42 days in Melbourne, United States & Canada Itinerary

42 days in Melbourne, United States & Canada Itinerary

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42 days in Melbourne, United States & Canada Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
1
Melbourne, Australia
— 1 day
Fly:  14​h
2
Hanalei, United States
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  13​h 45​min
3
Banff National Park, Canada
— 4 nights
Bus:  2​h 45​min
4
Jasper National Park, Canada
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Drive:  14​h
5
Yellowstone National Park, United States
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Taxi:  6​h 45​min
6
Custer, United States
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Bus:  8​h
7
Hilton Head, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
8
Bar Harbor, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
9
Edgartown, United States
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Nantucket, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
11
Page, United States
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  12​h
12
Yosemite National Park, United States
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Melbourne, Australia

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Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 1st (Sun), explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria and then see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne holiday builder tool .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airport is Melbourne International Airport. In September, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Hanalei.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

3
nights
Hanalei, United States

Hanalei ©
Hanalei is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hanalei Beach and Na Pali Coast State Park. Step out of the city life by going to Waimea Canyon State Park and Poipu Beach Park. Explore Hanalei's surroundings by going to Kayaking & Canoeing (in Kapaa) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Eleele).

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hanalei vacation planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Melbourne to Hanalei in 14 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Melbourne to Hanalei, you'll gain 20 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in September: high temperatures in Hanalei hover around 35°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Hanalei

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Poipu Beach Park, Na Pali Coast State Park, Waimea Canyon State Park, Kayaking & Canoeing
Highlights from your plan
Hanalei Beach ©
Hanalei Beach
Na Pali Coast State Park ©
Na Pali Coast State Park
Waimea Canyon State Park ©
Waimea Canyon State Park

4
nights
Banff National Park, Canada

Banff National Park ©
Among the world's oldest national parks, Banff National Park serves as a World Heritage-listed mecca for cyclists, hikers, skiers, bird-watchers, mountain climbers, and anyone else with a passion for exploring vast untouched wildernesses.
Get outdoors at Icefields Parkway and Columbia Wetlands Outpost. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and Burgess Shale. On the 7th (Sat), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Temple Mountain. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Moraine Lake and look for all kinds of wild species at Valley of the Ten Peaks.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Banff National Park road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle from Hanalei to Banff National Park takes 14 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Hanalei to Banff National Park. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Hanalei in September, with highs in Banff National Park at 15°C and lows at 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can take a shuttle to Jasper National Park.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Columbia Wetlands Outpost, Burgess Shale
Highlights from your plan
Moraine Lake ©
Moraine Lake
Icefields Parkway ©
Icefields Parkway
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise ©
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

4
nights
Jasper National Park, Canada

Jasper National Park ©
The largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, sprawling Jasper National Park encompasses more than 10,000 sq km (4,200 sq mi) of largely unspoiled mountain wilderness.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mount Edith Cavell and Rock Lake Provincial Park. Get outdoors at Maligne Canyon and Athabasca Falls. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Edith Cavell Trail, tour the water at your own pace with Pure Outdoors, hike along Wilcox Pass, and take a memorable drive along Columbia Ice Field.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Jasper National Park route planner .

You can take a shuttle from Banff National Park to Jasper National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Banff National Park, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Jasper National Park, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Jasper National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Rock Lake Provincial Park
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Trail ©
Skyline Trail
Mount Edith Cavell ©
Mount Edith Cavell
Mount Edith Cavell Trail ©
Mount Edith Cavell Trail

4
nights
Yellowstone National Park, United States

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Step out of the city life by going to Mount Washburn and Uncle Tom's Trail. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hayden Valley and Artist Point. Spend the 15th (Sun) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. And it doesn't end there: cruise along Lamar Valley, explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lake Butte Overlook.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park travel planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car from Jasper National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 14 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. September in Yellowstone National Park sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Custer.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Yellowstone National Park ©
Yellowstone National Park
Artist Point ©
Artist Point

2
nights
Custer, United States

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wind Cave National Park and Bismark Lake Campground. Get in touch with nature at Black Hills National Forest and Windcross Conservancy. Get out of town with these interesting Custer side-trips: Mammoth Site of Hot Springs (in Hot Springs) and Bear Country USA (in Rapid City). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, and cruise along Wildlife Loop Road.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Custer online vacation planner .

