31 days in United States Itinerary

31 days in United States Itinerary

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31 days in United States Itinerary

Sydney
Fly + bus:  26​h
New York City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
Niagara Falls
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  10​h 45​min
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  4​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 3 nights
subway + Fly:  4​h
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 45​min
Honolulu, Oahu
— 6 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
Sydney

3
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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.
Relax by the water at Ocean Grove Beach and Belmar Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Gateway National Recreation. Go for a jaunt from New York City to Bay Head to see Bay Head Beach about 1h 20 min away. It doesn't end there: explore the galleries of 9/11 Memorial and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

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Sydney, Australia to New York City is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. You'll gain 15 hours traveling from Sydney to New York City due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in June, with highs in New York City at 31°C and lows at 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

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Belmar Beach, Ocean Grove Beach, Gateway National Recreation, Bay Head Beach
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Ocean Grove Beach ©
Ocean Grove Beach
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial

2
days
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.
On the 29th (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of Capitol Hill, then wander the streets of Old Town, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Tomb of the Unknowns, and finally pause for some photo ops at Lincoln Memorial. On the next day, see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, then pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and finally ponder the world of politics at The White House.

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Traveling by flight from New York City to Washington DC takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. June in Washington DC sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Washington DC

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Old Town, Tomb of the Unknowns
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Tomb of the Unknowns ©
Tomb of the Unknowns
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
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National Air and Space Museum

2
days
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): admire the striking features of Frank Lloyd Wright's Graycliff, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Lady of Victory Basilica, and then admire the sheer force of Niagara Falls. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of the Winds, admire the striking features of Kleinhans Music Hall, and then take a stroll through Elmwood Village.

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Do a combination of flight and bus from Washington DC to Niagara Falls in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Washington DC in July: high temperatures in Niagara Falls hover around 32°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Buffalo, Frank Lloyd Wright's Graycliff, Our Lady of Victory Basilica
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Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds
Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls
Our Lady of Victory Basilica ©
Our Lady of Victory Basilica

3
days
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Get outdoors at Garwood Orchards and Lakefront Trail. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at New Buffalo Public Beach and Indiana Dunes State Park. Next up on the itinerary: ponder the design of Buckingham Fountain and explore the activities along Lake Michigan.

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Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Niagara Falls to Chicago takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Niagara Falls to Chicago. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Chicago when traveling from Niagara Falls in July, with lows around 23°C. On the 5th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Chicago

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

New Buffalo Public Beach, Garwood Orchards, Indiana Dunes State Park, Lake Michigan
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Indiana Dunes State Park ©
Indiana Dunes State Park
Garwood Orchards ©
Garwood Orchards
Lake Michigan ©
Lake Michigan

1
day
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 6th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at South Kaibab Trail, get great views at Yaki Point, and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim.

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Do a combination of flight and bus from Chicago to Grand Canyon National Park in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in July, Grand Canyon National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

#Parks, #Trails, #Outdoors
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail

2
days
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 7th (Sun): take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then don't miss a visit to Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas, then take an in-depth tour of Titanic, and finally enjoy some diversion at Paris Las Vegas. Keep things going the next day: shop like a local with The Strip, try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, then take in a show at Bellagio Fountains, and finally admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas attractions site .

Do a combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 46°C by day to 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

#Parks, #Shopping, #Neighborhoods
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Bellagio Fountains ©
Bellagio Fountains
The Strip ©
The Strip

5
days
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Santa Monica Pier and Griffith Observatory. Step out of the city life by going to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Laguna Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Crystal Cove (in Laguna Beach) and Malibu (Zuma Beach & El Matador State Beach). There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica Beach, don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame, contemplate the waterfront views at Santa Monica Bay, and admire the natural beauty at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip tool .

Getting from Las Vegas to Los Angeles by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in July, you will find days in Los Angeles are much colder (32°C), and nights are little chillier (20°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Malibu, Laguna Beach, The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Beach ©
Santa Monica Beach

2
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Bolinas Beach and then kick back and relax at Limantour Beach. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island and then stroll through San Gregorio State Beach.

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Traveling by combination of train and flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, things will get little chillier in San Francisco: highs are around 26°C and lows about 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Bolinas Beach, Limantour Beach, San Gregorio State Beach
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
San Gregorio State Beach ©
San Gregorio State Beach
Limantour Beach ©
Limantour Beach

2
days
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 16th (Tue): hike along Snoqualmie Falls, then enjoy the sand and surf at Alki Beach, and then take a leisurely stroll along Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Pioneer Square, take a stroll through Pike Place Market, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kerry Park, and finally explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass.

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Traveling by combination of subway and flight from San Francisco to Seattle takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Seattle, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Seattle

#Parks, #Shopping, #Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Snoqualmie Falls
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Alki Beach ©
Alki Beach
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

6
days
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Kailua Beach Park and Sharks Cove. Relax by the water at Lanikai Beach and Waimea Bay. Change things up with these side-trips from Honolulu: Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Shark Diving). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Halona Blowhole, take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument, and kick back and relax at Waikiki Beach.

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Fly from Seattle to Honolulu in 8 hours. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In July, Honolulu is somewhat warmer than Seattle - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Oahu, Kailua, Byodo-In Temple, Sharks Cove
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Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park
Lanikai Beach ©
Lanikai Beach
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach

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