19 days in United States Itinerary

19 days in United States Itinerary

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19 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  21​h
1
Santa Fe
— 1 night
+2
shuttle + Fly + bus:  12​h 30​min
2
Lahaina, Maui
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Honolulu, Oahu
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Poipu, Kauai
— 4 nights
Fly + foot:  15​h 30​min
6
New York City
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney

1
night
Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
On the 20th (Fri), examine the collection at Museum of International Folk Art, take a stroll through Canyon Road, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza, then explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and finally examine the collection at New Mexico History Museum.

To find out how to plan a trip to Santa Fe, use our trip itinerary maker.

Sydney, Australia to Santa Fe is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -17 hour difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Santa Fe hover around 8°C and lows are around -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road
New Mexico History Museum ©
New Mexico History Museum

2
nights
Lahaina, Maui

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.
Get in touch with nature at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Scuba & Snorkeling. Explore hidden gems such as Napili Beach and Lahaina Front Street. There's much more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and make a trip to Lahaina Banyan Court.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Lahaina travel route planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Santa Fe to Lahaina in 12.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Santa Fe in December, with highs in Lahaina at 30°C and lows at 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Kihei
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Scuba & Snorkeling
Zipline

2
nights
Hilo, Island of Hawaii

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, see the interesting displays at Jagger Museum, then admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, then take in nature's colorful creations at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Akaka Falls State Park. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), cruise along Devastation Trail, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hilo tour builder app .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Lahaina to Hilo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December, daytime highs in Hilo are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Jagger Museum, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
Highlights from your plan
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden ©
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

3
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.
USS Arizona Memorial and USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park will appeal to museum buffs. Your inner history buff will appreciate National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific and Battleship Missouri Memorial. Explore Honolulu's surroundings by going to Swim with Dolphins (in Waianae) and Polynesian Cultural Center (in Laie). There's still lots to do: stroll through Koko Crater Railway Trail and contemplate the long history of Iolani Palace.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Honolulu travel planner.

Fly from Hilo to Honolulu in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Poipu.

Things to do in Honolulu

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Polynesian Cultural Center, Swim with Dolphins
Highlights from your plan
Battleship Missouri Memorial ©
Battleship Missouri Memorial
Swim with Dolphins
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial

4
nights
Poipu, Kauai

Poipu ©
Poipū is a census-designated place in Kauai County on the southern side of the island of Kauai in the U.S. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail and Wailua Falls. Take a break from the city and head to Na Pali Coast State Park and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Change things up with these side-trips from Poipu: Waimea Canyon State Park (in Waimea) and Kayaking & Canoeing (in Kapaa). The adventure continues: stroll around Poipu Beach Park and take in the dramatic natural features at Spouting Horn.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Poipu trip itinerary planning website .

Fly from Honolulu to Poipu in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Poipu

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Wailua Falls, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Na Pali Coast State Park, Kayaking & Canoeing, Waimea Canyon State Park
Highlights from your plan
Na Pali Coast State Park ©
Na Pali Coast State Park
Waimea Canyon State Park ©
Waimea Canyon State Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
On the 3rd (Fri), steep yourself in history at 9/11 Memorial, wander the streets of Greenwich Village, then wander the streets of Times Square, then examine the collection at New York Public Library, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Chelsea Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: settle in for a delightful tour with a horse-drawn carriage tour, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and then explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our New York City trip planner.

You can fly from Poipu to New York City in 15.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Hawaii Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 5 hours. Traveling from Poipu in January, expect New York City to be colder, temps between 5°C and -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Neighborhoods 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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