Do a combination of car, flight, and taxi from Yellowstone National Park to Custer in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September, things will get a bit warmer in Custer: highs are around 25°C and lows about 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hilton Head.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Wind Cave National Park, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Windcross Conservancy, Bear Country USA, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
Wind Cave National Park ©
Wind Cave National Park
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs

2
nights
Hilton Head, United States

Hilton Head ©
A Hilton Head vacation may be heaven for a golfer, but the area also offers all kinds of other options for sports fans.
Visit Savannah Historic District and Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum for their historical value. Get outdoors at Burkes Beach and Hilton Head Island Bike Trails. Explore Hilton Head's surroundings by going to Tybee Island Beach (in Tybee Island) and Cathedral of St. John the Baptist (in Savannah). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Coligny Beach and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hilton Head travel route planning app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Custer to Hilton Head in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Custer in September, you will find days in Hilton Head are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are warmer (25°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Bar Harbor.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Savannah, Tybee Island
Highlights from your plan
Savannah Historic District ©
Savannah Historic District
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist ©
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

3
nights
Bar Harbor, United States

Bar Harbor ©
Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. We've included these beaches for you: Little Hunters Beach and Echo Lake Beach. Visiting Sand Beach and Pirate's Cove Miniature Golf will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Shore Path, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cadillac Mountain, step off the mainland to explore Mount Desert Island, and explore the striking landscape of Eagle Lake Acadia National Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bar Harbor trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Hilton Head to Bar Harbor by combination of car and flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Hilton Head in September, with highs in Bar Harbor at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Edgartown.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Acadia National Park, The Seal Cove Auto Museum
Highlights from your plan
Sand Beach ©
Sand Beach
Shore Path ©
Shore Path
The Seal Cove Auto Museum ©
The Seal Cove Auto Museum

3
nights
Edgartown, United States

Edgartown ©
Edgartown is a town located on Martha's Vineyard in Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Norton Point Beach and Lambert's Cove Beach. Visiting Menemsha Hills and Bend in the Road Beach will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Edgartown side-trips: Menemsha Public Beach (in Menemsha) and Lucy Vincent Beach (in Chilmark). There's more to do: stroll through Lighthouse Beach and kick back and relax at Joseph Sylvia State Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Edgartown route builder site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Bar Harbor to Edgartown in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in September, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Nantucket.

Things to do in Edgartown

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Chilmark, Lambert's Cove Beach, Joseph Sylvia State Beach, Menemsha Public Beach
Highlights from your plan
Menemsha Hills ©
Menemsha Hills
Menemsha Public Beach ©
Menemsha Public Beach
Lucy Vincent Beach ©
Lucy Vincent Beach

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nights
Nantucket, United States

Nantucket ©
Nantucket is an island about 30mi by ferry south from Cape Cod, in the American state of Massachusetts. On the 3rd (Thu), kick back and relax at Nobadeer, visit a coastal fixture at Sankaty Head Lighthouse, and then kick back and relax at Surfside Beach. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cisco Beach and then stroll through Madaket Beach.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Nantucket online holiday planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Edgartown to Nantucket in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Nantucket can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Page.

Things to do in Nantucket

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Sankaty Head Lighthouse ©
Sankaty Head Lighthouse
Madaket Beach ©
Madaket Beach
Cisco Beach ©
Cisco Beach

1
night
Page, United States

Page ©
Originally little more than a simple camp constructed to house workers who built a nearby dam on the Colorado River, Page is now a popular stop for travelers preparing a trip to Arizona's canyon country.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): explore the stunning scenery at Lower Antelope Canyon, explore the stunning scenery at Antelope Canyon, and then get great views at Horseshoe Bend. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Page sightseeing planning site .

Fly from Nantucket to Page in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Nantucket in October, expect nights in Page to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Page

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area ©
Horseshoe Bend ©
Horseshoe Bend
Antelope Canyon ©
Antelope Canyon

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Sentinel Dome and Yosemite Falls. Discover out-of-the-way places like El Capitan and Mono Lake County Park. Step out of Yosemite National Park to go to Bridgeport and see Bodie State Historic Park, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, trek along Panorama Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park online route maker .

Do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi from Page to Yosemite National Park in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Page to Yosemite National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Page in October, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around -2°C, while days are little chillier, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mono Lake County Park, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

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