22 days in Honolulu & West Coast Itinerary

22 days in Honolulu & West Coast Itinerary

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22 days in Honolulu & West Coast Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
2
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
3
Anaheim
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Palm Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Adelaide

5
nights
Honolulu, Oahu

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Bring the kids along to USS Arizona Memorial and Kailua Beach Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay) and Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea). Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument, explore the activities along Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, steep yourself in history at Iolani Palace, and take a tour of Battleship Missouri Memorial.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Honolulu travel planner.

Adelaide, Australia to Honolulu is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia) to Hawaii Standard Time is minus 19 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Honolulu when traveling from Adelaide in December, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kailua Beach Park, Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument

4
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 Universal Studios Hollywood and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, immerse yourself in nature at Topanga State Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planner .

Fly from Honolulu to Los Angeles in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Hawaii Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Honolulu in January, things will get little chillier in Los Angeles: highs are around 24°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Anaheim.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

2
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Disneyland Park, Fantasmic! and Knott's Berry Farm. On the 6th (Mon), get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park and then experience the excitement of Fantasmic!. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Knott's Berry Farm.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Anaheim holiday builder tool .

Anaheim is just a short distance from Los Angeles. In January, daytime highs in Anaheim are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Knott's Berry Farm
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Fantasmic! ©
Fantasmic!
Knott's Berry Farm ©
Knott's Berry Farm

2
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. On the 8th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Palm Springs Air Museum, admire nature's extreme beauty at Coachella Valley Preserve, then get to know the resident critters at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, and finally stroll around Michael S Wolfson Park. On the next day, take in breathtaking views at Tahquitz Canyon, explore the ancient world of Indian Canyons, shop like a local with VillageFest, then admire the masterpieces at Palm Springs Art Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Motif.

To see more things to do and tourist information, read our Palm Springs online holiday builder .

Getting from Anaheim to Palm Springs by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in January, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, Michael S Wolfson Park
Highlights from your plan
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Tahquitz Canyon ©
Tahquitz Canyon
The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens ©

3
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
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.
Attractions like San Diego Zoo and Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography make great kid-friendly stops. Spend the 10th (Fri) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. There's more to do: let little ones run wild at Balboa Park and kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Diego day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Anaheim to San Diego in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Alcatraz Island. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Big Basin Redwoods State Park and Half Moon Bay State Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Santa Cruz (Mystery Spot & Natural Bridges State Beach), Shark Fin Cove (in Davenport) and San Jose City Hall (in San Jose). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Stanford University, and pause for some serene contemplation at Stanford Memorial Church.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Francisco day trip website .

You can fly from San Diego to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in January, things will get slightly colder in San Francisco: highs are around 17°C and lows about 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Seattle.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Palo Alto, Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay State Beach, San Jose City Hall, Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
San Francisco Bay ©
San Francisco Bay
Big Basin Redwoods State Park ©
Big Basin Redwoods State Park

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