12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
train + bus + Fly:  14​h
1
Lihue, Kauai
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
3
Lahaina, Maui
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Honolulu, Oahu
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + bus + subway:  13​h
End: Washington DC

2
nights
Lihue, Kauai

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 1st (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Menehune Fishpond. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Opaekaa Falls, then get great views at Waimea Canyon State Park, and then admire the majestic nature at Na Pali Coast State Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Lihue trip planner .

Washington DC to Lihue is an approximately 14-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Lihue is minus 5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Washington DC in October, with highs in Lihue at 84°F and lows at 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Lihue

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Poipu, Kauai, Na Pali Coast State Park, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Waimea Canyon State Park
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Na Pali Coast State Park ©
Na Pali Coast State Park
Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park
Waimea Canyon State Park ©
Waimea Canyon State Park

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kailua-Kona day trip app .

Traveling by flight from Lihue to Kailua-Kona takes 2.5 hours. In October in Kailua-Kona, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Lahaina, Maui

Lahaina ©
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.
Visit Ka'anapali Beach and Kapalua Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore Lahaina's surroundings by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Kihei) and Wailea Beach (in Wailea). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Napili Beach, don't miss a visit to Lahaina Banyan Court, stroll around D.T. Fleming Beach Park, and take an in-depth tour of Baldwin Home Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Lahaina trip itinerary tool .

Fly from Kailua-Kona to Lahaina in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in October, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kapalua, Wailea Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach
Kapalua Beach ©
Kapalua Beach

4
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Waikiki Beach and Sunset Beach Park. USS Arizona Memorial and Battleship Missouri Memorial are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Honolulu's surroundings by going to Kailua (Kailua Beach Park & Lanikai Beach) and Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument, examine the collection at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, and appreciate the history behind King Kamehameha Statue.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Honolulu online vacation planner .

You can fly from Lahaina to Honolulu in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In October, daily temperatures in Honolulu can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kailua, Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument, Sunset Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Sunset Beach Park ©
Sunset Beach Park

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