20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

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20 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  24​h
1
Key West
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Marathon
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  17​h 15​min
3
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 15​min
4
Lahaina, Maui
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Honolulu, Oahu
— 4 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Johannesburg

2
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Waterskiing & Jetskiing and The Overseas Highway. Museum-lovers will appreciate Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum and Key West Firehouse Museum. There's lots more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Collections Key West, get a taste of the local shopping with Key West Pottery, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and contemplate the long history of Truman Little White House.

To find ratings and more tourist information, you can read our Key West day trip planning app .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Key West is an approximately 24-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train, flight, taxi, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Key West. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Johannesburg in December since evenings lows in Key West dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Marathon.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

3
nights
Marathon

Marathon ©
A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dolphin Research Center and Crane Point Museum & Nature Center. You'll get in some beach time at Sombrero Beach and Bahia Honda State Park. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Marathon Garden Club and get outside with Gemini Dream Charters.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Marathon trip website .

You can take a bus from Key West to Marathon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Bahia Honda State Park
Highlights from your plan
The Turtle Hospital ©
The Turtle Hospital
Dolphin Research Center ©
Dolphin Research Center
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park

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.
Appreciate the collections at Jagger Museum and Isaacs Art Center Museum and Gallery. Bring the kids along to Rainbow Falls and Akaka Falls State Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) & Kilauea Iki Trailhead), Laupahoehoe Beach Park (in Laupahoehoe) and Kailua-Kona (Mauna Kea & Saddle Road). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens and take in the exciting artwork at Banyan Gallery.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hilo trip maker app .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Marathon to Hilo takes 17.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Marathon to Hilo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Marathon in December, Hilo is a bit cooler at night with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Laupahoehoe Beach Park, Isaacs Art Center Museum and Gallery, Jagger Museum
Highlights from your plan
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Mauna Kea ©
Mauna Kea

4
nights
Lahaina, Maui

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Maui On Metal and Maui Hands. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Kahekili Beach Park and Napili Beach. Explore Lahaina's surroundings by going to Kihei (Kalepolepo Beach Park & Scuba & Snorkeling), Ho'okipa Beach Park (in Paia) and Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, don't miss a visit to Lahaina Banyan Court, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Lahaina trip planning website .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Hilo to Lahaina in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Kihei, Haleakala Crater, Ho'okipa Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Napili Beach ©
Napili Beach
Ho'okipa Beach Park ©
Ho'okipa Beach Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Makapuu Lighthouse Trail and Opana Radar Site. Get outdoors at Lanikai Beach and Swim with Dolphins. Take a break from Honolulu with a short trip to Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie, about 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, see the interesting displays at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, step aboard Battleship Missouri Memorial, and take an in-depth tour of Iolani Palace.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Honolulu holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Lahaina to Honolulu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. December in Honolulu sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Lanikai Beach, Polynesian Cultural Center, Swim with Dolphins, Opana Radar Site
Highlights from your plan
USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park ©
USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park
Swim with Dolphins
Lanikai Beach ©
Lanikai Beach

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