10 days in United States Itinerary

10 days in United States Itinerary

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10 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Honolulu
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Lihue
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1​h 15​min
3
Kihei
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
4
Hilo
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: San Diego

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.
Get some cultural insight at Makapuu Lighthouse Trail and National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Escape the urban bustle at Banzai Pipeline and Scuba & Snorkeling. Venture out of the city with trips to Byodo-In Temple (in Kaneohe), Sunset Beach Park (in Haleiwa) and Kailua (Lanikai Beach & Kailua Beach Park). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Koko Crater Railway Trail, kick back and relax at Sharks Cove, and explore the galleries of USS Arizona Memorial.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Honolulu online trip builder .

San Diego to Honolulu is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from San Diego to Honolulu. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in December: high temperatures in Honolulu hover around 82°F and lows are around 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Lihue.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pupukea, Kailua, Haleiwa, Byodo-In Temple
Highlights from your plan
Koko Crater Railway Trail ©
Koko Crater Railway Trail
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park
Lanikai Beach ©
Lanikai Beach

2
nights
Lihue

Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Poipu Beach Park. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Wailua Falls, hike along Kalalau Trail, and then kick back and relax at Hanalei Beach.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Lihue trip planner .

Fly from Honolulu to Lihue in 2.5 hours. In December in Lihue, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Lihue

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Poipu Beach Park, Kalalau Trail, Hanalei Beach, Kayaking & Canoeing
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Hanalei Beach ©
Hanalei Beach
Wailua Falls ©
Wailua Falls

2
nights
Kihei

Kihei ©
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.
On the 1st (Wed), kick back and relax at Wailea Beach, kick back and relax at Napili Beach, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then steep yourself in history at Wo Hing Temple Museum, then take a stroll through Lahaina Front Street, and finally get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kihei itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Lihue to Kihei in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. December in Kihei sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Kihei

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Lahaina, Wailea Beach
Highlights from your plan
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach
Napili Beach ©
Napili Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
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 3rd (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Richardson Beach Park, kick back and relax at Carlsmith Beach Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hilo route site .

Getting from Kihei to Hilo by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in January, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Richardson Beach Park ©
Richardson Beach Park
Liliuokalani Gardens ©
Liliuokalani Gardens
Scuba & Snorkeling

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