26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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26 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h 45​min
3
Chicago
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
4
New York City
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Orlando
— 5 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Melbourne

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.
Kids will enjoy Disneyland Park and Universal Studios Hollywood. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Disney California Adventure Park, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles trip planner .

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. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in September: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 35°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

5
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
On the 8th (Sun), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, don't miss a visit to Powell Point, get great views at Yaki Point, and trek along South Kaibab Trail.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park road trip tool .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be cooler, around 7°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

4
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Museum of Science and Industry and Shedd Aquarium. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, ponder the design of Buckingham Fountain, stroll through Lincoln Park Zoo, and get to know the fascinating history of Millennium Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Chicago itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Chicago takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September since evenings lows in Chicago dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Lincoln Park Zoo ©
Lincoln Park Zoo

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Central Park and New York Public Library. Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, examine the collection at 9/11 Memorial, explore the world behind art at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and don't miss a visit to Empire State Building.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the New York City trip maker tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Chicago to New York City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer evenings in New York City when traveling from Chicago in September, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Orlando.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks 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 ©

5
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.
Family-friendly places like Walt Disney World Resort and Universal's Islands of Adventure will thrill your kids. Have a day of magic on the 23rd (Mon) at Magic Kingdom Park. Pack the 25th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Orlando Resort. There's more to do: make a splash at Discovery Cove and take in a show at Happily Ever After Fireworks.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Orlando trip maker site .

Getting from New York City to Orlando by combination of bus and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from New York City in September: high temperatures in Orlando hover around 37°C and lows are around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Outdoors Parks
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Magic Kingdom Park ©
Magic Kingdom Park
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure

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