24 days in Hawaii, San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

24 days in Hawaii, San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

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24 days in Hawaii, San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 7 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Lihue, Kauai
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
3
Kihei, Maui
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

7
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Koko Crater Railway Trail and Photography Tours. Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Swim with Dolphins. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honolulu: Banzai Pipeline (in Pupukea), Haleiwa (Skydiving & Stand-Up Paddleboarding) and Ka'ena Point State Park (in Waianae). And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours, don't miss a visit to Byodo-In Temple, kick back and relax at Kailua Beach Park, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Makapuu Lighthouse Trail.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Honolulu trip itinerary builder website .

Amsterdam, Holland to Honolulu is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST) is minus 11 hours. Traveling from Amsterdam in May, expect Honolulu to be much hotter, temps between 34°C and 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lihue.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Ka'ena Point State Park, Kailua Beach Park, Halona Blowhole, Banzai Pipeline
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Shark Diving
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Lihue, Kauai

Lihue ©
Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Take a break from the city and head to Wailua Falls and Opaekaa Falls. Get some cultural insight at Kauai Museum and Tabora Gallery. Go for a jaunt from Lihue to Waimea to see Waimea Canyon State Park about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kalapaki Beach, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, steep yourself in history at Kilohana, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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You can fly from Honolulu to Lihue in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Lihue

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Opaekaa Falls, Waimea Canyon State Park
Highlights from your plan
Kalapaki Beach ©
Kalapaki Beach
Wailua Falls ©
Wailua Falls
Waimea Canyon State Park ©
Waimea Canyon State Park

6
nights
Kihei, Maui

Kihei ©
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Saint Theresa Roman Catholic Church and The Awakening Church. Explore hidden gems such as Pipiwai Trail and Kapalua Coastal Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kihei: Haleakala National Park (Haleakala Crater & Pools at Ohe'o) and Parasailing & Paragliding (in Ka'anapali). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Honolua Bay, kick back and relax at Ho'okipa Beach Park, work some fitness into your day at Wailea Beach Path, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kihei day trip app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Lihue to Kihei in 1.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in May, and nighttime lows around 23°C. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Sun) before leaving for San Francisco.

Things to do in Kihei

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleakala National Park, Wailea Beach Path, Parasailing & Paragliding, Honolua Bay, Ho'okipa Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Kapalua Coastal Trail ©
Kapalua Coastal Trail
Honolua Bay ©
Honolua Bay
Parasailing & Paragliding

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Lands End. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Golden Gate Bridge and Presidio of San Francisco. Step out of San Francisco to go to Mill Valley and see Muir Woods National Monument, which is approximately 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands, see the interesting displays at Walt Disney Family Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Legion of Honor.

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Traveling by flight from Kihei to San Francisco takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Hawaii Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Kihei in May, expect San Francisco to be little chillier, temps between 24°C and 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands

3
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove. Take a break from the city and head to Yosemite, Tunnel View and Yosemite Falls. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, hike along Four Mile Trail, and don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 1°C in Yosemite National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

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