20 days in Yosemite National Park, Los Angeles & Hawaii Itinerary

20 days in Yosemite National Park, Los Angeles & Hawaii Itinerary

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20 days in Yosemite National Park, Los Angeles & Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Drive:  20​h 30​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  8​h 15​min
3
Haleiwa, Oahu
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Volcano, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Kihei, Maui
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h
6
Hanalei, Kauai
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Melbourne

2
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
On the 27th (Fri), make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, and then hike along May Lake Trailhead.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park attractions planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, subway, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Melbourne to Yosemite National Park. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Melbourne in December, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 9°C and lows at -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

2
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kids will enjoy Disneyland Park and Santa Monica Pier. Escape the urban bustle at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Disney California Adventure Park, which is approximately 38 minutes away.

Discover how to plan a Los Angeles trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in December; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 24°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Haleiwa.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

2
nights
Haleiwa, Oahu

Haleiwa is a North Shore community and census-designated place (CDP) in the Waialua District of the island of Oahu, City and County of Honolulu. Step off the beaten path and head to Banzai Pipeline and Keawaula (Yokohama Beach). Get outdoors at Skydiving and Pupukea Beach Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Haleiwa: Ko'Olina Beach Park (in Kapolei) and Waianae (Swim with Dolphins & Ka'ena Point State Park). There's more to do: kick back and relax at Ehukai Beach Park and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Haleiwa itinerary app .

Explore your travel options from Los Angeles to Haleiwa with the Route module. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Los Angeles in January since evenings lows in Haleiwa dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Volcano.

Things to do in Haleiwa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Waianae, Pupukea, Keawaula (Yokohama Beach), Ko'Olina Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Skydiving
Banzai Pipeline ©
Banzai Pipeline
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

3
nights
Volcano, Island of Hawaii

Volcano ©
Those who named Volcano opted for simplicity in choosing a title, taking the nearby fire-spewing Kilauea as a source of inspiration.
Escape the urban bustle at Kīlauea and Holei Sea Arch. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Liliuokalani Gardens and Richardson Beach Park. Get out of town with these interesting Volcano side-trips: Lava Viewing Area (in Kalapana) and Hilo (Akaka Falls State Park & Rainbow Falls). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Keanakakoi Crater Overlook, cruise along Banyan Drive, get a taste of the local shopping with Volcano Art Center, and look for all kinds of wild species at Devastation Trail.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Volcano road trip planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Haleiwa to Volcano. Traveling from Haleiwa in January, you will find days in Volcano are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Volcano

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hilo, Lava Viewing Area, Banyan Drive
Highlights from your plan
Kīlauea ©
Kīlauea
Holei Sea Arch ©
Holei Sea Arch
Richardson Beach Park ©
Richardson Beach Park

4
nights
Kihei, Maui

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.
Bring the kids along to Wailea Beach Path and Kamaole Beach Park III. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ulua Beach and Parasailing & Paragliding. Venture out of the city with trips to Lahaina (River Rafting & Tubing, Dolphin & Whale Watching, & more). And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Ho'okipa Beach Park, and stroll through Kamaole Beach Park II.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kihei route planner.

You can fly from Volcano to Kihei in 3 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Kihei can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hanalei.

Things to do in Kihei

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Lahaina, Wailea, Scuba & Snorkeling, Parasailing & Paragliding, Ho'okipa Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Parasailing & Paragliding
Kamaole Beach Park II ©
Kamaole Beach Park II

4
nights
Hanalei, Kauai

Hanalei ©
Hanalei is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Hanalei Beach and Na Pali Coast State Park. Visiting Queen's Bath and Koke`e State Park will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Hanalei to Waimea to see Koke'e Mountains about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: hike along Kalalau Trail, take in nature's colorful creations at Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens, stroll through Pihea Trail, and kick back and relax at Secret Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hanalei trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kihei to Hanalei in 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Hanalei can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hanalei

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kauai, Kekaha, Queen's Bath, Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens, Na Pali Coast State Park
Highlights from your plan
Na Pali Coast State Park ©
Na Pali Coast State Park
Hanalei Beach ©
Hanalei Beach
Koke`e State Park ©
Koke`e State Park

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