10 days in United States Itinerary

10 days in United States Itinerary

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10 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Durham
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Honolulu
— 3 nights
Bus:  30​min
2
Kaneohe
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Fly + Taxi:  3​h 15​min
3
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Hilo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Kailua-Kona
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h
End: Durham

3
nights
Honolulu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Honolulu is known for historic sites, wildlife, beaches, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll the grounds of USS Arizona Memorial, tour the pleasant surroundings at Diamond Head State Monument, admire the sheer force of Manoa Falls, and step aboard Battleship Missouri Memorial.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Honolulu trip itinerary builder site .

Durham to Honolulu is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time is minus 5 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Durham in December, with highs in Honolulu at 82°F and lows at 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Kaneohe.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach

1
night
Kaneohe

Kaneohe ©
Kāneohe is a census-designated place (CDP) included in the City and County of Honolulu and located in Hawaii state District of Koolaupoko on the island of Oahu. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): stroll through Kailua Beach Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Byodo-In Temple, and then stroll through Kualoa Regional Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kaneohe trip planner .

Kaneohe is just a stone's throw from Honolulu. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in December, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Kaneohe

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kailua Beach Park, Kualoa Regional Park
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Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park
Kualoa Regional Park ©
Kualoa Regional Park
Byodo-In Temple ©
Byodo-In Temple

2
nights
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park ©
Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
On the 21st (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), then hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then see the interesting displays at Jagger Museum, and finally get impressive views of Kīlauea. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable drive along Devastation Trail, walk around Punalu‘U Beach, then take a stroll through Kalapana, and finally explore the striking landscape at Holei Sea Arch.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park trip itinerary website .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Kaneohe to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Kaneohe in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, with lows around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Hilo.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Jagger Museum, Punalu‘U Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Devastation Trail ©
Devastation Trail
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)

1
night
Hilo

Hilo ©
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 23rd (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Akaka Falls State Park, then take in the pleasant sights at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, then admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, and finally take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Hilo trip planner .

You can drive from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Hilo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daytime highs in Hilo are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
Highlights from your plan
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Liliuokalani Gardens ©
Liliuokalani Gardens
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden ©
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

1
night
Kailua-Kona

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore and take pictures at Saddle Road and then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kailua-Kona trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Hilo to Kailua-Kona in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Kailua-Kona, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Saddle Road
Saddle Road

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