37 days in United States Itinerary

37 days in United States Itinerary

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37 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  26​h
1
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  9​h
3
New York City
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Miami
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Key West
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  13​h 15​min
6
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
8
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
9
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
10
Honolulu, Oahu
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Perth

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night
Seattle

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, shop like a local with Pike Place Market, and then admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Seattle driving holiday planner.

Perth, Australia to Seattle is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Seattle is minus 16 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Perth in December; daily highs in Seattle reach 9°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

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nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Escape the urban bustle at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Mount Washburn. Step out of Yellowstone National Park to go to Grand Teton National Park and see Grand Teton, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Hayden Valley, witness a stunning natural landmark at Castle Geyser, take in the dramatic natural features at Aurum Geyser, and trek along Artist Point.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park sightseeing website .

Do a combination of flight and car from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Seattle in December, things will get much colder in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around -5°C and lows about -19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Grand Teton
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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Mount Washburn ©
Mount Washburn
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton

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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.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art will appeal to museum buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at 9/11 Memorial and Times Square. There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, see the interesting displays at Museum of Chinese in America, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Paul's Chapel.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our New York City driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of car, flight, and bus from Yellowstone National Park to New York City in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Yellowstone National Park to New York City. In December, New York City is much hotter than Yellowstone National Park - with highs of 10°C and lows of 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Miami.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
American Museum of Natural History ©
American Museum of Natural History

2
nights
Miami

Miami ©
Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): head outdoors with Osceola panthers, then identify plant and animal life at Shark Valley Visitor Center, and then see the interesting displays at Lock & Load Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at South Beach, wander the streets of Lincoln Road, and then shop like a local with Collins Avenue.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Miami trip planner .

Getting from New York City to Miami by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in December; daily highs in Miami reach 32°C and lows reach 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Miami

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Miami Beach, Everglades National Park
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Shark Valley Visitor Center ©
Shark Valley Visitor Center
Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road
South Beach ©
South Beach

3
nights
Key West

Key West ©
Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
Appreciate the collections at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and 7 Artists & Friends. Get a sense of the local culture at Alan S. Maltz Gallery and Truman Little White House. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Key West: Crane Point Museum & Nature Center (in Marathon) and Big Pine Key (Bahia Honda State Park & National Key Deer Refuge). It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Key West vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Miami to Key West by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Key West

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Big Pine Key, Crane Point Museum & Nature Center
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Alan S. Maltz Gallery ©
Alan S. Maltz Gallery
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Grand Canyon South Rim and North Kaibab Trail. There's still lots to do: trek along Rim Trail, explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point, get great views at Lookout Studio, and explore and take pictures at Point Imperial Drive.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Key West to Grand Canyon National Park takes 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Key West to Grand Canyon National Park. In January, Grand Canyon National Park is colder than Key West - with highs of 7°C and lows of -11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim

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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 6th (Wed): examine the collection at The Mob Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, and then make a trip to Fountains of Bellagio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): browse the different shops at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, and then see the interesting displays at The Neon Museum.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Las Vegas online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in January, you will find days in Las Vegas are a bit warmer (17°C), and nights are much warmer (5°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

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

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nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Kids will enjoy Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, fly down the slopes at Curry Village Ice Rink, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

Before you visit Yosemite National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Las Vegas to Yosemite National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Las Vegas in January, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be cooler, around -12°C, while days are slightly colder, around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. Kids will enjoy Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Sapphire Hill Winery in Healdsburg--about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, take a stroll through Union Square, and browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Francisco day trip website .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in January: highs in San Francisco hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Neighborhoods Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Sapphire Hill Winery
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Waikiki Beach and Kailua Beach Park. Get a sense of the local culture at USS Arizona Memorial and USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park. Explore Honolulu's surroundings by going to Haleiwa (Waimea Bay & Sunset Beach Park) and Swim with Dolphins (in Waianae). There's more to do: trek along Diamond Head State Monument and identify plant and animal life at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Honolulu trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Honolulu takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to Honolulu due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in January; daily highs in Honolulu reach 32°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Swim with Dolphins, Kailua Beach Park
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USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach

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