17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  13​h
1
Hilo
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Puako
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  3​h 45​min
4
Lahaina
— 2 nights
bus + Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Hana
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Honolulu
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Sydney

4
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.
Let the collections at Imiloa Astronomy Center and Mokupapapa Discovery Center capture your imagination. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Laupahoehoe Beach Park and Richardson Beach Park. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, examine the collection at Pacific Tsunami Museum, and contemplate the waterfront views at Onomea Bay.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hilo day trip tool .

Sydney, Australia to Hilo is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll gain 20 hours traveling from Sydney to Hilo due to the time zone difference. In April, Hilo is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Hilo

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Onomea Bay, Hawaii Plantation Museum, Laupahoehoe Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Laupahoehoe Beach Park ©
Laupahoehoe Beach Park
Liliuokalani Gardens ©
Liliuokalani Gardens
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls

2
nights
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park ©
Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Papakōlea Green Sand Beach and Punalu‘U Beach. Popular historic sites such as Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs and Ka Lae Light are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, take in the natural beauty of Steam Vents, explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), and see the interesting displays at Jagger Museum.

Make your Hawaii Volcanoes National Park itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Hilo to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In April, daily temperatures in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Puako.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Naalehu, Punalu‘U Beach, Steam Vents, Jagger Museum
Highlights from your plan
Devastation Trail ©
Devastation Trail
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach ©
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach

1
night
Puako

Puako ©
Puako is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. On the 19th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve, then admire the majestic nature at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, then explore and take pictures at Puukohola National Historic Park, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Isaacs Art Center Museum and Gallery.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Puako trip planner.

Getting from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Puako by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in April, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Puako

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Puukohola National Historic Park, Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve, Isaacs Art Center Museum and Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Puukohola National Historic Park ©
Puukohola National Historic Park

2
nights
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.
On the 20th (Mon), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ka'anapali Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Theresa Roman Catholic Church, examine the collection at Whalers Village Museum, then wander the streets of Lahaina Front Street, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Maria Lanakila Catholic Church.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Lahaina trip builder app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Puako to Lahaina in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In April in Lahaina, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Hana.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Saint Theresa Roman Catholic Church
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Maria Lanakila Catholic Church ©
Maria Lanakila Catholic Church

2
nights
Hana

Hana
Hana is one of the most isolated communities in Hawaii, with a permanent population of just over 1,000 people.
On the 22nd (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Hana Coast Gallery, then kick back and relax at Red Sand Beach (Kaihalulu Beach), then stroll the grounds of Charles Lindbergh's Grave, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Pools at Ohe'o. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Hana Cultural Center, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kahanu Garden, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Wananalua Congregational Church, and finally get impressive views of Haleakala Crater.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hana trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and car from Lahaina to Hana takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In April in Hana, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Hana

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Haleakala National Park, Charles Lindbergh's Grave
Highlights from your plan
Red Sand Beach (Kaihalulu Beach)
Red Sand Beach (Kaihalulu Beach)
Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Hana Coast Gallery ©
Hana Coast Gallery

3
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.
On the 24th (Fri), make a trip to Battleship Missouri Memorial, stroll the grounds of USS Arizona Memorial, and then hike along Diamond Head State Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): kick back and relax at Waikiki Beach and then explore the activities along Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Honolulu journey planning website .

Traveling by flight from Hana to Honolulu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In April in Honolulu, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument

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