17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  17​h
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
3
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  9​h
4
New York City
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
Orlando
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
6
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Sydney

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 18th (Fri), steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get curious at Exploratorium, make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, and then don't miss a visit to Lombard Street.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -18 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, trek along Mariposa Grove, make a trip to Washburn Point, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip tool .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in September, expect much colder with lows of 3°C in Yosemite National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

3
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.
Take a break from Yellowstone National Park with a short trip to Grand Teton in Grand Teton National Park, about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, don't miss a visit to Artist Point, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Washburn, and take in the natural beauty of Castle Geyser.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park day trip planning site .

Do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car. Traveling from Yosemite National Park to Yellowstone National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, with highs in Yellowstone National Park at 18°C and lows at 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Grand Teton
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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Mount Washburn ©
Mount Washburn
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton

2
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Central Park and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and take a stroll through Times Square.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read New York City vacation planner.

You can do a combination of car, flight, and bus from Yellowstone National Park to New York City in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Yellowstone National Park to New York City due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Yellowstone National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in New York City, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Orlando.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©

2
nights
Orlando

Orlando ©
For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
On the 30th (Wed), have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Orlando, then make an unforgettable trip to Happily Ever After Fireworks, and then discover the magic at Walt Disney World Resort. On the 1st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: discover the magic at Disney's Hollywood Studios and then find something for the whole family at Universal's Islands of Adventure.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Orlando trip planner .

Fly from New York City to Orlando in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In September, Orlando is a bit warmer than New York City - with highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Fun & Games Nightlife
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Happily Ever After Fireworks ©
Happily Ever After Fireworks
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure

2
nights
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 2nd (Fri): take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio, and finally get your game on at The Roller Coaster.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip website .

Traveling by flight from Orlando to Las Vegas takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Orlando to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Orlando in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Las Vegas, with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Fun & Games
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Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Roller Coaster ©
The Roller Coaster

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