38 days in Canada & United States Itinerary

38 days in Canada & United States Itinerary

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38 days in Canada & United States Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Vancouver, Canada
— 7 nights
Fly:  7​h
2
Toronto, Canada
— 8 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
3
New York City, United States
— 9 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
4
San Francisco, United States
— 12 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Brisbane, Australia


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7
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Granville Island and Gastown. Step out of the city life by going to Kitsilano Beach and Crescent Beach. Go for a jaunt from Vancouver to Surrey to see Urban Safari Rescue Society about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Spanish Banks, stroll through Stanley Park, see the interesting displays at Museum of Anthropology, and take a stroll through Yaletown.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Vancouver day trip planning website .

Brisbane, Australia to Vancouver is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also fly. Traveling from Brisbane to Vancouver, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in May; daily highs in Vancouver reach 21°C and lows reach 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Fri) before leaving for Toronto.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Surrey, George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Thomas Haas
Find places to stay May 1 — 8:
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Granville Island ©
Granville Island
Kitsilano Beach ©
Kitsilano Beach
Museum of Anthropology ©
Museum of Anthropology

8
nights
Toronto, Canada

Toronto ©
Possibly the world's most diverse city, Toronto houses over 80 ethnic communities speaking nearly 150 different languages or dialects.
Head to Kensington Market and Spadina Avenue and Soma Chocolate Makerfor some retail therapy. You'll get in some beach time at Crystal Beach and Toronto Beach. Explore Toronto's surroundings by going to Niagara River Recreation Trail (in Niagara-on-the-Lake), The Pen Centre (in St. Catharines) and Niagara Falls (Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory, Niagara Falls, & more). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of The Distillery District, kick back and relax at Canada's Sugar Beach, take a stroll through Cabbagetown, and hunt for treasures at St. Lawrence Market.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Toronto trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Vancouver to Toronto by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Vancouver to Toronto is 3 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow time for travel to New York City.

Things to do in Toronto

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Niagara Falls, The Pen Centre, Kacaba Vineyards Winery, Niagara River Recreation Trail, Crystal Beach
Find places to stay May 8 — 16:
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Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Casa Loma ©
Casa Loma
The Distillery District ©
The Distillery District

9
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial. Popular historic sites such as Ellis Island and Gateway National Recreation are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Teatown Lake Reservation in Ossining (about 1 hour away). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Times Square, take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, shop like a local with Fifth Avenue, and learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City online tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Toronto to New York City in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In May in New York City, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Teatown Lake Reservation, Gateway National Recreation
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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

12
nights
San Francisco, United States

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll get in some beach time at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve and Baker Beach. Shop till you drop at Union Square and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Montara State Beach (in Montara), Miramar Beach (in Half Moon Bay) and Wine Tours & Tastings (in Napa). And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, immerse yourself in nature at Sonoma Coast State Beach, and shop like a local with Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco road trip tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to San Francisco in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and subway; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to San Francisco. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trips

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Sonoma Coast State Beach, Schramsberg Vineyards, Miramar Beach, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Find places to stay May 25 — Jun 6:
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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