17 days in Hawaii & Washington DC Itinerary

17 days in Hawaii & Washington DC Itinerary

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17 days in Hawaii & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly + Drive:  39​h
1
Volcano, Island of Hawaii
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Kihei, Maui
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h
3
Princeville, Kauai
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h
4
Honolulu, Oahu
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + subway:  13​h
5
Washington DC
— 6 nights
+2
subway + bus + Fly:  25​h
End: Cape Town

1
night
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 13th (Sun): hike along Sulphur Banks, hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, and then cruise along Chain of Craters Rd.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Volcano tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Naalehu to Volcano in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Naalehu in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Volcano: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Volcano

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Chain of Craters Rd
Highlights from your plan
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Sulphur Banks ©
Sulphur Banks

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Maui Nui Golf Club. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): play a few rounds at Maui Nui Golf Club, then kick back and relax at Ho'okipa Beach Park, then experience rural life at Maui Tropical Plantation, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Wailea Beach Path. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kalepolepo Beach Park and then kick back and relax at Kamaole Beach Park III.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kihei visit planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Volcano to Kihei takes 3 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Hanalei.

Things to do in Kihei

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Wailea Beach Path, Ho'okipa Beach Park, Maui Tropical Plantation
Highlights from your plan
Ho'okipa Beach Park ©
Ho'okipa Beach Park
Wailea Beach Path ©
Wailea Beach Path
Kamaole Beach Park III ©
Kamaole Beach Park III

3
nights
Princeville, Kauai

Princeville ©
Princeville is a 9,000acre, upscale, unincorporated, master-planned community of vacation homes and condos on the north shore of the island of Kauai in Kauai County, Hawaii. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Princeville Makai Golf Club. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): stop by Kong Lung Trading. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church, enjoy the sand and surf at Puu Poa Beach, and then tee off at Princeville Makai Golf Club.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kihei to Princeville in 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Princeville can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Princeville

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trips

Kilauea, Christ Memorial Episcopal Church
Highlights from your plan
Puu Poa Beach ©
Puu Poa Beach
Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge ©
Princeville Makai Golf Club ©
Princeville Makai Golf Club

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.
Hawaii Kai Golf Course has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): tee off at Hawaii Kai Golf Course. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Queen Liliuokalani Statue, explore the different monuments and memorials at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, kick back and relax at Waikiki Beach, trek along Koko Crater Railway Trail, then admire the verdant scenery at Nuuanu Pali Lookout, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Byodo-In Temple.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Honolulu online road trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Princeville to Honolulu in 3 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Honolulu can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trips

Byodo-In Temple, Nu’uanu Pali
Highlights from your plan
Koko Crater Railway Trail ©
Koko Crater Railway Trail
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach

6
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Skyline Drive and Antietam National Battlefield. Get some historical perspective at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site. Explore Washington DC's surroundings by going to Fort McHenry National Monument (in Baltimore) and Gettysburg (Gettysburg National Military Park & Shriver House Museum). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Tomb of the Unknowns, appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, explore the different monuments and memorials at Arlington National Cemetery, and see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Washington DC day trip site .

Do a combination of flight, bus, and subway from Honolulu to Washington DC in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Honolulu to Washington DC is 5 hours. When traveling from Honolulu in October, plan for slightly colder days in Washington DC, with highs around 25°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Gettysburg, Arlington, Fort McHenry National Monument, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Antietam National Battlefield
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
Antietam National Battlefield ©
Antietam National Battlefield
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park ©

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