27 days in United States, Canada & Machu Picchu Itinerary

27 days in United States, Canada & Machu Picchu Itinerary

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27 days in United States, Canada & Machu Picchu Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  20​h 15​min
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San Francisco, United States
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park, United States
— 2 nights
+6
Taxi + Bus + Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train:  21​h 30​min
3
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+5
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly + Bus:  16​h 15​min
4
New York City, United States
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Ferry:  4​h 30​min
5
Toronto, Canada
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  10​h 15​min
6
Banff National Park, Canada
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  12​h
7
Kihei, United States
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2​h
8
Princeville, United States
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Poipu, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Melbourne, Australia

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. For shopping fun, head to Union Square or Ferry Building Marketplace. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, approximately 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at The Embarcadero, take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, and have fun and explore at Exploratorium.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary maker website .

Melbourne, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Melbourne to San Francisco. When traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for cooler days in San Francisco, with highs around 17°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Castello di Amorosa
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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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.
On the 19th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at El Capitan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, trek along Panorama Trail, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park day trip planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in December, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are little chillier (7°C), and nights are much colder (-11°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

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Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): delve into the distant past at Intipuncu and then contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu online visit planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yosemite National Park to Machu Picchu. Traveling from Yosemite National Park to Machu Picchu, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

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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.
Get some cultural insight at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Times Square. 9/11 Memorial and The Museum of Modern Art will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History, examine the collection at Museum Of Chinese In America, take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read New York City trip maker .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Machu Picchu to New York City takes 16.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in New York City are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Toronto.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

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Toronto, Canada

Toronto ©
Possibly the world's most diverse city, Toronto houses over 80 ethnic communities speaking nearly 150 different languages or dialects.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): examine the collection at Royal Ontario Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Toronto day trip planning app .

Getting from New York City to Toronto by combination of bus and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from New York City in December, things will get little chillier in Toronto: highs are around 3°C and lows about -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Toronto

Museums
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Royal Ontario Museum ©
Royal Ontario Museum

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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.
Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Louise, and then explore the activities along Moraine Lake.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Banff National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Toronto to Banff National Park takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Toronto in December: high temperatures in Banff National Park hover around -9°C and lows are around -16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Moraine Lake ©
Moraine Lake
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise ©
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
The Lake Louise Ski Resort ©
The Lake Louise Ski Resort

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nights
Kihei, United States

Kihei ©
Stretching over 9.7 km (6 mi) of pristine south Maui coastline, Kihei is the island's driest and sunniest region, making it a perfect location for water activities and beach leisure.
Escape the urban bustle at Wailea Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lahaina Front Street and Keawakapu Beach. Explore Kihei's surroundings by going to Lahaina (Lahaina Banyan Court & Honolulu Cookie Company). And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Ho'okipa Beach Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kamaole Beach Park II.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kihei online tour planner .

Explore your travel options from Banff National Park to Kihei with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Banff National Park to Kihei. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Banff National Park in December: high temperatures in Kihei hover around 32°C and lows are around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Princeville.

Things to do in Kihei

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lahaina, Wailea, Ho'okipa Beach Park
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Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach
Ho'okipa Beach Park ©
Ho'okipa Beach Park
Kamaole Beach Park II ©
Kamaole Beach Park II

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Princeville, United States

Princeville is a 9,000acre, upscale, unincorporated, master-planned community of vacation homes and condos on the north shore of the island of Kauai in Kauai County, Hawaii. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Hanalei Beach and Lumahai Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Na Pali Coast State Park and Waioli Huiia Church. When in Princeville, make a side trip to see Kayaking & Canoeing in Kapaa, approximately 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Kalalau Trail.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Princeville trip builder app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kihei to Princeville takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Poipu.

Things to do in Princeville

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Kauai, Hanalei, Kayaking & Canoeing, Na Pali Coast State Park
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Na Pali Coast State Park ©
Na Pali Coast State Park
Hanalei Beach ©
Hanalei Beach

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Poipu, United States

Poipu ©
Poipū is a census-designated place in Kauai County on the southern side of the island of Kauai in the U.S. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Poipu Beach Park and Spouting Horn. For shopping fun, head to Talk Story Bookstore or Hawaiian Trading Post. Change things up with a short trip to Waimea Canyon State Park in Waimea (about 1 hour away). Spend the 8th (Tue) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and experience rural life at Kauai Coffee Company.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Poipu online holiday builder .

Traveling by car from Princeville to Poipu takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Poipu

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Hawaiian Trading Post, Scuba & Snorkeling, Kauai Coffee Company, Talk Story Bookstore, Waimea Canyon State Park
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Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park
Waimea Canyon State Park ©
Waimea Canyon State Park
Scuba & Snorkeling

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