32 days in Canada, United States & Melbourne Itinerary

32 days in Canada, United States & Melbourne Itinerary

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32 days in Canada, United States & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly + Drive:  25​h
1
Anchorage, United States
— 2 nights
Drive + train:  7​h 15​min
2
Denali National Park and Preserve, United States
— 1 night
train:  8​h
3
Whittier, United States
— 2 nights
Drive:  12​h 45​min
4
Banff National Park, Canada
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Canmore, Canada
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + bus:  9​h
6
New York City, United States
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Boston, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Toronto, Canada
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Charlottetown, Canada
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h
10
Vancouver, Canada
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h
11
Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
End: Melbourne, Australia

2
nights
Anchorage, United States

Anchorage ©
Home to nearly half of Alaska's population, the port city of Anchorage covers a staggering area of over 4,900 sq km (1,900 sq mi) surrounded by mountains.
On the 25th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Oscar Anderson House Museum and then meet the residents at Alaska Zoo. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and then examine the collection at Anchorage Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Anchorage travel route planning site .

Melbourne, Australia to Anchorage is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and car. You'll gain 19 hours traveling from Melbourne to Anchorage due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in August, with highs in Anchorage at 22°C and lows at 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Anchorage

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites
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Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center ©
Alaska Zoo ©
Alaska Zoo

1
night
Denali National Park and Preserve, United States

Denali National Park and Preserve
The 2.43 million hectares (6 million acres) of Denali National Park include low taiga forest, high-alpine tundra, and snowcapped mountains, all of which lead up to Mt.
For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Denali National Park and Preserve holiday maker website .

You can do a combination of car and train from Anchorage to Denali National Park and Preserve in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Denali National Park and Preserve when traveling from Anchorage in August, with lows around 10°C. You will leave for Whittier on the 28th (Tue).

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Aug 27 — 28:

2
nights
Whittier, United States

Whittier is a city at the head of the Passage Canal in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): make a trip to Whittier Harbor.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Whittier trip planner .

Take a bus from Denali National Park and Preserve to Whittier in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daytime highs in Whittier are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. You'll set off for Banff National Park on the 30th (Thu).

Things to do in Whittier

Adventure Outdoors Tours
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Whittier Harbor ©
Whittier Harbor

3
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.
Banff National Park is known for nature, historic sites, scenic drive, spas, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Moraine Lake, cruise along Icefields Parkway, stroll through Bow Valley Parkway, and see the interesting displays at Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Banff National Park travel route planner .

Explore your travel options from Whittier to Banff National Park with the Route module. The time zone changes from Alaska Standard Time (AKST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Whittier in August, you will find days in Banff National Park are a bit warmer (24°C), and nights are slightly colder (5°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Canmore.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Moraine Lake ©
Moraine Lake
Lake Louise ©
Lake Louise
Icefields Parkway ©
Icefields Parkway

2
nights
Canmore, Canada

Canmore ©
Bordered by the spectacular peaks of the Alberta Rockies, within a stone's throw of Banff National Park, the town of Canmore serves as an excellent base for outdoor adventures.
On the 4th (Tue), take in the awesome beauty at Ha Ling Peak and then explore the fascinating underground world of Canmore Cave Tours.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Canmore road trip planner.

Drive from Banff National Park to Canmore in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Banff National Park in September: highs in Canmore hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to New York City.

Things to do in Canmore

Nature Parks
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Canmore Cave Tours ©
Canmore Cave Tours
Ha Ling Peak ©
Ha Ling Peak
Big Head Sculpture ©
Big Head Sculpture

5
nights
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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Central Park, pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, admire the striking features of Grand central terminal, and enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the New York City trip itinerary maker .

Do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Canmore to New York City in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Canmore to New York City is 2 hours. When traveling from Canmore in September, plan for a bit warmer days in New York City, with highs around 30°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Boston.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

2
nights
Boston, United States

Boston ©
Rich in museums, restaurants, shops, and historical sites, Boston attracts over 16 million visitors each year. New England's largest and most influential city, Boston ranks among the world's major centers of education and culture.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Boston Public Garden and then explore and take pictures at Fenway Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles River Esplanade, and then get lost in a book at Boston Public Library.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Boston driving holiday planning website .

Getting from New York City to Boston by combination of flight and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City in September, things will get little chillier in Boston: highs are around 27°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Toronto.

Things to do in Boston

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Boston Public Garden ©
Boston Public Garden
Fenway Park ©
Fenway Park
Museum of Fine Arts ©
Museum of Fine Arts

4
nights
Toronto, Canada

Toronto ©
Possibly the world's most diverse city, Toronto houses over 80 ethnic communities speaking nearly 150 different languages or dialects.
Explore Toronto's surroundings by going to Niagara Falls (Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory, Niagara Falls, & more). There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from CN Tower, hunt for treasures at St. Lawrence Market, stop by SOMA chocolatemaker, and admire the landmark architecture of Casa Loma.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Toronto trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Boston to Toronto takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Toronto are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Charlottetown.

Things to do in Toronto

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Niagara Falls
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls
CN Tower
CN Tower
Casa Loma ©
Casa Loma

2
nights
Charlottetown, Canada

Charlottetown ©
The largest city on Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown remains small enough for easy exploration on foot.
On the 17th (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of Province House National Historic Site of Canada, then stroll through Victoria Park, and then stroll through Brackley Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Charlottetown road trip planner .

You can fly from Toronto to Charlottetown in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Toronto in September; daily highs in Charlottetown reach 22°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Vancouver.

Things to do in Charlottetown

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Brackley Beach
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Highlights from your plan
Brackley Beach ©
Brackley Beach
Victoria Park ©
Victoria Park

2
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.
On the 18th (Tue), admire the natural beauty at VanDusen Botanical Garden and then snap pictures at Capilano Suspension Bridge. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Stanley Park and then wander the streets of Vancouver Downtown.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Vancouver trip planner .

Fly from Charlottetown to Vancouver in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Charlottetown to Vancouver. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

North Vancouver
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Stanley Park ©
Stanley Park
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park ©
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Grouse Mountain ©
Grouse Mountain

3
nights
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Vancouver to Melbourne in 19 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 18 hours traveling from Vancouver to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Vancouver in September, Melbourne is slightly colder at night with lows of 7°C. On the 25th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Tours Parks
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens

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