22 days in New York City, Hawaii & West Coast Itinerary

22 days in New York City, Hawaii & West Coast Itinerary

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New York City
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Hilo, Island of Hawaii
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Lahaina, Maui
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Honolulu, Oahu
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Waimea, Kauai
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San Francisco
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Yosemite National Park
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New York City

— 4 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Bring the kids along to Central Park and Brooklyn Heights Promenade. Step off the beaten path and head to Photography Tours and World Trade Center's Liberty Park. There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, make a trip to 9/11 Memorial, admire the striking features of Rockefeller Center, and appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the New York City trip planner.

Aberdeen, UK to New York City is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Aberdeen to New York City. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Aberdeen in October, with highs in New York City at 24°C and lows at 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Hilo.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Hilo, Island of Hawaii

— 2 nights

America's Wettest City

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 7th (Thu), browse the fresh offerings at Hilo Farmers Market, then identify plant and animal life at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, and then immerse yourself in nature at Akaka Falls State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the exhibits of Mokupapapa Discovery Center, take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, then cruise along Saddle Road, then take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, and finally see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hilo road trip app.

You can fly from New York City to Hilo in 16.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from New York City to Hilo. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in October, with highs in Hilo at 34°C and lows at 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Tours

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 9th (Sat): stroll through Ho'okipa Beach Park, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then take a stroll through Lahaina Front Street, and finally stroll around Lahaina Banyan Court. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: observe the fascinating underwater world at Maui Ocean Center, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Lahaina trip planning website.

Getting from Hilo to Lahaina by flight takes about 4.5 hours. In October in Lahaina, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Swim with Dolphins and Food Tours. Family-friendly places like Koko Crater Railway Trail and USS Arizona Memorial will thrill your kids. Take a break from Honolulu with a short trip to Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie, about 1h 5 min away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Battleship Missouri Memorial, go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and stroll the grounds of National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Honolulu online vacation planner.

Fly from Lahaina to Honolulu in 4 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Waimea.

Things to do in Honolulu

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Waimea, Kauai

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then immerse yourself in nature at Waimea Canyon State Park.

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You can fly from Honolulu to Waimea in 4 hours. October in Waimea sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to San Francisco.

Things to do in Waimea

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island, take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, then take in the pleasant sights at Lombard Street, and finally browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco road trip planning tool.

Fly from Waimea to San Francisco in 9 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Waimea to San Francisco is 2 hours. Traveling from Waimea in October, expect San Francisco to be a bit cooler, temps between 26°C and 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums

Yosemite National Park

— 4 nights
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Glacier Point and El Capitan. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Half Dome and Yosemite, Tunnel View. There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and explore the activities along Tenaya Lake.

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Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Francisco in October: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 22°C, while lows dip to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.