11 days in Hawaii & San Francisco Itinerary

11 days in Hawaii & San Francisco Itinerary

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11 days in Hawaii & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
train + Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Lahaina, Maui
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Philadelphia

3
nights
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.
Step out of Honolulu to go to Kailua and see Kailua Beach Park, which is approximately 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: stroll the grounds of USS Arizona Memorial, hike along Diamond Head State Monument, tour the pleasant surroundings at Waikiki Beach, and see the interesting displays at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Honolulu journey planner .

Philadelphia to Honolulu is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST) is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Philadelphia in September, expect Honolulu to be a bit warmer, temps between 88°F and 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Kailua Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lahaina: Iao Valley (in Wailuku), Wailea Beach (in Wailea) and Saint Theresa Roman Catholic Church (in Kihei). There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Maui Ocean Center, kick back and relax at Napili Beach, appreciate the history behind Lahaina Jodo Mission, and stroll through Ka'anapali Beach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Lahaina trip planner .

Fly from Honolulu to Lahaina in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wailuku, Wailea Beach, Saint Theresa Roman Catholic Church
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Maui Ocean Center ©
Maui Ocean Center
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, nightlife, shopping, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, make a trip to Lombard Street, and take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Francisco online journey planner .

Fly from Lahaina to San Francisco in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Lahaina to San Francisco. Traveling from Lahaina in September, expect San Francisco to be little chillier, temps between 76°F and 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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