46 days in Continental USA Itinerary

46 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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46 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + bus:  26​h
1
New York City
— 9 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Chicago
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
New Orleans
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
San Jose
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
8
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Malibu
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
10
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
train:  30​min
11
Anaheim
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  9​h
12
Honolulu, Oahu
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

9
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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Central Park, admire the striking features of Rockefeller Center, get great views at Top of the Rock, and explore and take pictures at The High Line.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the New York City journey planner.

Melbourne, 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. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 15 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in September, you will find days in New York City are somewhat warmer (31°C), and nights are much hotter (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Tours
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 15:
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Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

3
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.
Washington DC is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, ponder the world of politics at Library of Congress, get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Washington DC route planner .

You can fly from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September in Washington DC, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Nature
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

4
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, explore and take pictures at Wrigley Field, take in panoramic vistas at 360 Chicago Observation Deck, and get curious at Museum of Science and Industry.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Chicago online trip planner .

You can fly from Washington DC to Chicago in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In September in Chicago, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Wrigley Field ©
Wrigley Field
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

4
nights
New Orleans

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
New Orleans is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at The National WWII Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District, go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at New Orleans City Park.

Find out how to plan New Orleans trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from Chicago to New Orleans by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for much warmer nights when traveling from Chicago in September since evenings lows in New Orleans dip to 33°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
The National WWII Museum ©
The National WWII Museum
Garden District ©
Garden District

3
nights
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, get your bearings at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from New Orleans to Yosemite National Park in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New Orleans to Yosemite National Park due to the time zone difference. While traveling from New Orleans, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

2
nights
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 1st (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, then browse the exhibits of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and finally snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: engage your brain at Exploratorium and then explore and take pictures at Golden Gate Park.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 17°C in San Francisco. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 2:
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
San Jose

San Jose ©
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
On the 3rd (Thu), delve into the mystery of Winchester Mystery House, take in the architecture and design of Stanford University, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Tall Trees Grove. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the waterfront at Santa Cruz Wharf, cruise along West Cliff Drive, then immerse yourself in nature at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, and finally stroll through Pioneer Memorial Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Jose tour itinerary builder website .

You can drive from San Francisco to San Jose in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. October in San Jose sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Tall Trees Grove, Stanford University, Pioneer Memorial Park, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park ©
Stanford University ©
Stanford University
Pioneer Memorial Park ©
Pioneer Memorial Park

3
nights
Santa Barbara

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Dedicate the 5th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, immerse yourself in nature at El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park, admire the masterpieces at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and learn about winemaking at Jaffurs Wine Cellars.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara road trip planning tool .

Getting from San Jose to Santa Barbara by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Santa Barbara are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Malibu.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Tours Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo

3
nights
Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): see the interesting displays at The Getty Villa, see the interesting displays at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at El Matador State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a leisurely stroll along Malibu Pier, then enjoy the sand and surf at Zuma Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Cove.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Malibu trip planner.

Getting from Santa Barbara to Malibu by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Santa Barbara in October, Malibu is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Malibu

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
The Getty Villa ©
The Getty Villa

5
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.
Pack the 11th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, explore and take pictures at Dodger Stadium, and immerse yourself in nature at Topanga State Park.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Malibu to Los Angeles takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and tram; or take a bus. In October in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. On the 16th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Anaheim.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

2
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): make an unforgettable trip to Downtown Disney. On your second day here, discover the magic at Disneyland Park.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Anaheim itinerary planner .

Anaheim is very close to Los Angeles. In October, daytime highs in Anaheim are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Downtown Disney ©
Downtown Disney

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve and then enjoy the sand and surf at Waikiki Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Honolulu day trip website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Anaheim to Honolulu takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Anaheim to Honolulu, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Anaheim in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Honolulu, with lows of 27°C. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve ©
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

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