18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Hilo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Kailua-Kona
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Poipu
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Hanalei
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h
5
Honolulu
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
6
Houston
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  6​h 45​min
End: New York City

2
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 4th (Thu), get a taste of the local shopping with Extreme Exposure Fine Art Gallery. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Hilo Coffee Mill, shop like a local with Volcano Garden Arts, trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), and finally see the interesting displays at Jagger Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hilo trip planner .

New York City to Hilo is an approximately 15-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Hilo is minus 5 hours. July in Hilo sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 71°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Volcano, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Hilo Coffee Mill
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Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)
Kīlauea ©
Kīlauea

3
nights
Kailua-Kona

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay) and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park. Step out of the city life by going to Fishing Charters & Tours and Kealakekua Bay. Go for a jaunt from Kailua-Kona to Puako to see Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, look for gifts at Kona Joe Coffee, and admire all the interesting features of Greenwell Farms.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona trip builder .

Traveling by car from Hilo to Kailua-Kona takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Kailua-Kona, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 76°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Poipu.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Kealakekua, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Kealakekua Bay, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Kealakekua Bay ©
Kealakekua Bay
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©

3
nights
Poipu

Poipu ©
Poipū is a census-designated place in Kauai County on the southern side of the island of Kauai in the U.S. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kalapaki Beach and Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail. We've included these beaches for you: Polihale State Park and Shipwreck Beach. Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the exciting artwork at Seductions of Kauai Gallery, stop by Talk Story Bookstore, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Poipu trip maker .

Fly from Kailua-Kona to Poipu in 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Poipu can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hanalei.

Things to do in Poipu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lihue, Scuba & Snorkeling, Polihale State Park, Kauai Coffee Company, Talk Story Bookstore
Highlights from your plan
Shipwreck Beach ©
Shipwreck Beach
Kalapaki Beach ©
Kalapaki Beach
Kauai Coffee Company ©
Kauai Coffee Company

4
nights
Hanalei

Hanalei ©
Hanalei is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Pali Ke Kua Beach (Hideaway s Beach) and Queen's Bath. You'll get in some beach time at Anini Beach and Hanalei Beach. There's still lots to do: hike along Kalalau Trail, enjoy the sea views from Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, identify plant and animal life at Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Hanalei road trip website .

Traveling by car from Poipu to Hanalei takes 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Hanalei are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Hanalei

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kauai, Princeville, Na Pali Coast State Park, Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Kalalau Trail ©
Kalalau Trail
Na Pali Coast State Park ©
Na Pali Coast State Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Honolulu

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific and Byodo-In Temple will appeal to history buffs. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. Take a break from Honolulu with a short trip to Lanikai Beach in Kailua, about 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Waikiki Beach, explore and take pictures at Nuuanu Pali Lookout, hike along Koko Crater Railway Trail, and examine the collection at Bishop Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Honolulu trip builder app .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Hanalei to Honolulu in 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in Honolulu are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Houston.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Nu’uanu Pali, Lanikai Beach, Byodo-In Temple
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Lanikai Beach ©
Lanikai Beach
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach

1
night
Houston

Houston ©
Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of Printing History, and then have some family-friendly fun at Escape Hunt. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Water Wall and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Houston Zoo.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Houston trip itinerary website .

You can fly from Honolulu to Houston in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Honolulu to Houston is 4 hours. Traveling from Honolulu in July, you will find days in Houston are somewhat warmer (95°F), and nights are about the same (77°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston ©
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Escape Hunt ©
Escape Hunt
Houston Zoo ©
Houston Zoo