12 days in San Francisco, Kauai & Honolulu Itinerary

12 days in San Francisco, Kauai & Honolulu Itinerary

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12 days in San Francisco, Kauai & Honolulu Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— Few hours
Fly:  8​h
2
Poipu
— 7 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Honolulu
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: San Francisco

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner .

If you are flying in from Mexico, the closest major airports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in December, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Poipu.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

7
nights
Poipu

Poipu ©
Poipū is a census-designated place in Kauai County on the southern side of the island of Kauai in the U.S. Attractions like Poipu Beach Park and Spouting Horn make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Poipu: Lydgate State Park (in Wailua), Waimea (Aunty Liliko'i, Waimea Canyon State Park, & more) and Kayaking & Canoeing (in Kapaa). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Shipwreck Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and stroll through Kalapaki Beach.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Poipu online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of subway, flight, and taxi from San Francisco to Poipu takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to Poipu due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in December: highs in Poipu hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Poipu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lihue, Waimea, Koloa, Kayaking & Canoeing, Swinging Bridge
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Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park
Shipwreck Beach ©
Shipwreck Beach
Spouting Horn ©
Spouting Horn

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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.
Kids will enjoy USS Arizona Memorial and Diamond Head State Monument. Explore Honolulu's surroundings by going to Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea), Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua) and Haleiwa (Waimea Bay & Sunset Beach Park). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Waikiki Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kapiolani Regional Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Manoa Falls, and look for all kinds of wild species at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Honolulu trip planner.

Getting from Poipu to Honolulu by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kailua Beach Park, Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument
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USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument

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