15 days in Las Vegas, Hawaii & San Francisco Itinerary

15 days in Las Vegas, Hawaii & San Francisco Itinerary

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15 days in Las Vegas, Hawaii & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh
+2
train + bus + Fly:  14​h 30​min
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
Honolulu, Oahu
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  3​h
Lahaina, Maui
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 45​min
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
Lihue, Kauai
— 1 night
Fly + subway:  7​h 30​min
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Edinburgh

2
nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
On the 12th (Sun), enjoy some diversion at Battlefield Vegas. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, then take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas, then take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and finally admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas day trip tool .

Edinburgh, UK to Las Vegas is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Edinburgh to Las Vegas is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Edinburgh in May, things will get warmer in Las Vegas: highs are around 36°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Las Vegas

#Parks, #Neighborhoods, #Nature
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Bellagio Fountains ©
Bellagio Fountains
The Strip ©
The Strip

1
night
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.
On the 15th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Iolani Palace, then explore the different monuments and memorials at USS Arizona Memorial, and then hike along Koko Crater Railway Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, see the interesting displays at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Honolulu tour itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to Honolulu takes 9 hours. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Honolulu, with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Honolulu

#Outdoors, #Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Swim with Dolphins
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Swim with Dolphins
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Koko Crater Railway Trail ©
Koko Crater Railway Trail

3
nights
Lahaina, Maui

Once the booming capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, the tropical paradise of Lahaina still remains one of Maui's top vacation attractions, providing both culture and recreation.
Explore hidden gems such as Lahaina Banyan Court and Lahaina Front Street. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lahaina: Ho'okipa Beach Park (in Paia), Kihei (Kihei Baptist Chapel, Scuba & Snorkeling, & more) and Helicopter Tours (in Kahului). It doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Tours and take in the exciting artwork at Lahaina Galleries.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Lahaina travel route website .

Getting from Honolulu to Lahaina by combination of flight and bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. In May, daytime highs in Lahaina are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Lahaina

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Kihei, Ho'okipa Beach Park, Zipline, Helicopter Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Lahaina Banyan Court ©
Lahaina Banyan Court
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Hilo, Island of Hawaii

One of the island of Hawaii's major towns, Hilo contains a mix of Asian and Polynesian cultures and is known for its proximity to a national park encompassing two active volcanoes.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hilo online travel planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Lahaina to Hilo in 4 hours. May in Hilo sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hilo

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Adventure

Side Trip

Zipline
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Zipline
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Helicopter Tours

2
nights
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

Thanks to its favorable location near a mountain range blocking the northeasterly trade winds, Kailua-Kona gets little rainfall, allowing adventure seekers and nature lovers a chance to enjoy over 300 days of sunshine each year.
On the 21st (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience rural life at Greenwell Farms and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mauna Kea.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona route builder app .

Traveling by car from Hilo to Kailua-Kona takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Hilo in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Kailua-Kona, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Lihue.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

Greenwell Farms
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Mauna Kea ©
Mauna Kea
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Lihue, Kauai

Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Spouting Horn, then stroll through Poipu Beach Park, then stop by Island Soap and Candle Works, and finally add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Lihue trip builder app .

Traveling by flight from Kailua-Kona to Lihue takes 2.5 hours. May in Lihue sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Lihue

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Tours

Side Trips

Poipu, Island Soap and Candle Works, Kayaking & Canoeing
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park
Spouting Horn ©
Spouting Horn

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and then stroll through Golden Gate Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): have fun and explore at Exploratorium and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of flight and subway from Lihue to San Francisco in 7.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Hawaii Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Lihue in May, expect San Francisco to be little chillier, temps between 24°C and 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Museums, #Childrens Museums
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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