15 days in Alaska & Hawaii Itinerary

15 days in Alaska & Hawaii Itinerary

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15 days in Alaska & Hawaii Itinerary

Start: St. Croix
+2
Drive + Fly + ferry:  21​h 30​min
1
Ketchikan
— 1 night
ferry + Fly:  2​h
2
Sitka
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  12​h
3
Hanalei, Kauai
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h
4
Honolulu, Oahu
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h 15​min
5
Volcano, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
+3
bus + taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
6
Kihei, Maui
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + Drive:  21​h 30​min
End: St. Croix


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1
night
Ketchikan

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): see what you can catch with a fishing tour and then get to know the fascinating history of Creek Street. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then admire the majestic nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Ketchikan trip app .

St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands to Ketchikan is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from St. Croix in August, with highs in Ketchikan at 22°C and lows at 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Zipline
Totem Bight State Historical Park ©
Totem Bight State Historical Park

2
nights
Sitka

Sitka ©
The City and Borough of Sitka, formerly Novo-Arkhangelsk, or New Archangel under Russian rule, is a unified city-borough located on Baranof Island and the southern half of Chichagof Island in the Alexander Archipelago of the Pacific Ocean (part of the Alaska Panhandle), in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Raptor Center, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then admire the majestic nature at Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Sheldon Jackson Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Starrigavan Recreation Area, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Sitka trip planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Sitka can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Hanalei.

Things to do in Sitka

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Alaska Raptor Center ©
Alaska Raptor Center
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
night
Hanalei, Kauai

Hanalei ©
Hanalei is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Kalalau Trail, then admire the majestic nature at Na Pali Coast State Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Hanalei Beach, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take some stellar pictures from Hanalei Valley Lookout.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hanalei trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Sitka to Hanalei in 12 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sitka to Hanalei due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sitka in August, things will get much warmer in Hanalei: highs are around 35°C and lows about 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Hanalei

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Kalalau Trail, Na Pali Coast State Park
Highlights from your plan
Kalalau Trail ©
Kalalau Trail
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Hanalei Beach ©
Hanalei Beach

2
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.
On the 24th (Sat), admire the verdant scenery at Nuuanu Pali Lookout, then kick back and relax at Lanikai Beach, then make a trip to Byodo-In Temple, and finally stroll the grounds of USS Arizona Memorial. Keep things going the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific and then enjoy the sand and surf at Waikiki Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Honolulu trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Hanalei to Honolulu by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Volcano.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Byodo-In Temple, Nuuanu Pali Lookout, Lanikai Beach
Highlights from your plan
Lanikai Beach ©
Lanikai Beach
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial

2
nights
Volcano, Island of Hawaii

Volcano ©
Those who named Volcano opted for simplicity in choosing a title, taking the nearby fire-spewing Kilauea as a source of inspiration.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), then stroll through Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then contemplate the geological forces at Kīlauea, and finally examine the collection at Jagger Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Kulanaokuaiki Campground.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Volcano tour planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Honolulu to Volcano takes 4.5 hours. August in Volcano sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Volcano

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Highlights from your plan
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)
Jagger Museum ©
Jagger Museum

3
nights
Kihei, Maui

Kihei ©
Stretching over 9.7 km (6 mi) of pristine south Maui coastline, Kihei is the island's driest and sunniest region, making it a perfect location for water activities and beach leisure.
Get in touch with nature at Kapalua Beach and Zipline. We've included these beaches for you: Wailea Beach and Kamaole Beach Park II. Get out of town with these interesting Kihei side-trips: Napili Beach (in Lahaina) and Sacred Hearts Mission Church (in Kapalua). There's still lots to do: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, kick back and relax at Kalepolepo Beach Park, stroll through Ho'okipa Beach Park, and stop by Maui Specialty Chocolate.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kihei driving holiday planner.

Getting from Volcano to Kihei by combination of bus, flight, and taxi takes about 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Kihei can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kihei

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kapalua, Wailea Beach, Maui Specialty Chocolate, Ho'okipa Beach Park, Napili Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kapalua Beach ©
Kapalua Beach
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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