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:  12​h 45​min
1
Kihei, Maui
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Honolulu, Oahu
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
4
Santa Fe
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 45​min
5
Key West
— 4 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Sydney

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.
Get in touch with nature at Ho'okipa Beach Park and Dolphin & Whale Watching. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Po'olenalena Beach and Kalepolepo Beach Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kihei: Lahaina (Lahaina Banyan Court, Lahaina Front Street, & more). The adventure continues: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and observe the fascinating underwater world at Maui Ocean Center.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kihei day trip planning site .

Sydney, Australia to Kihei is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Hawaii Standard Time is minus 20 hours. Traveling from Sydney in May, expect Kihei to be somewhat warmer, temps between 35°C and 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Kihei

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Lahaina, Ho'okipa Beach Park, Po'olenalena Beach, Maui Ocean Center
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Ho'okipa Beach Park ©
Ho'okipa Beach Park
Po'olenalena Beach ©
Po'olenalena Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Attractions like Makapuu Lighthouse Trail and Polynesian Cultural Center make great kid-friendly stops. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park and Sunset Beach Park. There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of USS Arizona Memorial, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, contemplate the long history of Iolani Palace, and step aboard Battleship Missouri Memorial.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Honolulu vacation planner .

You can fly from Kihei to Honolulu in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. In May in Honolulu, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Honolulu

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Sunset Beach Park, Polynesian Cultural Center
Highlights from your plan
USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park ©
USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail ©
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail

4
nights
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

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.
Attractions like Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and Akaka Falls State Park make great kid-friendly stops. Get in touch with nature at Fishing Charters & Tours and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kailua-Kona: Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako), Waialea Beach (in Waimea) and Hilo (Helicopter Tours & Rainbow Falls). There's still lots to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, get engrossed in the history at Kona Coffee Living History Farm, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kanaloa Octopus Farm.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona itinerary app .

Fly from Honolulu to Kailua-Kona in 4 hours. In May in Kailua-Kona, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Hilo, Waialea Beach, Kona Coffee Living History Farm, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
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Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Fishing Charters & Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, steep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza, then see the interesting displays at New Mexico History Museum, then explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Andrew Smith Gallery, Inc.. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, then examine the collection at Museum of International Folk Art, then contemplate the long history of Loretto Chapel, and finally take a stroll through Barrio de Analco.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Santa Fe online trip itinerary builder .

Fly from Kailua-Kona to Santa Fe in 12.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Kailua-Kona to Santa Fe is 3 hours. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Santa Fe, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road
Santa Fe Plaza ©
Santa Fe Plaza

4
nights
Key West

Key West ©
Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
Explore hidden gems such as Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. Get a sense of the local culture at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and 7 Artists & Friends. Spend the 4th (Tue) exploring nature at Dry Tortugas National Park. There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, explore and take pictures at The Overseas Highway, and brush up on your military savvy at U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Key West visit planner.

Getting from Santa Fe to Key West by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Plan for much hotter nights when traveling from Santa Fe in June since evenings lows in Key West dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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