59 days in South Pacific, Europe & United States Itinerary

59 days in South Pacific, Europe & United States Itinerary

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Melbourne, Australia
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Paris, France
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New York City, United States
— 7 nights
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Anchorage, United States
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Lahaina, United States
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Kailua-Kona, United States
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Honolulu, United States
— 7 nights
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Sigatoka, Fiji
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Gold Coast, Australia
— 6 nights
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South West Rocks, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia — 6 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne Museum and Scienceworks will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Wine Compass and Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: Sorrento (WaterMaarq & Diamond Bay), Woolamai Beach (in Cape Woolamai) and National Vietnam Veterans Museum (in Newhaven). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Kilda Beach, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, wander the streets of Melbourne Central, and take in the exciting artwork at Pumpkin Lane Art Gallery.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Melbourne trip planner.

Sydney to Melbourne is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect little chillier with lows of 17°C in Melbourne. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Paris.
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Paris, France — 6 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Eiffel Tower and Le Marais are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Champs-Elysees and Palace of Versailles. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Westfield Parly 2 (in Le Chesnay) and The Royal Chapel (in Versailles). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, and steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Paris takes 24.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 9 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Melbourne in January: high temperatures in Paris hover around 8°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to New York City.
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New York City, United States — 7 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Fifth Avenue. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like 9/11 Memorial and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Next up on the itinerary: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, admire the landmark architecture of Rockefeller Center, examine the collection at New York Public Library, and take a stroll through Times Square.

Plan my day in New York City using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can fly from Paris to New York City in 11.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Paris in January, with highs in New York City at 5°C and lows at -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can fly to Anchorage.
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Anchorage, United States — 3 nights

The City of Lights and Flowers

Home to nearly half of Alaska's population, the port city of Anchorage covers a staggering area of over 4,900 sq km (1,900 sq mi) surrounded by mountains.
Take a break from the city and head to Kincaid Park and Hillside Park. Alaska Native Heritage Center and Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: catch all the local highlights with Adventurous Winos, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Alaska Zoo, and stroll through Arctic Valley Ski Area.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Anchorage trip builder.

Getting from New York City to Anchorage by flight takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST), which is usually a -4 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in January, expect Anchorage to be little chillier, temps between -3°C and -11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Lahaina.
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Lahaina, United States — 6 nights

Crown Jewel of Maui

Once the booming capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, the tropical paradise of Lahaina still remains one of Maui's top vacation attractions, providing both culture and recreation.
Relax by the water at Wailea Beach and Ka'anapali Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Hana Highway - Road to Hana. Venture out of the city with trips to Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park), Ho'omana Spa Maui (in Makawao) and Iao Valley (in Wailuku). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Napili Beach, stroll through Makena Beach, walk around Lahaina Banyan Court, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Lahaina trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Anchorage to Lahaina in 8 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Anchorage to Lahaina due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Anchorage in January, things will get warmer in Lahaina: highs are around 30°C and lows about 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Kailua-Kona.
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Kailua-Kona, United States — 3 nights

Heart of the Kona Coast

Thanks to its favorable location near a mountain range blocking the northeasterly trade winds, Kailua-Kona gets little rainfall, allowing adventure seekers and nature lovers a chance to enjoy over 300 days of sunshine each year.
Visit Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and Puukohola National Historic Park for their historical value. We've included these beaches for you: Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Kahaluu Beach. The adventure continues: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, admire the majestic nature at Lapakahi State Historical Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Kona Cloud Forest, and look for gifts at Lava Light Galleries.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Lahaina to Kailua-Kona takes 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Honolulu.
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Honolulu, United States — 7 nights

Big Pineapple

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Get in touch with nature at Waikiki Beach and Ehukai Beach Park. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Kailua Beach Park and Sunset Beach Park. Get out of town with these interesting Honolulu side-trips: Pupukea (Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument & Banzai Pipeline), Waimea Bay (in Haleiwa) and Malaekahana State Recreation Area (in Laie). There's still lots to do: stroll the grounds of USS Arizona Memorial, admire the sheer force of Manoa Falls, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and see the interesting displays at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Honolulu, use our trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Kailua-Kona to Honolulu in 2.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Sigatoka.
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Sigatoka, Fiji — 2 nights

