12 days in United States Itinerary

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Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly
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Kailua-Kona
— 2 nights
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 2 nights
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Hilo
— 3 nights
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Las Vegas — 3 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Change things up with these side-trips from Las Vegas: Boulder City (Winged Figures of the Republic Statues & Hoover Dam). Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and take in panoramic vistas at High Roller.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Las Vegas trip planner.

Boston to Las Vegas is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Boston in May: high temperatures in Las Vegas hover around 87°F and lows are around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Kailua-Kona.
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Kailua-Kona — 2 nights

Heart of the Kona Coast

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and then stroll through Mauna Kea Beach. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience rural life at The Vanillerie, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mokuaikaua Church, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Ola Brew.

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Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to Kailua-Kona takes 8 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Las Vegas to Kailua-Kona. Traveling from Las Vegas in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Kailua-Kona, with lows of 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park — 2 nights

Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): shop like a local with Volcano Art Center Gallery, hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), and finally cruise along Devastation Trail. Keep things going the next day: trek along Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail, then get impressive views of KÄ«lauea, then get great views at Keanakakoi Crater Overlook, and finally take some stellar pictures from Holei Sea Arch.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Hawaii Volcanoes National Park route planning app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kailua-Kona to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, with lows of 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hilo.
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Hilo — 3 nights

America's Wettest City

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 20th (Sat): observe the fascinating underwater world at Mokupapapa Discovery Center, shop like a local with Extreme Exposure Fine Art Gallery, then admire the natural beauty at Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden, then admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Alae Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, get a taste of the local shopping with Hilo Farmers Market, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, and finally kick back and relax at Carlsmith Beach Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hilo road trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Hilo. In May, daily temperatures in Hilo can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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United States travel guide

4.6
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.
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Island of Hawaii travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · Swim with Dolphins · Beaches
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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