31 days in United States Itinerary

31 days in United States Itinerary

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31 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h
3
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
4
New York City
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Washington DC
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h
6
Seattle
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Sydney

3
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Kids will enjoy La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. Get outdoors at La Jolla Shores Park and Carlsbad State Beach. And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, kick back and relax at Black's Beach, appreciate the history behind Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, and stroll through Children's Pool.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego day trip planning site .

Sydney, Australia to San Diego is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Sydney to San Diego, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect San Diego to be slightly colder, temps between 23°C and 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

South Carlsbad State Beach
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South Carlsbad State Beach ©
South Carlsbad State Beach
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

4
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at The Getty Center and El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Kids will appreciate attractions like Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim (about 30 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles online journey planner .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

4
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.
Attractions like Lamar Valley and Grand Teton make great kid-friendly stops. Escape the urban bustle at Old Faithful and Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. It doesn't end there: stroll through Artist Point.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park online trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yellowstone National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles to Yellowstone National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in December; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach -5°C and lows reach -19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Grand Teton
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Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton

5
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.
You'll explore and learn at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Get some cultural insight at 9/11 Memorial and Times Square. There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, wander the streets of Fifth Avenue, get engrossed in the history at Ellis Island, and don't miss a visit to Statue of Liberty National Monument.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City journey builder website .

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and bus from Yellowstone National Park to New York City takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Yellowstone National Park to New York City is 2 hours. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in December, things will get much warmer in New York City: highs are around 10°C and lows about 2°C. On the 17th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Washington DC.

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
New York Public Library ©
New York Public Library

4
nights
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.
Bring the kids along to National Air and Space Museum and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Your inner history buff will appreciate Arlington National Cemetery and Washington National Cathedral. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, see the interesting displays at Newseum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Tomb of the Unknowns, and tour the pleasant surroundings at National Mall.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Washington DC travel route planner .

Getting from New York City to Washington DC by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Arlington
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Arlington National Cemetery ©
Arlington National Cemetery
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

3
nights
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.
Kids will enjoy Pike Place Market and Space Needle. Get a sense of the local culture at Chihuly Garden and Glass and The Museum of Flight. Step out of Seattle to go to Mukilteo and see Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Alki Beach, stop by Elliott Bay Book Company, make a trip to Pioneer Square, and appreciate the history behind Fremont Troll.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Seattle itinerary builder website .

Getting from Washington DC to Seattle by combination of train and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Seattle can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Boeing Future of Flight
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

6
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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will enjoy Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve and Miramar Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Castello di Amorosa and Alcatraz Island. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Montara State Beach (in Montara) and V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, take in the waterfront at The Embarcadero, and explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and subway from Seattle to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Seattle in December, with highs in San Francisco at 17°C and lows at 8°C. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Parks Shopping

Side Trips

V. Sattui Winery, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Miramar Beach, Castello di Amorosa
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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