39 days in United States Itinerary

39 days in United States Itinerary

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39 days in United States Itinerary

Melbourne
Fly:  17​h 45​min
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 15​min
New York City
— 7 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Santa Cruz
— 4 nights
+3
shuttle + bus + Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
Kihei, Maui
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
Lihue, Kauai
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
Honolulu, Oahu
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
Melbourne

6
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.
Attractions like Disneyland Park and Universal Studios Hollywood make great kid-friendly stops. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Hermosa Beach Pier (in Hermosa Beach), Disney California Adventure Park (in Anaheim) and Santa Monica (Bergamot Station & Montana Avenue). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, browse the different shops at The Grove, admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall, and get to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway.

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Melbourne, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Melbourne to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in September, with highs in Los Angeles at 35°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Theme Parks, #Shopping, #Parks

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Santa Monica, Anaheim, Hermosa Beach Pier
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
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Disney California Adventure Park

4
days
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.
You'll get in some beach time at La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. Get in touch with nature at San Diego Zoo and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Pack the 28th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. There's more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.

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Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in September, plan for a bit cooler days in San Diego, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. On the 29th (Sat), you'll travel to New York City.

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#Parks, #Outdoors, #Zoos & Aquariums
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

7
days
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.
Head to Fifth Avenue and Shopping Girlfriend NYCfor some retail therapy. Get some historical perspective at 9/11 Memorial and Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near New York City: Gateway National Recreation (in Sandy Hook) and Bronx Zoo (in Bronx). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Central Park, take a stroll through Times Square, take an in-depth tour of Ellis Island, and explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Do a combination of flight and bus from San Diego to New York City in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in New York City

#Parks, #Shopping, #Historic Sites

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Bronx Zoo, Gateway National Recreation
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Fifth Avenue ©
Fifth Avenue
Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

6
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks for their historical value. Do your shopping at Union Square and Ferry Building Marketplace. Dedicate the 11th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, kick back and relax at Point Isabel, have fun and explore at Exploratorium, and wander the streets of SoMa.

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You can do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to San Francisco in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and subway; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In October in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Point Isabel
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

2
days
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
On the 13th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, then explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, and then explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass.

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Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in October, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are slightly colder (21°C), and nights are colder (-1°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Cruz.

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#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors
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Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

4
days
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Take a break from the city and head to Point Lobos State Reserve and McWay Falls. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Asilomar State Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Monterey (17-Mile Drive, San Carlos Cathedral, & more), Carmel (Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach & The Cheese Shop) and Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard (in Pacific Grove).

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Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Santa Cruz takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, expect nights in Santa Cruz to be much warmer, around 11°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Big Sur
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Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
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Pfeiffer State Beach

1
day
Kihei, Maui

Kihei ©
Stretching over 9.7 km (6 mi) of pristine south Maui coastline, Kihei is the island's driest and sunniest region, making it a perfect location for water activities and beach leisure.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kihei Baptist Chapel and then stroll through Wailea Beach.

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Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi from Santa Cruz to Kihei takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, subway, flight, and taxi. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Santa Cruz in October, with highs in Kihei at 36°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lihue.

Things to do in Kihei

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Wailea Beach
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Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach
Kihei Baptist Chapel ©
Kihei Baptist Chapel

1
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Lihue, Kauai

Lihue ©
Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. On the 20th (Sat), pick up some local products at Coconut Marketplace, look for gifts at Kapaia Stitchery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Poipu Beach Park.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kihei to Lihue takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. In October in Lihue, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lihue

#Shopping, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Poipu Beach Park, Coconut Marketplace
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Coconut Marketplace ©
Coconut Marketplace
Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park
Kapaia Stitchery ©
Kapaia Stitchery

5
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.
Head to Polynesian Cultural Center and Ala Moana Centerfor some retail therapy. Visit Kailua Beach Park and Sunset Beach Park for some beach relaxation. When in Honolulu, make a side trip to see Waimea Bay in Haleiwa, approximately 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Waikiki Beach, stroll the grounds of National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, look for all kinds of wild species at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, and stroll through Kapiolani Regional Park.

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You can fly from Lihue to Honolulu in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Polynesian Cultural Center, Kailua Beach Park
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Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Sunset Beach Park ©
Sunset Beach Park

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