16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  27​h
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Lahaina, Maui
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
3
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
4
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
5
Key West
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  6​h
6
New York City
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): see the interesting displays at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, then contemplate the long history of Battleship Missouri Memorial, then explore the different monuments and memorials at USS Arizona Memorial, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Iolani Palace, then contemplate the waterfront views at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Lanikai Beach.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Honolulu road trip tool .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Honolulu is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time, which is usually a -12 hour difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, Honolulu is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Lanikai Beach
Highlights from your plan
Battleship Missouri Memorial ©
Battleship Missouri Memorial
Lanikai Beach ©
Lanikai Beach
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail ©
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail

3
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.
Relax by the water at Kapalua Beach and Napili Beach. Visiting Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Ho'okipa Beach Park will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lahaina: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Kihei) and Wailea Beach (in Wailea). There's much more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, make a trip to Lahaina Banyan Court, wander the streets of Lahaina Front Street, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Lahaina trip builder .

Fly from Honolulu to Lahaina in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. In December, daytime highs in Lahaina are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Ho'okipa Beach Park, Kapalua Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling, Wailea Beach
Highlights from your plan
Ho'okipa Beach Park ©
Ho'okipa Beach Park
Zipline
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 25th (Fri), step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, then contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, then don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, then examine the collection at Exploratorium, and finally take a stroll through Union Square.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco planner .

You can fly from Lahaina to San Francisco in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from Hawaii Standard Time (HST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is 2 hours. When traveling from Lahaina in December, plan for little chillier days in San Francisco, with highs around 17°C, while nights are colder with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

2
nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
On the 27th (Sun), take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, and then ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio. On your second day here, try to win big at Wynn Las Vegas, examine the collection at Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas, take an in-depth tour of Titanic, have fun at Gun Garage, then examine the collection at The Neon Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Las Vegas holiday planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Las Vegas by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Francisco in December since evenings lows in Las Vegas dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum
The Strip ©
The Strip

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 29th (Tue): take a memorable drive along The Overseas Highway, then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then contemplate the long history of Truman Little White House, and finally contemplate the long history of Fort Zachary Taylor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): cast your line with a fishing tour, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Key West Cemetery, and finally learn about all things military at U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Key West trip itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Las Vegas to Key West in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Las Vegas to Key West, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Las Vegas in December; daily highs in Key West reach 30°C and lows reach 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Truman Little White House ©
Truman Little White House
Fort Zachary Taylor ©
Fort Zachary Taylor
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Popular historic sites such as 9/11 Memorial and Ellis Island are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, examine the collection at New York Public Library, explore the galleries of Rose Center for Earth and Space, and learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the New York City trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Key West to New York City in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Key West in December, things will get colder in New York City: highs are around 10°C and lows about 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
New York Public Library ©
New York Public Library

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