12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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Honolulu, Oahu
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Hilo
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Honolulu, Oahu — 6 nights

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Waikiki Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Honolulu side-trips: Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea), Dole Plantation (in Wahiawa) and Shark Diving (in Haleiwa). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Battleship Missouri Memorial, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Honolulu Zoo, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Honolulu itinerary planner.

Atlanta to Honolulu is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Atlanta to Honolulu. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Thu) before leaving for Hilo.
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Hilo — 4 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hilo: Kailua-Kona (Swim with Dolphins & Kailua Pier), Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Volcano Art Center Gallery, Devastation Trail, &more) and Waikoloa Petroglyph Preserve (in Waikoloa). Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Akaka Falls State Park, get curious at Imiloa Astronomy Center, take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, and Head underground at Kazumura Cave Tours.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Hilo trip planner.

You can fly from Honolulu to Hilo in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can fly to Honolulu.
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Honolulu, Oahu

Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): explore the different monuments and memorials at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific and then go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Honolulu route tool.

Getting from Hilo to Honolulu by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to fly back home.
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Hawaii travel guide

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The Aloha State
An archipelago of hundreds of volcanic islands located in a geological hot spot in the middle of Pacific, Hawaii offers diverse natural scenery and a warm tropical climate. The six major islands open to tourism draw visitors with their sun-drenched public beaches and craggy natural trails. Thanks to their mid-Pacific location, the islands boast a vibrant native culture influenced by both North America and Asia. You can spend your vacation basking in the modern comforts of the big hotels, but to experience the true spirit of these islands, remember that real Hawaiians live outdoors. Encounter nature by surfing, swimming, fishing, and picnicking, or join a guided tour across the ancient lava flows to the top of Hawaii's rugged volcanic peaks.
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Island of Hawaii travel guide

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The Big Island
Aptly nicknamed the "Big Island," the Island of Hawaii features sunny, black-sand beaches on the western side by Kona and a tropical rain forest on the eastern by Hilo. In between, the massive mountain Maunaloa covers half the island, and Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, erupts continuously. Twice as large as all the other Hawaiian Islands combined, this big chunk of land in the Pacific manages to retain a laid-back atmosphere despite its immense popularity with tourists. Instead of spending your entire vacation at one of the island's luxurious tourist resorts, go on tours of this Pacific haven's coffee and macadamia nut plantations and working ranches, or explore its nature reserves and rugged trails.
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