20 days in New York City, California & Island of Hawaii Itinerary

20 days in New York City, California & Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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New York City
— 4 nights
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San Diego
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
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Hilo
— 3 nights
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Kailua-Kona
— 2 nights
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New York City

— 4 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Central Park, take in panoramic vistas at Top of the Rock, admire the landmark architecture of Grand Central Terminal, and pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read New York City online travel route planner.

Cairo, Egypt to New York City is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. While traveling from Cairo, expect cooler days and a bit cooler nights in New York City, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to San Diego.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

San Diego

— 3 nights

America's Finest City

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
San Diego is known for zoos & aquariums, museums, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, see the interesting displays at San Diego Air & Space Museum, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, and appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Diego day trip planning site.

Getting from New York City to San Diego by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in April; daily highs in San Diego reach 25°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games

Los Angeles

— 2 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): discover the magic at Disneyland Park. Here are some ideas for day two: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, examine the collection at The Getty Center, then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and finally don't miss a visit to Montana Avenue.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles holiday builder tool.

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In April in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to fly to Hilo.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Hilo

— 3 nights

America's Wettest City

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hilo: Jagger Museum (in Volcano) and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail, Kīlauea, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens and admire the majestic nature at Akaka Falls State Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hilo trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Los Angeles to Hilo in 7.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Hilo. In April, Hilo is somewhat warmer than Los Angeles - with highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kailua-Kona

— 2 nights

Heart of the Kona Coast

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Puukohola National Historic Park, then kick back and relax at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, and then tee off at Mauna Lani Resort .

Before you visit Kailua-Kona, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Hilo to Kailua-Kona in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April in Kailua-Kona, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to San Francisco.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, and examine the collection at Exploratorium.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco holiday maker tool.

You can fly from Kailua-Kona to San Francisco in 7 hours. The time zone difference moving from Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kailua-Kona in April: highs in San Francisco hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.

Island of Hawaii travel guide

4.4
Swim with Dolphins · Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches
The Big Island
Aptly nicknamed the "Big Island," the Island of Hawaii features sunny, black-sand beaches on the western side by Kona and a tropical rain forest on the eastern by Hilo. In between, the massive mountain Maunaloa covers half the island, and Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, erupts continuously. Twice as large as all the other Hawaiian Islands combined, this big chunk of land in the Pacific manages to retain a laid-back atmosphere despite its immense popularity with tourists. Instead of spending your entire vacation at one of the island's luxurious tourist resorts, go on tours of this Pacific haven's coffee and macadamia nut plantations and working ranches, or explore its nature reserves and rugged trails.