14 days in Alaska, Hawaii & Arizona Itinerary

14 days in Alaska, Hawaii & Arizona Itinerary

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14 days in Alaska, Hawaii & Arizona Itinerary

Start: Boston
+2
train + Fly + Drive:  11​h 45​min
1
Anchorage
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 30​min
2
Kula, Maui
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Honolulu, Oahu
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  13​h 15​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Boston

2
nights
Anchorage

Anchorage ©
Home to nearly half of Alaska's population, the port city of Anchorage covers a staggering area of over 4,900 sq km (1,900 sq mi) surrounded by mountains.
On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, contemplate the long history of Oscar Anderson House Museum, and then examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Anchorage trip maker .

Boston to Anchorage is an approximately 12-hour combination of train, flight, and car. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time is minus 4 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Boston in December, with highs in Anchorage at 25°F and lows at 14°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kula.

Things to do in Anchorage

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center ©
Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum ©
Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum

2
nights
Kula, Maui

Kula ©
Kula is a district of Maui, Hawaii, that stretches across the "up-country", the western-facing slopes of Haleakalā, from Makawao to Ulupalakua. Get out of town with these interesting Kula side-trips: Wailuku (Maui Ocean Center & Iao Valley), Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park) and Lahaina Banyan Court (in Lahaina). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Hana Highway - Road to Hana, grab your bike and head to Bike Park Maui, and enjoy the sand and surf at Ho'okipa Beach Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kula road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Anchorage to Kula takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Alaska Standard Time (AKST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December, Kula is much warmer than Anchorage - with highs of 82°F and lows of 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Kula

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Wailuku, Hana Highway - Road to Hana, Bike Park Maui, Haleakala Crater, Ho'okipa Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Hana Highway - Road to Hana ©
Hana Highway - Road to Hana
Maui Ocean Center ©
Maui Ocean Center

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Honolulu: Sunset Beach Park (in Haleiwa) and Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea). There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of USS Arizona Memorial, take in the dramatic scenery at Manoa Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, and go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Honolulu online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Kula to Honolulu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. In December, daytime highs in Honolulu are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Grand Canyon National Park is known for nature, trails, historic sites, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, trek along Rim Trail, take some stellar pictures from Lipan Point, and stroll through Bright Angel Trail.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park holiday planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Honolulu to Grand Canyon National Park in 13.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. Traveling from Honolulu to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Grand Canyon National Park is cooler than Honolulu - with highs of 45°F and lows of 15°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

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