17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Austin
Fly + Bus:  12​h 30​min
1
Lahaina
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Honolulu
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Lihue
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Kailua-Kona
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Hilo
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Austin

4
nights
Lahaina

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lahaina: Iao Valley (in Wailuku), Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park) and Ho'okipa Beach Park (in Paia). There's lots more to do: cruise along Hana Highway - Road to Hana, contemplate the geological forces at Molokini Crater, pause for some serene contemplation at Sacred Hearts Mission Church, and kick back and relax at Ka'anapali Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lahaina journey builder tool .

Austin to Lahaina is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -4 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Austin in November; daily highs in Lahaina reach 81°F and lows reach 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Maui, Wailuku, Ho'okipa Beach Park, Haleakala Crater, Sacred Hearts Mission Church
Highlights from your plan
Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Hana Highway - Road to Hana ©
Hana Highway - Road to Hana
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
nights
Honolulu

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 find plenty of places to visit near Honolulu: Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua) and Haleiwa (Waimea Bay & Sunset Beach Park). And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of USS Arizona Memorial, look for all kinds of wild species at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, take a tour of Battleship Missouri Memorial, and see the interesting displays at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Honolulu day trip site .

Fly from Lahaina to Honolulu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lihue.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Lihue

Lihue ©
Lihue or LÄ«hue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Explore Lihue's surroundings by going to Waimea Canyon State Park (in Waimea), Na Pali Coast State Park (in Wainiha) and Hanalei (Hanalei Valley Lookout & Hanalei Beach). There's lots more to do: stroll through Poipu Beach Park, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and take in the dramatic scenery at Opaekaa Falls.

Plan my day in Lihue using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Honolulu to Lihue by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Lihue can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Lihue

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Hanalei, Kapaa, Waimea Canyon State Park, Poipu Beach Park, Opaekaa Falls
Highlights from your plan
Na Pali Coast State Park ©
Na Pali Coast State Park
Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park
Helicopter Tours

1
night
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 12th (Thu), explore the galleries of Kona Coffee Living History Farm, stroll through Kahaluu Beach, look for gifts at 2nd Wave Beach and Boat, then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mokuaikaua Church.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kailua-Kona vacation planner.

Getting from Lihue to Kailua-Kona by flight takes about 2.5 hours. December in Kailua-Kona sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 70°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Kona Coffee Living History Farm, Kahaluu Beach
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Kahaluu Beach ©
Kahaluu Beach
Kona Coffee Living History Farm ©
Kona Coffee Living History Farm

3
nights
Hilo

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 13th (Fri), immerse yourself in nature at Akaka Falls State Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail, and finally examine the collection at Jagger Museum. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Kalapana, then take in nature's colorful creations at Akatsuka Orchid Gardens, then look for all kinds of wild species at Devastation Trail, and finally get outside with Keanakakoi Crater Overlook.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hilo trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Kailua-Kona to Hilo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Hilo, with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail ©
Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail

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