15 days in Anchorage & Hawaii Itinerary

15 days in Anchorage & Hawaii Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Anchorage
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  8 h
2
Kihei, Maui
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 15 min
3
Lihue, Kauai
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
4
Honolulu, Oahu
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  13 h 45 min
End: New York City

4
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.
Anchorage is known for wildlife, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Alaska Native Heritage Center, get engrossed in the history at Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, explore the striking landscape at Beluga Point, and look for all kinds of wild species at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Anchorage visit planner.

New York City to Anchorage is an approximately 14- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time, which is usually a -4 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from New York City in August: high temperatures in Anchorage hover around 66°F and lows are around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Seward Hwy
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Alaska Zoo ©
Alaska Zoo
Alaska Native Heritage Center ©
Alaska Native Heritage Center
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center ©
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center

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.
Explore Kihei's surroundings by going to Leilani Farm Sanctuary (in Haiku), Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park) and Lahaina Banyan Court (in Lahaina). There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Hana Highway - Road to Hana, observe the fascinating underwater world at Maui Ocean Center, immerse yourself in nature at Iao Valley, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Awakening Church.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kihei trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Anchorage to Kihei in 8 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Anchorage to Kihei. When traveling from Anchorage in August, plan for much warmer days in Kihei, with highs around 90°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Lihue.

Things to do in Kihei

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Wailuku, Leilani Farm Sanctuary, Haleakala Crater, Lahaina Banyan Court, Hana Highway - Road to Hana
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Maui Ocean Center ©
Maui Ocean Center
Hana Highway - Road to Hana ©
Hana Highway - Road to Hana
Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater

2
nights
Lihue, Kauai

Lihue ©
Lihue or LÄ«hue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): tee off at Poipu Bay Resort Golf Course, then take in the dramatic natural features at Spouting Horn, then kick back and relax at Poipu Beach Park, and finally stroll through Kalapaki Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanalei Beach, and then kick back and relax at Tunnels Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Lihue itinerary site.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Kihei to Lihue in 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lihue

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Poipu, Kayaking & Canoeing, Tunnels Beach, Poipu Bay Resort Golf Course, Hanalei Beach
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Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park
Tunnels Beach ©
Tunnels Beach
Hanalei Beach ©
Hanalei Beach

5
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.
Take a break from Honolulu with a short trip to Kailua Beach Park in Kailua, about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument, contemplate the long history of Battleship Missouri Memorial, see the interesting displays at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, and get great views at Puu Ualakaa State Park.

Before you visit Honolulu, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Fly from Lihue to Honolulu in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in August, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Kailua
Highlights from your plan
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial

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