewery. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Pabst Mansion and then examine the collection at Harley-Davidson Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Milwaukee trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Minneapolis to Milwaukee takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In May in Milwaukee, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Chicago.

Things to do in Milwaukee

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Harley-Davidson Museum ©
Harley-Davidson Museum
Basilica of St. Josaphat ©
Basilica of St. Josaphat
Milwaukee Art Museum ©
Milwaukee Art Museum

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Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): stroll around Jackson Bark - Dog Park and then admire the striking features of Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. Here are some ideas for day two: engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, then see the interesting displays at Oriental Institute Museum, and then stop by Albanese Candy Factory.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Chicago road trip planning app .

Getting from Milwaukee to Chicago by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Sun) before leaving for Detroit.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Albanese Candy Factory
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Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Oriental Institute Museum ©
Oriental Institute Museum
Rockefeller Memorial Chapel ©
Rockefeller Memorial Chapel

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Detroit

Detroit ©
Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Michigan Soldiers and Sailors Monument.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Detroit sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Chicago to Detroit in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Chicago to Detroit, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cleveland.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Dearborn, Maybury State Park, The Town Peddler Craft and Antique Mall
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The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village
Maybury State Park ©
Maybury State Park

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Cleveland

Cleveland ©
A culturally diverse city situated on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland boasts many places to visit, such as world-class museums, popular amusement parks, and sprawling recreational areas.
On the 28th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of McKinley Presidential Library & Museum and then try to win big at Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, then stroll the grounds of Dr. Bob's Gravesite, then stop by Heini's Cheese Chalet, and finally examine the collection at Nativity Museum and replica of Bethlehem's cave.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Cleveland journey builder app .

You can drive from Detroit to Cleveland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In May, daytime highs in Cleveland are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Pittsburgh.

Things to do in Cleveland

Parks Casinos Fun & Games

Side Trips

Akron, Heini's Cheese Chalet, McKinley Presidential Library & Museum, Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park
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Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens ©
Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
Dr. Bob's Gravesite ©
Dr. Bob's Gravesite

1
night
Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh ©
Known primarily for its steel-related heritage and 446 bridges, Pittsburgh sits at the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers, which meet to form the Ohio River.
To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Pittsburgh online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Cleveland to Pittsburgh by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Harrisburg.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Museums
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Bicycle Heaven ©
Bicycle Heaven

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Harrisburg

Harrisburg ©
Harrisburg is the capital city of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the United States, and the county seat of Dauphin County. Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): examine the collection at Gettysburg Museum of History, take an in-depth tour of Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, and then contemplate the long history of Dobbin House Tavern. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Jennie Wade House, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Gettysburg National Cemetery, then take in the history at Gettysburg National Military Park, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Harrisburg sightseeing planning site .

Getting from Pittsburgh to Harrisburg by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In May in Harrisburg, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. You will leave for Philadelphia on the 2nd (Sun).

Things to do in Harrisburg

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Gettysburg
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1
night
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): examine the collection at Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, then view the masterpieces at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, and then wander the streets of Society Hill.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Philadelphia tour planner.

You can take a train from Harrisburg to Philadelphia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Philadelphia, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can catch the train to New York City.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
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Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum ©
Society Hill ©
Society Hill
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens ©
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

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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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Ocean Grove Beach and Long Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at 9/11 Memorial and Statue of Liberty National Monument. Change things up with these side-trips from New York City: Edgar Felix Memorial Bikeway (in Manasquan), Trailside Nature & Science Center (in Mountainside) and Duke Farms (in Hillsborough). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Ellis Island, take in the spiritual surroundings of Trinity Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Chapel, and see the interesting displays at Tenement Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the New York City tour itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Philadelphia to New York City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Duke Farms, Trailside Nature & Science Center, Argyle Park, Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Edgar Felix Memorial Bikeway
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9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Ellis Island ©
Ellis Island
New York Public Library ©
New York Public Library

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