34 days in United States & Melbourne Itinerary

34 days in United States & Melbourne Itinerary

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34 days in United States & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  20​h 30​min
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San Diego, United States
— 4 nights
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Houston, United States
— 2 nights
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Orlando, United States
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
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Ocean City, United States
— 1 night
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bus + foot + Fly:  7​h 15​min
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Chicago, United States
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
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Salt Lake City, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
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San Francisco, United States
— 5 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
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Melbourne, Australia
— 4 nights
End: Melbourne, Australia


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4
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San Diego, United States

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Discover out-of-the-way places like La Jolla Shores Park and South Carlsbad State Beach. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Coronado Beach, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, get to know the fascinating history of Point Loma, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Diego trip planner .

Melbourne, Australia to San Diego is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Melbourne to San Diego, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in September, you will find days in San Diego are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are warmer (23°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Houston.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Coronado, South Carlsbad State Beach
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La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach

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Houston, United States

Houston ©
Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Kids will enjoy The Houston Museum of Natural Science and Houston Zoo. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Escape Hunt and Children's Museum of Houston. When in Houston, make a side trip to see Kemah Boardwalk in Kemah, approximately 42 minutes away. It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hermann Park and don't miss a visit to Water Wall.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Houston holiday builder website .

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Houston takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from San Diego to Houston. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from San Diego in September, with highs in Houston at 38°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trip

Kemah Boardwalk
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The Houston Museum of Natural Science ©
Children's Museum of Houston ©
Children's Museum of Houston
Houston Zoo ©
Houston Zoo

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Orlando, United States

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.
Bring the kids along to Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park and Cinderella Castle. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Room Escape Games and World of Disney. Go for a jaunt from Orlando to Crystal River to see Stand-Up Paddleboarding about 2 hours away. Have a day of magic on the 20th (Fri) at Walt Disney World Resort. Pack the 22nd (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Orlando Resort. There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal's Islands of Adventure, discover the magic at Avatar Flight of Passage, don't miss a visit to Tree of Life, and add some entertainment to your itinerary with Happily Ever After Fireworks.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, refer to the Orlando day trip website .

You can fly from Houston to Orlando in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. September in Orlando sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Ocean City.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park ©
Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park
Room Escape Games

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Ocean City, United States

Ocean City ©
Ocean City is a city in Cape May County, New Jersey, United States. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): wander the streets of Ocean City Beach and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cape May County Park & Zoo.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ocean City day trip app .

You can fly from Orlando to Ocean City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Orlando in September, things will get little chillier in Ocean City: highs are around 30°C and lows about 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Ocean City

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Cape May County Park & Zoo
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Cape May County Park & Zoo ©
Cape May County Park & Zoo
Ocean City Beach ©
Ocean City Beach

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Chicago, United States

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Silver Beach County Park and Indiana Dunes State Park. Kids will enjoy Museum of Science and Industry and Maggie Daley Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Chicago Botanic Garden (in Glencoe) and Starved Rock State Park (in Utica). There's still lots to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Lakefront Trail, admire the striking features of Chicago Cultural Center, contemplate the waterfront views at Chicago River, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Chicago Riverwalk.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Chicago travel route planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Ocean City to Chicago in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and subway; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. September in Chicago sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Michigan, Chicago Botanic Garden, Indiana Dunes State Park, Silver Beach County Park, Starved Rock State Park
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Silver Beach County Park ©
Silver Beach County Park
Starved Rock State Park ©
Starved Rock State Park
The Escape Game Chicago ©
The Escape Game Chicago

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Salt Lake City, United States

Salt Lake City ©
Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Step off the beaten path and head to Big Cottonwood Canyon and Antelope Island State Park. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Temple Square, admire the landmark architecture of LDS Conference Center, get a sense of history and politics at Utah State Capitol, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Tabernacle.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Salt Lake City tour itinerary builder app .

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Salt Lake City takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Chicago to Salt Lake City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Antelope Island State Park
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Big Cottonwood Canyon ©
Big Cottonwood Canyon
Antelope Island State Park ©
Antelope Island State Park
Room Escape Games

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San Francisco, United States

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Marin Headlands. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing), Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and VJB Cellars (in Kenwood). There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, hike along Lands End, and contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your San Francisco trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by flight from Salt Lake City to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Salt Lake City in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 15°C in San Francisco. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Marin Headlands, VJB Cellars, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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Melbourne, Australia

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Australian Centre for the Moving Image and Melbourne Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dandenong Ranges National Park and Balloon Rides. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: Spas (in Daylesford) and Lake Wendouree (in Ballarat). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, don't miss a visit to Block Arcade, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Melbourne takes 19 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 18 hours traveling from San Francisco to Melbourne. Traveling from San Francisco in October, expect little chillier with lows of 9°C in Melbourne. On the 15th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Lake Wendouree, Dandenong Ranges National Park, Spas
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Balloon Rides
Lake Wendouree ©
Lake Wendouree
Dandenong Ranges National Park ©
Dandenong Ranges National Park

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