23 days in United States Itinerary

23 days in United States Itinerary

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23 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  31​h
1
Lahaina, Maui
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
3
Santa Fe
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Moab
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Jackson Hole
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
7
Custer
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  11​h 15​min
8
Hilton Head
— 1 night
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
9
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  28​h
End: Johannesburg

1
night
Lahaina, 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.
On the 11th (Sun), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lahaina United Methodist Church, don't miss a visit to Lahaina Banyan Court, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Lahaina travel app .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Lahaina is an approximately 31-hour flight. Traveling from Johannesburg to Lahaina, you'll gain 12 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in August, you will find days in Lahaina are somewhat warmer (35°C), and nights are much warmer (27°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Zipline

2
nights
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

Kailua-Kona ©
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 13th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Kanaloa Octopus Farm, then immerse yourself in nature at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, and then stroll through Kahaluu Beach. Keep things going the next day: get interesting insight from Tours and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kailua-Kona trip planner.

Fly from Lahaina to Kailua-Kona in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Kahaluu Beach
Highlights from your plan
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Fishing Charters & Tours
Kanaloa Octopus Farm ©
Kanaloa Octopus Farm

1
night
Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
On the 15th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, then take in the spiritual surroundings of San Miguel Chapel, then get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, and finally hike along Canyon Trail.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Kailua-Kona to Santa Fe by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Kailua-Kona to Santa Fe. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be cooler in Santa Fe, with lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Moab.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Cochiti Pueblo
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Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

1
night
Moab

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
On the 17th (Sat), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then immerse yourself in nature at Dead Horse Point State Park. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get interesting insight from Tours.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Moab travel route builder site .

Getting from Santa Fe to Moab by combination of flight and car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Traveling from Santa Fe in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Moab: highs are around 39°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Dead Horse Point State Park ©
Dead Horse Point State Park

1
night
Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole ©
The Jackson Hole valley is approximately 97 km (60 mi) long and 24 km (15 mi) wide, encompassing the town of Jackson, Teton Village, and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park.
On the 19th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Grand Teton. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Teton Raptor Center, don't miss a visit to Town Square, then identify plant and animal life at Laurance Rockefeller Preserve, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Blacktail Ponds Overlook.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Jackson Hole travel route planning tool .

Getting from Moab to Jackson Hole by combination of car and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Moab in August, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Jackson Hole: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Grand Teton National Park
Highlights from your plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Laurance Rockefeller Preserve ©
Laurance Rockefeller Preserve
Teton Raptor Center ©
Teton Raptor Center

2
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, then hike along Artist Point, and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin, take in the natural beauty of Midway Geyser Basin, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Gibbon Falls.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park trip builder tool .

You can drive from Jackson Hole to Yellowstone National Park in 2 hours. Traveling from Jackson Hole in August, expect Yellowstone National Park to be little chillier, temps between 24°C and 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Custer.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Artist Point ©
Artist Point
Upper Geyser Basin ©
Upper Geyser Basin
Midway Geyser Basin ©
Midway Geyser Basin

1
night
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, then admire all the interesting features of Wildlife Loop Road, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wind Cave National Park, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Rankin Ridge Nature Trail. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, trek along Presidential Trail, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Custer trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and taxi from Yellowstone National Park to Custer takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, with highs in Custer at 29°C and lows at 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hilton Head.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Wind Cave National Park, Keystone
Highlights from your plan
Wildlife Loop Road ©
Wildlife Loop Road
Wind Cave National Park ©
Wind Cave National Park
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

1
night
Hilton Head

Hilton Head ©
A Hilton Head vacation may be heaven for a golfer, but the area also offers all kinds of other options for sports fans.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): trek along Hilton Head Island Bike Trails, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then kick back and relax at Coligny Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get interesting insight from Tours, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

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You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Custer to Hilton Head in 11.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Custer to Hilton Head. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Custer in August: highs in Hilton Head hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bar Harbor.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Hilton Head Island Bike Trails ©
Hilton Head Island Bike Trails
Fishing Charters & Tours
Speed Boats Tours

4
nights
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island

Bar Harbor ©
Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Acadia National Park and Wonderland Trail. Escape the urban bustle at Park Loop Road and Nature & Wildlife Tours. When in Bar Harbor, make a side trip to see Charlotte Rhoades Garden and Butterfly Park in Southwest Harbor, approximately 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Shore Path, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cadillac Mountain, enjoy the sand and surf at Little Hunters Beach, and enjoy the sea views from Egg Rock Light.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Bar Harbor planning website .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Hilton Head to Bar Harbor in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Hilton Head in August, with highs in Bar Harbor at 28°C and lows at 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Acadia National Park, Southwest Harbor, Indian Point Blagden Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Shore Path ©
Shore Path
Cadillac Mountain ©
Cadillac Mountain
Park Loop Road ©
Park Loop Road

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