Located at the western end of Coral Coast, with its long sheltered beaches and popular surf spots, Sigatoka is best known for its immediate surroundings than for the town itself.
On the 11th (Sat), view the masterpieces at Hot Glass Fiji and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Off-Road Cave Safari. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with Scuba Bula Dive Centre.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sigatoka online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Sigatoka takes 10 hours. The time zone changes from Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time to Fiji Standard Time, which is usually a 22 hour difference. When traveling from Honolulu in February, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sigatoka: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to fly to Gold Coast.
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Gold Coast, Australia — 6 nights

A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Escape the urban bustle at Sundive Byron Bay and Burleigh Heads Beach. You'll explore and learn at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Queensland Museum & Sciencentre. Venture out of the city with trips to Glass House Mountains National Park (in Glass House Mountains), Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (in Brisbane) and Cork 'n Fork Tours (in Tamborine Mountain). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at David Fleay Wildlife Park, kick back and relax at Good Vibes Pilates & Yoga, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tugun Beach, and tour on your own time with Qld Luxury Car Rentals.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Gold Coast road trip planner.

Getting from Sigatoka to Gold Coast by flight takes about 7.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Sigatoka to Gold Coast is minus 2 hours. In February, Gold Coast is a bit cooler than Sigatoka - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to South West Rocks.
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South West Rocks, Australia — 3 nights

Visiting Yarriabini National Park and Parque Nacional de Dorrigo will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Un4gettable4evermore in Gladstone (about 34 minutes away).

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the South West Rocks visit planning site.

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to South West Rocks takes 4.5 hours. February in South West Rocks sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sydney.
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Sydney, Australia — 7 nights

The Harbour City

Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
For shopping fun, head to ATTY Gallery or Australian Centre for Photography. We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Shelly Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Blue Mountains National Park (The National Pass & Lincoln's Rock), Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Wentworth Falls Lookout (in Wentworth Falls). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through The Rocks, admire the masterpieces at Brett Whiteley Studio, make a trip to Sydney Opera House, and enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sydney travel tool.

You can drive from South West Rocks to Sydney in 5 hours. In February in Sydney, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel back home.
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United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.
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Alaska travel guide

4.7
Dolphin & Whale Watching · Geologic Formations · Wildlife Areas
The Last Frontier
The country's largest state, Alaska is also its least densely populated. America's final frontier, the state lies on the Arctic Circle and features some of the highest mountains in the United States. Today, several million people flock annually to the state's pristine wilderness areas, which shelter a diverse plant and animal life and offer a great selection of things to do. Tailor-made for adventurous types wishing to leave civilization behind, Alaska can also be an extremely expensive vacation destination, with few transportation options and much of its land accessible only by plane or helicopter.
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Hawaii travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Zipline
The Aloha State
An archipelago of hundreds of volcanic islands located in a geological hot spot in the middle of Pacific, Hawaii offers diverse natural scenery and a warm tropical climate. The six major islands open to tourism draw visitors with their sun-drenched public beaches and craggy natural trails. Thanks to their mid-Pacific location, the islands boast a vibrant native culture influenced by both North America and Asia. You can spend your vacation basking in the modern comforts of the big hotels, but to experience the true spirit of these islands, remember that real Hawaiians live outdoors. Encounter nature by surfing, swimming, fishing, and picnicking, or join a guided tour across the ancient lava flows to the top of Hawaii's rugged volcanic peaks.
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Oahu travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Cemeteries · Scuba & Snorkeling
The Gathering Place
A top cultural and vacation destination within the Hawaiian Islands, Oahu is home to over 85 percent of the state's population. Aptly nicknamed the "Gathering Place," the island is truly at the heart of Hawaii, featuring the busy city of Honolulu and its surrounding districts. Visitors to Oahu can enjoy all the modern conveniences of a large city, while remaining within walking distance of secluded beaches, picturesque parks, high mountain peaks, and quaint little towns. To experience the laid-back side of Hawaii, take a trip away from the tourist hotspot of Waikiki, the island's most crowded neighborhood.
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Fiji travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Marinas · Fishing Charters & Tours
Located at the heart of the Central Pacific, Fiji is an archipelago of 333 islands and hundreds more tiny islets, many of which are uninhabited. The land masses range from vast Viti Levu, mountainous and covered in green jungle, to private desert islands available for rent. With bountiful sunshine, white sand beaches, tranquil oceans, and lush rainforest, it is no surprise that ecotourism in Fiji thrives. Local culture combines indigenous Fijian, Indo-Fijian, Asian, and European influences in a vibrant mix, with many of the smaller islands still retaining a strong element of traditional island life. Explore the countless pockets of paradise to find your favorite.
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