55 days in United States Itinerary

55 days in United States Itinerary

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55 days in United States Itinerary

Wellington
Fly:  13​h 45​min
Honolulu, Oahu
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
Wailea, Maui
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 30​min
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  16​h 30​min
Marathon
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Key West
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  9​h 15​min
Custer
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  8​h 30​min
Yellowstone National Park
— 6 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  5​h 45​min
Zion National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Page
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Sedona
— 4 nights
+3
bus + Fly + bus + taxi:  11​h
Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
Fly:  28​h
Wellington

5
days
Honolulu, Oahu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Kailua Beach Park and Sunset Beach Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lanikai Beach and Waimea Bay. Step out of Honolulu to go to Pupukea and see Sharks Cove, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Manoa Falls, kick back and relax at Waikiki Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and don't miss a visit to Battleship Missouri Memorial.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Honolulu trip generator.

Wellington, New Zealand to Honolulu is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 22 hours traveling from Wellington to Honolulu. Traveling from Wellington in October, things will get much warmer in Honolulu: highs are around 36°C and lows about 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Wailea.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kailua, Haleiwa, Sharks Cove
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Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park
Lanikai Beach ©
Lanikai Beach
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach

5
days
Wailea, Maui

Wailea ©
Wailea is a census-designated place (CDP) in Maui County, Hawaii, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wailea Beach and Wailea Beach Path. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Napili Beach and Ka'anapali Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Wailea: Lahaina Banyan Court (in Lahaina), Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park) and Zipline (in Ka'anapali). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Wailea vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Honolulu to Wailea takes 3 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Wailea when traveling from Honolulu in October, with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Wailea

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lahaina, Kihei, Haleakala Crater, Zipline
Highlights from your plan
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Napili Beach ©
Napili Beach
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach

3
days
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Kahaluu Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Big Island Bees. It doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mauna Kea and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Wailea to Kailua-Kona takes 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Kailua-Kona can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Marathon.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Kahaluu Beach, Big Island Bees
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Mauna Kea ©
Mauna Kea

2
days
Marathon

Marathon
A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): kick back and relax at Sombrero Beach, then identify plant and animal life at The Turtle Hospital, and then stroll through Bahia Honda State Park. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunset Park Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Dolphin Research Center.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Marathon itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Kailua-Kona to Marathon in 16.5 hours. The time zone changes from Hawaii Standard Time (HST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Key West.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bahia Honda State Park, Sunset Park Beach
Highlights from your plan
The Turtle Hospital
The Turtle Hospital
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
Dolphin Research Center ©
Dolphin Research Center

2
days
Key West

Key West ©
Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Fort Zachary Taylor, then don't miss a visit to Truman Little White House, then identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: explore and take pictures at The Overseas Highway and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Key West itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Marathon to Key West takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Key West are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Custer.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
Fort Zachary Taylor ©
Fort Zachary Taylor
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

4
days
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bear Country USA and Angostura Recreation Area. Get in touch with nature at Black Hills National Forest and Little Devil's Tower Trail. Change things up with a short trip to Windcross Conservancy in Buffalo Gap (about 44 minutes away). There's still lots to do: take a peaceful walk through Black Hills, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cathedral Spires Hiking Trail, admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, and appreciate the history behind Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Custer trip builder.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Key West to Custer in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Key West to Custer is minus 2 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Key West in October, with highs in Custer at 14°C and lows at 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Bear Country USA, Windcross Conservancy, Black Hills, Angostura Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Bear Country USA
Bear Country USA
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest

5
days
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Get outdoors at Mount Washburn and Grand Prismatic Spring. Step off the beaten path and head to Artist Point and Yellowstone Lake. Go for a jaunt from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park to see Grand Teton about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, explore the striking landscape at Lower Geyser Basin, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park tour planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Custer to Yellowstone National Park in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Custer in October, with highs in Yellowstone National Park at 10°C and lows at -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Grand Teton
Highlights from your plan
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

4
days
Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Take a break from the city and head to Zion Canyon Scenic Drive and The Narrows. Discover out-of-the-way places like Angel's Landing and Parowan Gap Petroglyphs. Venture out of the city with trips to Rock Stop (in Orderville) and Peek-A-Boo Loop (in Bryce Canyon National Park).

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Zion National Park itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Zion National Park in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in November, you will find days in Zion National Park are warmer (17°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (-2°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Page.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Parowan Gap Petroglyphs, Peek-A-Boo Loop, Rock Stop
Highlights from your plan
Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing
The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Parowan Gap Petroglyphs ©
Parowan Gap Petroglyphs

3
days
Page

Page ©
Originally little more than a simple camp constructed to house workers who built a nearby dam on the Colorado River, Page is now a popular stop for travelers preparing a trip to Arizona's canyon country.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and River Rafting & Tubing. Escape the urban bustle at Horseshoe Bend and Lower Antelope Canyon. The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Antelope Canyon and Head underground at Water Holes Canyon.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Page trip generator.

You can drive from Zion National Park to Page in 3.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Zion National Park in November since evenings lows in Page dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Page

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Antelope Canyon ©
Antelope Canyon
Lower Antelope Canyon ©
Lower Antelope Canyon
Water Holes Canyon ©
Water Holes Canyon

5
days
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at South Kaibab Trail and Bright Angel Trail. Visiting Rim Trail and Grand Canyon South Rim will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: trek along North Kaibab Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moran Point, get great views at Lookout Studio, and explore the stunning scenery at Inner Canyon.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park vacation planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Page to Grand Canyon National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Grand Canyon National Park when traveling from Page in November, with lows around -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail

3
days
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Escape the urban bustle at Airport Mesa and Oak Creek Canyon. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Devil's Bridge Trail and Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179). There's more to do: explore the striking landscape at Bell Rock and admire the landmark architecture of Chapel of the Holy Cross.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Sedona travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in November, you will find days in Sedona are somewhat warmer (20°C), and nights are much warmer (8°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Oak Creek Canyon ©
Oak Creek Canyon
Bell Rock ©
Bell Rock

7
days
Yosemite National Park

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.
Explore hidden gems such as El Capitan and Tioga Pass. Get in touch with nature at Tuolumne Meadows and Glacier Point. Step out of Yosemite National Park with an excursion to Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve in Lee Vining--about 1 hour away. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, trek along Panorama Trail, stroll through Nevada Falls Loop, and contemplate the waterfront views at Gaylor Lake.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Sedona to Yosemite National Park in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Sedona to Yosemite National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sedona in November, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around -8°C, while days are slightly colder, around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

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