29 days in United States, Australia & Auckland Itinerary

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Auckland, New Zealand
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Los Angeles, United States
— 4 nights
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Las Vegas, United States
— 9 nights
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Houston, United States
— 3 nights
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New York City, United States
— 5 nights
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San Francisco, United States
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles, United States
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Melbourne, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia

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Auckland, New Zealand

City of Sails

The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Auckland trip maker tool.

Brisbane, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. When traveling from Brisbane in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 20°C at night. On the 6th (Tue), you're off to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles, United States — 4 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Get a sense of the local culture at Skirball Cultural Center and Autry Museum of the American West. Head to The Americana at Brand and Annenberg Space for Photographyfor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Seal Beach (in Seal Beach), Redondo Beach (in Redondo Beach) and Naple Canals (in Long Beach). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Huntington Dog Beach, explore the different monuments and memorials at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, admire the architecture and history at Mission San Gabriel Archangel, and admire the striking features of Bradbury Building.

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Getting from Auckland to Los Angeles by flight takes about 15.5 hours. You'll gain 20 hours traveling from Auckland to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Auckland in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Los Angeles, with lows of 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Las Vegas.
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Las Vegas, United States — 9 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
You'll explore and learn at Counts Kustoms and Shelby American Inc. Step off the beaten path and head to Mount Charleston and Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah. Get out of town with these interesting Las Vegas side-trips: Willow Beach (in Fort Mohave), Henderson (Clark County Heritage Museum, Green Valley Range, &more) and St. George (St. George Historic Downtown, St. George Temple, &more). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Don Laughlin's Classic Car Collection, admire the natural beauty at Ethel M Chocolates Factory and Cactus Garden, wander the streets of The LINQ Promenade, and identify plant and animal life at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas journey maker website.

Getting from Los Angeles to Las Vegas by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in December: high temperatures in Las Vegas hover around 16°C and lows are around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Houston.
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Houston, United States — 3 nights

Bayou City

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.
Asia Society Texas Center and Buffalo Soldiers National Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Historic Downtown Hico and Lakewood Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Houston: Montgomery (St Francis Wolf Sanctuary & Texas Wolfdog Project) and Market Street The Woodlands (in The Woodlands). Next up on the itinerary: let the kids burn off some steam at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, stroll the grounds of Glenwood Cemetery, and contemplate the long history of Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern.

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Getting from Las Vegas to Houston by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Las Vegas in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Houston: highs are around 22°C and lows about 11°C. You'll set off for New York City on the 22nd (Thu).
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New York City, United States — 5 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Head to The Outlet Collection - Jersey Gardens and Macy's Herald Squarefor some retail therapy. Let the collections at Ground Zero Museum Workshop and Cradle of Aviation Museum capture your imagination. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Dumbo, stop by Meatpacking District, stroll around World Trade Center's Liberty Park, and admire the striking features of The Oculus.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the New York City tour builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Houston to New York City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to New York City is 1 hour. Traveling from Houston in December, expect New York City to be little chillier, temps between 10°C and 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to San Francisco.
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San Francisco, United States — 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Oakland California Temple and Sutro Baths will appeal to history buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Ocean Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Lindsay Wildlife Museum (in Walnut Creek), Mavericks (in Half Moon Bay) and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach). There's still lots to do: stroll through Lafayette Reservoir, take in nature's colorful creations at Conservatory of Flowers, steep yourself in history at Cliff House, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from New York City to San Francisco takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in December; daily highs in San Francisco reach 17°C and lows reach 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles, United States

City of Angels

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles tour planning app.

You can fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 11°C at night. On the 31st (Sat), you're off to Melbourne.
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Melbourne, Australia — 1 night

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Hellenic Museum, take an in-depth tour of Melbourne Holocaust Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Catani Gardens, then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and finally see Cheap AZ Travel.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Melbourne travel planner.

Fly from Los Angeles to Melbourne in 17.5 hours. You'll lose 18 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in January, things will get a bit warmer in Melbourne: highs are around 32°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Brisbane.
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Brisbane, Australia

Australia's New World City

Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): stroll around Colmslie Beach Reserve and then examine the collection at Old Government House.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane vacation builder tool.

Fly from Melbourne to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Melbourne in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Brisbane, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.
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United States travel guide

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More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.
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Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.
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