21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

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21 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Lihue, Kauai
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
2
Kihei, Maui
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
5
New York City
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Denver
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h
8
Honolulu, Oahu
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Sydney


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1
night
Lihue, Kauai

Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. On the 13th (Fri), add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then stroll around Lydgate State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Spouting Horn, enjoy the sand and surf at Poipu Beach Park, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Lihue visit planning app .

Sydney, Australia to Lihue is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Lihue, you'll gain 20 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Lihue

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Poipu, Lydgate State Park, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park
Spouting Horn ©
Spouting Horn

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then stroll through Ho'okipa Beach Park, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Lahaina Banyan Court, then take a stroll through Lahaina Front Street, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kihei day trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Lihue to Kihei takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In December in Kihei, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Kihei

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Lahaina, Ho'okipa Beach Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Zipline
Ho'okipa Beach Park ©
Ho'okipa Beach Park

1
night
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.
On the 17th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, take a memorable drive along Saddle Road, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and finally admire the majestic nature at Akaka Falls State Park.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hilo travel route website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kihei to Hilo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. December in Hilo sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Hilo

Tours Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trip

Saddle Road
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Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Saddle Road
Saddle Road
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Getty Center and The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Mission San Juan Capistrano. When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Old Town Temecula in Temecula, approximately 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach and wander the streets of Angelino Heights Historic Area.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles road trip app .

Traveling by flight from Hilo to Los Angeles takes 7.5 hours. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Hilo to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Hilo in December, expect Los Angeles to be little chillier, temps between 24°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Monica State Beach, Old Town Temecula, Mission San Juan Capistrano, The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Old Town Temecula ©
Old Town Temecula

3
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Greenwich Village and New York Public Library. Change things up with a short trip to Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park (about 1h 50 min away). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Central Park, take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and take a stroll through Times Square.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read New York City trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to New York City takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to New York City is 3 hours. Expect colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in December: highs in New York City hover around 10°C, while lows dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Times Square ©
Times Square

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take a stroll through The Magnificent Mile, explore the landscape on two wheels at Lakefront Trail, and then test your team's savvy at The Escape Game Chicago. On the next day, ponder the design of Buckingham Fountain, get to know the fascinating history of Chicago Riverwalk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Michigan, and finally explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Chicago online tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to Chicago in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from New York City in December, expect Chicago to be little chillier, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lake Michigan
Highlights from your plan
The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile
Lakefront Trail ©
Lakefront Trail
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago

3
nights
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Step out of the city life by going to Copper Mountain and Maison de Ski. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Denver Art Museum. When in Denver, make a side trip to see Spas in Estes Park, approximately 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Denver trip builder website .

Getting from Chicago to Denver by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Chicago to Denver, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Denver, with lows of -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Copper Mountain, Maison de Ski, Spas
Highlights from your plan
Copper Mountain ©
Copper Mountain
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Spas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): explore the galleries of Iolani Palace, take a stroll around Polynesian Cultural Center, and then appreciate the history behind Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Battleship Missouri Memorial and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Honolulu trip builder site .

Fly from Denver to Honolulu in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Denver in December; daily highs in Honolulu reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Tours Shopping

Side Trips

Swim with Dolphins, Polynesian Cultural Center, Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument
Highlights from your plan
Polynesian Cultural Center ©
Polynesian Cultural Center
Swim with Dolphins
Koko Crater Railway Trail ©
Koko Crater Railway Trail

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