36 days in United States & Niagara Falls Itinerary

36 days in United States & Niagara Falls Itinerary

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Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly + Train:  27 h
1
Niagara Falls, Canada
— 4 nights
Drive:  7 h 30 min
2
New York City, United States
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
3
Washington DC, United States
— 2 nights
Drive:  38 h
4
Death Valley National Park, United States
— 3 nights
Drive + Bus:  5 h 45 min
5
Yosemite National Park, United States
— 2 nights
car:  9 h 30 min
6
Las Vegas, United States
— 6 nights
Drive:  9 h
7
Monterey, United States
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
8
San Simeon, United States
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
9
San Francisco, United States
— 4 nights
Drive:  7 h
10
Anaheim, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  21 h 15 min
End: Melbourne, Australia

4
nights
Niagara Falls, Canada

Niagara Falls ©
Indisputably one of the world's most impressive natural sights, Niagara Falls straddle the United States/Canada border, marking the spot at which a thundering river plunges over a major escarpment.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rancourt Winery and Queenston Heights Park. Visit Old Fort Erie and Cham Shan Temple for their historical value. Step out of Niagara Falls with an excursion to The Friendship Trail in Port Colborne--about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Kacaba Vineyards Winery, explore the landscape on two wheels at Millennium Recreational Trail, take in the history at Redan Battery, and examine the collection at Niagara Falls History Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Niagara Falls trip itinerary maker tool.

Melbourne, Australia to Niagara Falls is an approximately 28- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, ferry, and train. Traveling from Melbourne to Niagara Falls, you'll gain 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in September; daily highs in Niagara Falls reach 28°C and lows reach 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Fun & Games Parks Museums

Side Trips

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Kacaba Vineyards Winery, Old Fort Erie, The Friendship Trail
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BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League ©
BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League
Rancourt Winery ©
Rancourt Winery
Queenston Heights Park ©
Queenston Heights Park

3
nights
New York City, United States

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Duke Farms and Speed Boats Tours. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and Kykuit. There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Green-Wood cemetery, see the interesting displays at The Morgan Library & Museum, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and stroll around World Trade Center's Liberty Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our New York City trip maker app.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Niagara Falls to New York City in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Niagara Falls in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in New York City, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Sleepy Hollow, Duke Farms, Green-Wood cemetery
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Sleepy Hollow Cemetery ©
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
Duke Farms ©
Duke Farms
Green-Wood cemetery ©
Green-Wood cemetery

2
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Washington DC, United States

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): appreciate the history behind United States Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center, see the interesting displays at National Museum of African Art, then admire the masterpieces at Smithsonian Institution Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, and finally steep yourself in history at Anderson House. On the next day, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, contemplate the long history of Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop, steep yourself in history at Mary Washington House, then steep yourself in history at The Rising Sun Tavern, and finally contemplate the long history of Kenmore Plantation and Gardens.

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You can fly from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fredericksburg
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3
nights
Death Valley National Park, United States

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Get in touch with nature at Twenty Mule Team Canyon and Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Harmony Borax Works and Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Titus Canyon, get great views at Aguereberry Point, get engrossed in the history at The Ranch at Furnace Creek, and take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park tour builder.

Getting from Washington DC to Death Valley National Park by combination of flight and bus takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to Death Valley National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Washington DC in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Death Valley National Park, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum
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Titus Canyon ©
Titus Canyon
Twenty Mule Team Canyon ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon
Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge ©
Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

2
nights
Yosemite National Park, United States

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): trek along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, then get great views at Valley View, then trek along Four Mile Trail, and finally make a trip to Washburn Point.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park online trip planner.

Do a combination of car and bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in October, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are little chillier (22°C), and nights are colder (-2°C). You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias
Four Mile Trail ©
Four Mile Trail
Lower Yosemite Fall Trail ©
Lower Yosemite Fall Trail

6
nights
Las Vegas, United States

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shelby American Inc and Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah. Escape the urban bustle at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and River Rafting & Tubing. Change things up with these side-trips from Las Vegas: Gold Butte National Monument (in Mesquite), Chloride, Arizona (in Chloride) and Historic Route 66 Museum (in Kingman). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Counts Kustoms, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, have some family-friendly fun at Axe Monkeys, and take a stroll through The LINQ Promenade.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip maker app.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Las Vegas by combination of bus and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, you will find days in Las Vegas are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are much hotter (18°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Gold Butte National Monument, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Don Laughlin's Classic Car Collection, Chloride, Arizona, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
Highlights from your plan
Shelby American Inc ©
Shelby American Inc
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Monterey, United States

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): visit Coast Guard Pier, take an in-depth tour of Colton Hall Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Carlos Cathedral, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Path of History.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Monterey trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Las Vegas to Monterey in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In October, Monterey is slightly colder than Las Vegas - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Museums Parks Trails
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Colton Hall Museum ©
Colton Hall Museum
San Carlos Cathedral ©
San Carlos Cathedral
Coast Guard Pier ©
Coast Guard Pier

1
night
San Simeon, United States

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at Leffingwell Landing, then get some jogging in at Bluff Trail, then see the interesting displays at Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay (Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary), and finally do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Simeon visit planner.

You can drive from Monterey to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Monterey in October, expect nights in San Simeon to be little chillier, around 9°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Cambria
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Leffingwell Landing ©
Leffingwell Landing
Hearst Ranch Winery ©
Hearst Ranch Winery

4
nights
San Francisco, United States

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some historical perspective at Grace Cathedral and Presidio Pet Cemetery. Get some cultural insight at Sonoma Valley and Gracianna Winery. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Lafayette Reservoir (in Lafayette), Museum of the American Indian (in Novato) and Mount Tamalpais State Park (in Mill Valley). And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, see the interesting displays at Museum of Ice Cream, shop like a local with Haight-Ashbury, and walk around Justin Herman Plaza.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Francisco day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to San Francisco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from San Simeon in October, expect nights in San Francisco to be a bit warmer, around 15°C, while days are little chillier, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Francisco

Wineries Parks Nature

Side Trips

Healdsburg, St. Helena, Lafayette Reservoir, Museum of the American Indian, VJB Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Mount Tamalpais State Park ©
Mount Tamalpais State Park
Sonoma Valley ©
Sonoma Valley
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery

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nights
Anaheim, United States

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Disneyland Park has been added to your itinerary. Popular historic sites such as BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir and St.John Vianney Chapel are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Oak Canyon Nature Center, discover the magic at Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, catch some excitement at Soarin' Around The World, and take in the exciting artwork at The Disney Gallery.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Anaheim trip planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Anaheim by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in October, expect nights in Anaheim to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Anaheim

Fun & Games Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, St.John Vianney Chapel
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BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir ©
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
St.John Vianney Chapel ©
St.John Vianney Chapel
Oak Canyon Nature Center ©
Oak Canyon Nature Center

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