15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

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15 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  26​h
1
Key West
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Marathon
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  16​h 30​min
3
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
4
Lahaina, Maui
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Honolulu, Oahu
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Poipu, Kauai
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Auckland

2
nights
Key West

Key West ©
Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at Key West Cemetery. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the majestic nature at Fort Zachary Taylor, then contemplate the long history of Truman Little White House, then explore the galleries of Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Key West trip itinerary builder site .

Auckland, New Zealand to Key West is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Key West is minus 17 hours. When traveling from Auckland in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Key West: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Marathon.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Fort Zachary Taylor ©
Fort Zachary Taylor
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©

1
night
Marathon

Marathon ©
A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
On the 10th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Dolphin Research Center, stroll through Sombrero Beach, then identify plant and animal life at The Turtle Hospital, and finally see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Marathon online tour planner .

You can take a bus from Key West to Marathon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. January in Marathon sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Marathon

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin Research Center ©
Dolphin Research Center
The Turtle Hospital ©
The Turtle Hospital
Fishing Charters & Tours

1
night
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

Kailua-Kona ©
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.
On the 11th (Sat), kick back and relax at Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay), stroll through Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, and then don't miss a visit to Saddle Road. Keep things going the next day: admire all the interesting features of Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona planning site .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Marathon to Kailua-Kona in 16.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. In January, daytime highs in Kailua-Kona are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay) ©
Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area

2
nights
Lahaina, Maui

Lahaina ©
Once the booming capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, the tropical paradise of Lahaina still remains one of Maui's top vacation attractions, providing both culture and recreation.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take a stroll through Lahaina Front Street, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then kick back and relax at Wailea Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): make a trip to Lahaina Banyan Court, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally kick back and relax at Napili Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Lahaina tour planner.

Fly from Kailua-Kona to Lahaina in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Wailea Beach
Highlights from your plan
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach
Napili Beach ©
Napili Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
You'll explore and learn at Lanikai Beach and USS Arizona Memorial. Visiting Diamond Head State Monument and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honolulu: Polynesian Cultural Center (in Laie) and Waimea Valley (in Haleiwa). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, appreciate the history behind King Kamehameha Statue, explore the different monuments and memorials at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, and contemplate the long history of Battleship Missouri Memorial.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Honolulu journey maker .

Traveling by flight from Lahaina to Honolulu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In January, daily temperatures in Honolulu can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Poipu.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lanikai Beach, Polynesian Cultural Center, Waimea Valley
Highlights from your plan
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Lanikai Beach ©
Lanikai Beach
USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park ©
USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park

3
nights
Poipu, Kauai

Poipu ©
Poipū is a census-designated place in Kauai County on the southern side of the island of Kauai in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Wailua Falls, take in breathtaking views at Waimea Canyon State Park, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, admire the majestic nature at Na Pali Coast State Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Spouting Horn.

Plan a Poipu trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Getting from Honolulu to Poipu by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Poipu

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Wailua Falls, Kayaking & Canoeing, Na Pali Coast State Park, Waimea Canyon State Park
Highlights from your plan
Na Pali Coast State Park ©
Na Pali Coast State Park
Wailua Falls ©
Wailua Falls
Waimea Canyon State Park ©
Waimea Canyon State Park

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