37 days in United States & Canada Itinerary

37 days in United States & Canada Itinerary

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37 days in United States & Canada Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  18​h
1
Los Angeles, United States
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + subway + foot + bus:  8​h 15​min
2
Whistler, Canada
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Vancouver, Canada
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 45​min
4
Banff National Park, Canada
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Calgary, Canada
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Edmonton, Canada
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Seattle, United States
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Portland, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
9
San Francisco, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
10
Honolulu, United States
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h 45​min
11
Kipahulu, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Sydney, Australia

5
nights
Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
You've added Hollywood Sign, Rodeo Drive, Hollywood Walk of Fame, and other attractions to your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 22nd (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier and tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles journey maker 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. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Pacific Standard Time is minus 18 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in December, with highs in Los Angeles at 24°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time for travel to Whistler.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Theme Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Anaheim, Rodeo Drive, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Santa Monica Pier
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Six Flags Magic Mountain ©
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

4
nights
Whistler, Canada

Whistler ©
Home to one of the largest ski areas in North America, former logging town of Whistler provides activities and entertainment for avid nature lovers and adrenaline seekers.
Whistler is known for winter sports, adventure, nature, spas, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ski along the peaceful trails at Whistler Blackcomb, take in the dramatic scenery at Alexander Falls, explore the world behind art at Mountain Galleries at the Fairmont, and tour or see a game at Whistler Olympic Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Whistler day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Los Angeles to Whistler takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in December: high temperatures in Whistler hover around 0°C and lows are around -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can fly to Vancouver.

Things to do in Whistler

#Nature, #Parks, #Winter Sports
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Whistler Blackcomb ©
Whistler Blackcomb
Lost Lake ©
Lost Lake
Whistler Olympic Park ©
Whistler Olympic Park

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): stroll through Stanley Park and then explore the striking landscape at Vancouver Seawall. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grouse Mountain and then admire all the interesting features of Vancouver Aquarium.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Vancouver trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Whistler to Vancouver in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Whistler in December; daily highs in Vancouver reach 7°C and lows reach 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Vancouver

#Parks, #Nature, #Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Grouse Mountain
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Stanley Park ©
Stanley Park
Grouse Mountain ©
Grouse Mountain
Vancouver Aquarium ©
Vancouver Aquarium

3
nights
Banff National Park, Canada

Banff National Park ©
Among the world's oldest national parks, Banff National Park serves as a World Heritage-listed mecca for cyclists, hikers, skiers, bird-watchers, mountain climbers, and anyone else with a passion for exploring vast untouched wildernesses.
On the 31st (Tue), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Sunshine Village. On the 1st (Wed), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at The Lake Louise Ski Resort. There's more to do: explore the activities along Moraine Lake and explore and take pictures at Bow Valley Parkway.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Banff National Park online trip builder .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Vancouver to Banff National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway, bus, flight, and shuttle. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Vancouver in December, things will get much colder in Banff National Park: highs are around -10°C and lows about -19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Calgary.

Things to do in Banff National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Winter Sports
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Moraine Lake ©
Moraine Lake
 Sunshine Village ©
Sunshine Village
Lake Louise ©
Lake Louise

2
nights
Calgary, Canada

Calgary ©
Known as the "Stampede City" thanks to its world-famous annual rodeo, Calgary remains a tale of two cities.
On the 2nd (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at The Calgary Zoo and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): enjoy breathtaking views from Calgary Tower and then steep yourself in history at Heritage Park Historical Village.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Calgary day trip website .

Drive from Banff National Park to Calgary in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Banff National Park in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Calgary, with highs around 0°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Edmonton.

Things to do in Calgary

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
The Calgary Zoo ©
The Calgary Zoo
Heritage Park Historical Village ©
Heritage Park Historical Village
Calgary Tower ©
Calgary Tower

2
nights
Edmonton, Canada

Edmonton ©
Though it suffers from frigid temperatures for much of the year, Edmonton offers a range of tourist activities for all four seasons.
Edmonton is known for shopping, theme parks, nightlife, parks, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Fort Edmonton Park, make a splash at World Waterpark, snap pictures at High Level Bridge, and see the sky in a new way at TELUS World of Science - Edmonton.

Plan trip to Edmonton with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Calgary to Edmonton takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Calgary, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Edmonton, ranging from highs of -4°C to lows of -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Edmonton

#Theme Parks, #Shopping, #Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Fort Edmonton Park ©
Fort Edmonton Park
TELUS World of Science - Edmonton ©
World Waterpark ©
World Waterpark

3
nights
Seattle, United States

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.
Seattle is known for museums, parks, zoos & aquariums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Pike Place Market, take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alki Beach, and meet the residents at Seattle Aquarium.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Seattle trip builder website .

Traveling by flight from Edmonton to Seattle takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, car, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Edmonton in January, things will get much warmer in Seattle: highs are around 10°C and lows about 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Portland.

Things to do in Seattle

#Parks, #Museums, #Shopping

Side Trip

Bellevue Botanical Garden
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks ©
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

2
nights
Portland, United States

Portland ©
A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): stop by Powell's City of Books, take in nature's colorful creations at International Rose Test Garden, take in nature's colorful creations at Portland Japanese Garden, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Oregon Zoo, and finally admire the natural beauty at Lan Su Chinese Garden.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Portland driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Seattle to Portland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Portland

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Portland Japanese Garden ©
Portland Japanese Garden
Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books
Oregon Zoo ©
Oregon Zoo

3
nights
San Francisco, United States

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online route planner .

You can fly from Portland to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. In January, San Francisco is somewhat warmer than Portland - with highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

4
nights
Honolulu, United States

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Get out of town with these interesting Honolulu side-trips: Haleiwa (Waimea Bay & Sunset Beach Park) and Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua). There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of USS Arizona Memorial, take in the dramatic scenery at Manoa Falls, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and admire the verdant scenery at Nuuanu Pali Lookout.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Honolulu trip planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Honolulu by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Honolulu is minus 2 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in January, things will get warmer in Honolulu: highs are around 32°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Kipahulu.

Things to do in Honolulu

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Oahu, Kailua Beach Park
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial

2
nights
Kipahulu, United States

Kipahulu ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): look for gifts at Hasegawa's General Store, enjoy the sand and surf at Hamoa Beach, and then get impressive views of Haleakala Crater. Keep things going the next day: explore and take pictures at Hana Highway - Road to Hana.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kipahulu trip itinerary site .

Do a combination of flight and car from Honolulu to Kipahulu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kipahulu

#Outdoors, #Scenic Drive, #Parks

Side Trips

Maui, Hasegawa's General Store, Haleakala Crater
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Hamoa Beach ©
Hamoa Beach
Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Hasegawa's General Store ©
Hasegawa's General Store

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