38 days in United States Itinerary

38 days in United States Itinerary

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38 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
San Simeon
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
3
Carmel
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Wawona
— 2 nights
Drive:  11​h
6
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Monument Valley
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 15​min
8
Salt Lake City
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
9
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h 15​min
10
Keystone
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
11
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
12
Salem
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
13
Portland
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
14
New York City
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
15
Orlando
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
16
Islamorada
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
17
Big Pine Key
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
18
Key West
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
19
Dallas
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Sydney

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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.
The Getty Center and Madame Tussauds Hollywood will appeal to museum buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Petersen Automotive Museum and Santa Monica Pier. There's still lots to do: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, admire the striking features of Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, and explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles road trip 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. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in September: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 34°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Outdoors Parks

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Santa Monica
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Petersen Automotive Museum ©
Petersen Automotive Museum
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Simeon trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Simeon in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, San Simeon is a bit cooler at night with lows of 13°C. On the 8th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Carmel.

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Wineries
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Hearst Ranch Winery ©
Hearst Ranch Winery

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Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 8th (Tue), shop like a local with Gallery by the Sea Carmel.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Carmel trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in September, plan for slightly colder days in Carmel, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Shopping Museums
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Gallery by the Sea Carmel ©
Gallery by the Sea Carmel

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 9th (Wed), take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco travel planning tool .

Getting from Carmel to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In September in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Wawona.

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Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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Wawona

Wawona ©
Wawona is a census-designated place in Mariposa County, California. On the 10th (Thu), take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, then snap pictures at Pohono Bridge, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, take some stellar pictures from Valley View, then explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Wawona day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Wawona takes 4 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Wawona: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Wawona

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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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.
On the 12th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Yavapai Geology Museum, stroll around Indian Garden, then enjoy breathtaking views from Yavapai Point, then admire the striking features of Lookout Studio, and finally take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park itinerary app .

You can drive from Wawona to Grand Canyon National Park in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Wawona to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Wawona in September; daily highs in Grand Canyon National Park reach 28°C and lows reach 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Childrens Museums Museums
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Yavapai Point ©
Yavapai Point
Yavapai Geology Museum ©
Yavapai Geology Museum
Lookout Studio ©
Lookout Studio

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Monument Valley

Monument Valley ©
Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, then walk around Sandstone Tours, and then see the interesting displays at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum..

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Monument Valley trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Monument Valley in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September, things will get a bit warmer in Monument Valley: highs are around 32°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Parks Nature Museums
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Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Goulding’s Trading Post Museum. ©
Goulding’s Trading Post Museum.

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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 14th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Assembly Hall, admire the natural beauty at Temple Square, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church Office Building.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Salt Lake City trip planner .

You can drive from Monument Valley to Salt Lake City in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Monument Valley in September, Salt Lake City is a bit warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Historic Sites Parks
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Temple Square ©
Temple Square
Church Office Building ©
Church Office Building
Assembly Hall ©
Assembly Hall

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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.
Get some historical perspective at S Rim Trail and Uncle Tom's Trail. Get outdoors at Grand Prismatic Spring and North Rim Trail. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Gibbon Falls, explore the striking landscape at Artists’ Paintpots, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Castle Geyser.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park day trip tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Salt Lake City to Yellowstone National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and car. Traveling from Salt Lake City in September, expect Yellowstone National Park to be much colder, temps between 18°C and 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Keystone.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring
North Rim Trail ©
North Rim Trail
Gibbon Falls ©
Gibbon Falls

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Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): learn more about the world around you at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute, contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Here are some ideas for day two: try for a hole-in-one at Holy Terror Mini Golf, then contemplate the waterfront views at Horse Thief Lake, and then explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Keystone day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Keystone takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle. In September, Keystone is a bit warmer than Yellowstone National Park - with highs of 25°C and lows of 8°C. On the 20th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Keystone

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, The Museum @ Black Hills Institute
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Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel
Iron Mountain Road ©
Iron Mountain Road

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Washington DC

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, then learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of African American History and Culture. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at The National Archives Museum, explore the world behind art at Smithsonian Institution Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, then get engrossed in the history at Smithsonian American Art Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Washington DC trip website .

