15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

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15 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  29​h
1
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  12​h 15​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  13​h 15​min
6
Key West
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  6​h
7
New York City
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Dubai

1
night
Hilo, Island of Hawaii

Hilo ©
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.
On the 11th (Tue), immerse yourself in nature at Akaka Falls State Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Laupahoehoe Beach Park, then hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, and finally explore and take pictures at Devastation Trail. On your second day here, learn more about the world around you at Mokupapapa Discovery Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Richardson Beach Park, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hilo trip itinerary website .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Hilo is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time is minus 14 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Laupahoehoe Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Devastation Trail ©
Devastation Trail
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park

2
nights
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

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 13th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Kanaloa Octopus Farm, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Michael the Archangel Church. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona route app .

Traveling by car from Hilo to Kailua-Kona takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Kailua-Kona, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
day
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, then explore and take pictures at Alcatraz Island, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco day trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and subway from Kailua-Kona to San Francisco in 8.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Kailua-Kona to San Francisco, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Kailua-Kona in December, with highs in San Francisco at 17°C and lows at 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

1
night
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park holiday app .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles

2
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.
Spend the 17th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 18th (Tue), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point, take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, and appreciate the history behind Powell Point.

Plan trip to Grand Canyon National Park with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 12.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Duval Street, then examine the collection at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, and finally stroll the grounds of Key West Cemetery. On the next day, admire the majestic nature at Fort Zachary Taylor, then contemplate the long history of Truman Little White House, then look for gifts at Isle Cook Key West, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Mallory Square.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Key West travel route planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Key West in 13.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 2 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December; daily highs in Key West reach 30°C and lows reach 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Key West

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©
Truman Little White House ©
Truman Little White House

1
night
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): make a trip to Central Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and then take a stroll through Times Square.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the New York City trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Key West to New York City takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Key West in December, with highs in New York City at 10°C and lows at 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Times Square ©
Times Square
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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