22 days in Los Angeles, Hawaii & San Francisco Itinerary

22 days in Los Angeles, Hawaii & San Francisco Itinerary

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22 days in Los Angeles, Hawaii & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
2
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  3​h 15​min
3
Lahaina, Maui
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Honolulu, Oahu
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Poipu, Kauai
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
6
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: London

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and South Carlsbad State Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mission San Juan Capistrano and Griffith Observatory. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Crystal Cove (in Laguna Beach), Newport Beach (in Newport Beach) and Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach). The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Battleship USS Iowa Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, and explore the world behind art at The Broad.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles online tour itinerary planner .

London, UK to Los Angeles is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 34°C and lows about 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

South Carlsbad State Beach, Santa Monica State Beach, Mission San Juan Capistrano, Newport Beach, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
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Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove
Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilauea Iki Trailhead, see the interesting displays at Jagger Museum, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and finally admire the majestic nature at Akaka Falls State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Laupahoehoe Beach Park, take in the pleasant sights at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, then take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, then explore and take pictures at Saddle Road, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hilo trip planner .

You can fly from Los Angeles to Hilo in 7.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Hilo. In September, daily temperatures in Hilo can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Kilauea Iki Trailhead, Jagger Museum, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Laupahoehoe Beach Park, Saddle Road
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Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden ©
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park

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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Zipline. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lahaina Front Street and Ho'okipa Beach Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lahaina: Helicopter Tours (in Kahului), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Kihei) and Wailea Beach (in Wailea). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Kapalua Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Napili Beach, and don't miss a visit to Lahaina Banyan Court.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Lahaina road trip tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Hilo to Lahaina in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. In September, daily temperatures in Lahaina can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Ho'okipa Beach Park, Wailea Beach, Helicopter Tours, Kapalua Beach
Highlights from your plan
Ho'okipa Beach Park ©
Ho'okipa Beach Park
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach
Kapalua Beach ©
Kapalua Beach

4
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.
Visit Waikiki Beach and Lanikai Beach for some beach relaxation. Get some cultural insight at Iolani Palace and Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honolulu: Byodo-In Temple (in Kaneohe), Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua) and Shark Diving (in Haleiwa). Next up on the itinerary: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and examine the collection at US Army Museum of Hawaii.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Honolulu vacation site .

Traveling by flight from Lahaina to Honolulu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In September, daytime highs in Honolulu are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Poipu.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Kailua, Swim with Dolphins, Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument, Shark Diving, Byodo-In Temple
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
Swim with Dolphins
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park

2
nights
Poipu, Kauai

Poipu ©
Poipū is a census-designated place in Kauai County on the southern side of the island of Kauai in the U.S. On the 1st (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Kauai Museum, take in the dramatic scenery at Wailua Falls, and then stroll through Shipwreck Beach. On the next day, experience rural life at Kauai Coffee Company, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then kick back and relax at Poipu Beach Park.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Poipu trip planner .

Getting from Honolulu to Poipu by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In September in Poipu, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Poipu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lihue, Scuba & Snorkeling, Kauai Coffee Company
Highlights from your plan
Wailua Falls ©
Wailua Falls
Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alcatraz Island and Crocker Art Museum. Appreciate the collections at Walt Disney Family Museum and California State Railroad Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Wine Tours & Tastings (in Healdsburg), VJB Cellars (in Kenwood) and Charles M. Schulz Museum (in Santa Rosa). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, take a tour of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs, and see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip site .

You can fly from Poipu to San Francisco in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Hawaii Standard Time (HST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is 2 hours. Traveling from Poipu in October, expect San Francisco to be slightly colder, temps between 26°C and 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Sacramento, Muir Woods National Monument, VJB Cellars, Wine Tours & Tastings, Charles M. Schulz Museum
Highlights from your plan
Walt Disney Family Museum ©
Walt Disney Family Museum
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

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