21 days in Hawaii, Memphis & Los Angeles Itinerary

21 days in Hawaii, Memphis & Los Angeles Itinerary

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Honolulu, Oahu
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Lahaina, Maui
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Lanai City, Lanai
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Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
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Memphis
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Los Angeles
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Honolulu, Oahu

— 4 nights

Big Pineapple

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Do some cultural sightseeing at USS Arizona Memorial and Battleship Missouri Memorial. Visit Waikiki Beach and Kailua Beach Park for some beach relaxation. Step out of Honolulu to go to Kailua and see Lanikai Beach, which is approximately 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: browse the different shops at Ala Moana Center, stroll through Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument, and examine the collection at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Honolulu trip app.

Sydney, Australia to Honolulu is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll gain 20 hours traveling from Sydney to Honolulu due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Sydney in August, with highs in Honolulu at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Lahaina.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lahaina, Maui

— 2 nights

Crown Jewel of 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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Lahaina Printsellers, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ka'anapali Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Hana Coast Gallery, meet the residents at Maui Ocean Center, then stroll around Lahaina Banyan Court, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Maui Hands.

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Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Lahaina takes 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Lahaina can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Lanai City.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

Lanai City, Lanai

— 2 nights
Lanai City is a census-designated place (CDP) on the island of Lanai, in Maui County, Hawaii, United States. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): stop by The Local Gentry, then view the masterpieces at Mike Carroll Gallery, and then explore the ancient world of Keomuku. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: shop like a local with Lanai Art Center, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lanai Cat Sanctuary, and then kick back and relax at Hulopoe Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lanai City trip maker site.

Explore your travel options from Lahaina to Lanai City with the Route module. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Lahaina in August since evenings lows in Lanai City dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Lanai City

Shopping · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mokuaikaua Church, then get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Alii Gardens Marketplace, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kahaluu Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kanaloa Octopus Farm, stop by Waikoloa Beach Resort, and then immerse yourself in nature at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona online trip maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lanai City to Kailua-Kona. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Kailua-Kona when traveling from Lanai City in August, with lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Memphis.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Memphis

— 3 nights

Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll

The largest city on the Mississippi River, Memphis bills itself as both the "Birthplace of Rock" and "Home of the Blues." With such a rich musical heritage, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Elvis Presley chose to live in Memphis during his later years.
Graceland and S.Y. Wilson and Company are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Kids will appreciate attractions like National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel and Sun Studio. Step out of Memphis with an excursion to Covington's Historic Square in Covington--about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art, appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street, steep yourself in history at The Peabody Ducks, and get a new perspective on nature at Ducks Unlimited Waterfowling Heritage Center.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Memphis visit planner.

Fly from Kailua-Kona to Memphis in 12.5 hours. Traveling from Kailua-Kona to Memphis, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can fly to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 5 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.
Family-friendly places like Disneyland Park and Annenberg Community Beach House will thrill your kids. For shopping fun, head to Montana Avenue or Rodeo Drive. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! (in Anaheim) and Santa Monica (Bergamot Station, Third Street Promenade, &more). And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Memphis to Los Angeles takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Memphis to Los Angeles, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Memphis in August, things will get little chillier in Los Angeles: highs are around 34°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping · Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hawaii travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Zipline
The Aloha State
An archipelago of hundreds of volcanic islands located in a geological hot spot in the middle of Pacific, Hawaii offers diverse natural scenery and a warm tropical climate. The six major islands open to tourism draw visitors with their sun-drenched public beaches and craggy natural trails. Thanks to their mid-Pacific location, the islands boast a vibrant native culture influenced by both North America and Asia. You can spend your vacation basking in the modern comforts of the big hotels, but to experience the true spirit of these islands, remember that real Hawaiians live outdoors. Encounter nature by surfing, swimming, fishing, and picnicking, or join a guided tour across the ancient lava flows to the top of Hawaii's rugged volcanic peaks.