15 days in California, Great Smoky Mountains National Park & Hawaii Itinerary

15 days in California, Great Smoky Mountains National Park & Hawaii Itinerary

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15 days in California, Great Smoky Mountains National Park & Hawaii Itinerary

Sydney
Fly:  16​h 30​min
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
Kihei, Maui
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 30​min
Honolulu, Oahu
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
Sydney

2
days
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 29th (Sat), take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at China Beach. On your second day here, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then get curious at Exploratorium, and then get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Francisco travel planner.

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to San Francisco. In September, daytime highs in San Francisco are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf
Exploratorium

3
days
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Clingmans Dome. Escape the urban bustle at Cades Cove and Tom Branch Falls. Step out of Great Smoky Mountains National Park to go to Gatlinburg and see Zipline, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park vacation trip planner.

Explore your travel options from San Francisco to Great Smoky Mountains National Park with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Francisco to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Tom Branch Falls
River Rafting & Tubing
Clingmans Dome

4
days
Kihei, Maui

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Wailea Beach and Zipline. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Napili Beach and Kapalua Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Lahaina (Whalers Village Museum, Lahaina Front Street, & more). There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kihei vacation builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Kihei. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST) is minus 5 hours. October in Kihei sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Kihei

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trips

Lahaina, Helicopter Tours, Wailea Beach, Kapalua Beach, Parasailing & Paragliding
Highlights from your plan
Wailea Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
days
Honolulu, Oahu

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Iolani Palace, then see the interesting displays at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Byodo-In Temple, and finally stroll through Lanikai Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the different monuments and memorials at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific and then kick back and relax at Kailua Beach Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Honolulu trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kihei to Honolulu in 2.5 hours. In October in Honolulu, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Kailua, The Byodo-In Temple
Highlights from your plan
Lanikai Beach
Kailua Beach Park
Iolani Palace

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