Fly from Keystone to Washington DC in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Keystone to Washington DC is 2 hours. In September, Washington DC is somewhat warmer than Keystone - with highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Salem.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites
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Salem

Salem ©
Best known for its 1692 witch trials, Salem has a number of significant historical sites, a bustling downtown, and many witch-themed attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, get your game on at Witch Pix, explore the galleries of Salem Toy Museum, then steep yourself in history at Ropes Mansion, then take an in-depth tour of Witch History Museum, and finally stroll around Salem Common.

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Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Salem takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Washington DC in September, with highs in Salem at 28°C and lows at 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Portland.

Things to do in Salem

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Witch History Museum ©
Witch History Museum
Ropes Mansion ©
Ropes Mansion
Witch Pix ©
Witch Pix

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Portland

Portland ©
Maine's biggest and perhaps most vibrant city, Portland was established as a fishing village in 1633 and grew to become New England's largest port.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Marginal Way Walkway and Portland Head Light. For shopping fun, head to Richard Boyd Art Gallery or Edgecomb Potters. Step out of Portland with an excursion to Ogunquit Beach in Ogunquit--about 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Old Port, learn about winemaking at Maine Mead Works, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Allagash Brewery, and see the interesting displays at Umbrella Cover Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Portland trip planner .

Drive from Salem to Portland in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Portland sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Portland

Breweries & Distilleries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Ogunquit, Portland Head Light
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Ogunquit Beach ©
Ogunquit Beach
Marginal Way Walkway ©
Marginal Way Walkway
Portland Head Light ©
Portland Head Light

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Speed Boats Tours and Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours. 9/11 Memorial and Brooklyn Heights Promenade will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from New York City: Hyde Park (Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site & Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at New York Public Library, shop like a local with Fifth Avenue, take a stroll through Times Square, and enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read New York City travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Portland to New York City by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Portland in September, with highs in New York City at 31°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Orlando.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hyde Park, Brooklyn Heights Promenade
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9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial

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Orlando

Orlando ©
For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): make an unforgettable trip to Walt Disney World Resort, laugh and play at Happily Ever After Fireworks, and then make an unforgettable trip to Avatar Flight of Passage. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by The LEGO Store, then don't miss a visit to Cinderella Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, and finally get your game on at The Escape Game Orlando.

Discover how to plan a Orlando trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from New York City to Orlando by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from New York City in October: high temperatures in Orlando hover around 34°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Islamorada.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Islamorada

Islamorada
Islamorada, long recognized as one of the world's top spots for sport fishing, encompasses six islands in the Florida Keys.
On the 5th (Mon), sample the tasty concoctions at Islamorada Brewery & Distillery.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Islamorada travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Orlando to Islamorada takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Orlando in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 29°C in Islamorada. On the 5th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Big Pine Key.

Things to do in Islamorada

Breweries & Distilleries
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Big Pine Key

Big Pine Key ©
Big Pine Key is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in Monroe County, Florida, United States, on an island of the same name in the Florida Keys. On the 5th (Mon), take in the exciting artwork at Artists in Paradise Gallery and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Big Pine Key trip builder tool .

You can drive from Islamorada to Big Pine Key in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Big Pine Key, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Key West.

Things to do in Big Pine Key

Shopping Museums
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Artists in Paradise Gallery ©
Artists in Paradise Gallery

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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): examine the collection at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mary Star of the Sea, take an in-depth tour of Key West Firehouse Museum, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Key West trip planner .

Take a bus from Big Pine Key to Key West in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in October, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Dallas.

Things to do in Key West

Adventure Outdoors Tours
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Saint Mary Star of the Sea ©
Saint Mary Star of the Sea

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Dallas

Dallas ©
One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
Appreciate the collections at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza and Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum. Get some historical perspective at Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park and Old Red Museum. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Perot Museum of Nature and Science, wander the streets of NorthPark Center, explore the world behind art at Nasher Sculpture Center, and pause for some photo ops at John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Dallas online holiday maker .

Fly from Key West to Dallas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Key West to Dallas due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Key West in October, expect little chillier with lows of 19°C in Dallas. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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