27 days in United States & Vancouver Itinerary

27 days in United States & Vancouver Itinerary

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27 days in United States & Vancouver Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
San Francisco, United States
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Sacramento, United States
— 11 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Portland, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Seattle, United States
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Vancouver, Canada
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
6
Idaho Falls, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

1
night
San Francisco, United States

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 30th (Wed), step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): engage your brain at Exploratorium and then walk around Golden Gate Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco vacation maker app .

Melbourne, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -18 hour difference. Traveling from Melbourne in September, expect San Francisco to be a bit warmer, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sacramento.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

11
nights
Sacramento, United States

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sacramento: River Rafting & Tubing (in Lotus), Empire Mine State Historic Park (in Grass Valley) and Truckee (Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum & Northstar California). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at West Coast Falconry, stroll through Columbia State Historic Park, get your game on at Enchambered: Sacramento Escape Room, and get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sacramento vacation planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Sacramento takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in October: highs in Sacramento hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Portland.

Things to do in Sacramento

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Truckee, Davis, Scott Harvey Winery, Columbia State Historic Park, Calaveras Big Trees State Park
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West Coast Falconry ©
West Coast Falconry
Calaveras Big Trees State Park ©
Calaveras Big Trees State Park
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum

3
nights
Portland, United States

Portland ©
A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): walk around Tom McCall Waterfront Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Portland Japanese Garden, admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden, then take in nature's colorful creations at Lan Su Chinese Garden, then walk around Laurelhurst Park, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Multnomah Falls.

Before you visit Portland, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Sacramento to Portland takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Sacramento in October: highs in Portland hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 11°C. On the 15th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Multnomah Falls
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Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books
Portland Japanese Garden ©
Portland Japanese Garden

3
nights
Seattle, United States

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Seattle is known for museums, parks, zoos & aquariums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, view the masterpieces at Glasshouse Studio, wander the streets of Pike Place Market, and admire the natural beauty at Bellevue Botanical Garden.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Seattle tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Portland to Seattle in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Seattle are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Vancouver.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Bellevue Botanical Garden
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

3
nights
Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver ©
Known as "Hollywood North," Vancouver boasts one of the largest film/television industries in the world, second only to Los Angeles and New York.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take a stroll through Vancouver Downtown. On your second day here, stroll around Stanley Park and then take in the dramatic natural features at Vancouver Seawall.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Vancouver day trip planning app .

Getting from Seattle to Vancouver by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Seattle in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Vancouver: temperatures range from 16°C by day to 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Idaho Falls.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
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Stanley Park ©
Stanley Park
Granville Island ©
Granville Island
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park ©
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

3
nights
Idaho Falls, United States

Idaho Falls ©
Idaho Falls is a city in and the county seat of Bonneville County, Idaho, United States, and is the largest city in Eastern Idaho. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park, then get a new perspective on nature at Museum of Idaho, then make a trip to Snake River Greenbelt, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Idaho Falls River Walk. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon National Monument and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Lava Hot Springs.

Make your Idaho Falls itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Explore your travel options from Vancouver to Idaho Falls with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Vancouver to Idaho Falls is 1 hour. Expect little chillier evenings in Idaho Falls when traveling from Vancouver in October, with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Idaho Falls

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Craters of the Moon National Monument, Lava Hot Springs, Yellowstone Bear World
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Craters of the Moon National Monument ©
Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park ©
Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park
Museum of Idaho ©
Museum of Idaho

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