24 days in Nevada, California & Hawaii Itinerary

24 days in Nevada, California & Hawaii Itinerary

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24 days in Nevada, California & Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  4​h 15​min
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Reno
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
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Monterey
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h
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Overton
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
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San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
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Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 30​min
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Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
9
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
10
Lihue, Kauai
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  3​h 30​min
11
Lahaina, Maui
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
12
Honolulu, Oahu
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Seattle

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Reno

Reno ©
A sea of casinos in the high desert of the Sierra Nevadas, Reno capitalizes on gaming and nightlife.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): hike along Bartley Ranch Regional Park and then examine the collection at National Automobile Museum.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Reno road trip website .

Seattle to Reno is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Seattle in December, Reno is little chillier at night with lows of 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Reno

Trails Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Bartley Ranch Regional Park ©
Bartley Ranch Regional Park
National Automobile Museum ©
National Automobile Museum

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, then wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, and finally take a memorable ride with Cable Cars. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, then delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument, and finally don't miss a visit to Lombard Street.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco travel itinerary planner.

Do a combination of bus, flight, and subway from Reno to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Reno in December: highs in San Francisco hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
San Francisco Bay ©
San Francisco Bay

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 16th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Bird Rock Vista Point, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Del Monte Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, then stroll through Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally snap pictures at Bixby Bridge.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey trip builder site .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. December in Monterey sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Overton.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel, Bird Rock Vista Point
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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Overton

Overton ©
Overton is an Unincorporated Town located in Clark County, Nevada. On the 18th (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Mouse's Tank, then take in the dramatic natural features at Fire Wave, and then admire the majestic nature at Valley of Fire State Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Overton day trip planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Monterey to Overton in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Monterey in December; daily highs in Overton reach 57°F and lows reach 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Overton

Nature Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park
Mouse's Tank ©
Mouse's Tank

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Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then try to win big at Wynn Las Vegas, then take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas, and finally enjoy some music at Bellagio Fountains. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through The Strip, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and then examine the collection at The Neon Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip planner .

Traveling by car from Overton to Las Vegas takes 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Las Vegas can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Helicopter Tours
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck ©
Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove and then meet the residents at San Diego Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, then stroll through La Jolla Shores Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Children's Pool.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to San Diego takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Las Vegas in December, with highs in San Diego at 68°F and lows at 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles visit planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park

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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.
On the 24th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then see the interesting displays at Jagger Museum, then admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Akaka Falls State Park. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get impressive views of Kulanaokuaiki Campground.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, refer to the Hilo trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Hilo takes 7.5 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles to Hilo, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Hilo: highs are around 80°F and lows about 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Jagger Museum
Highlights from your plan
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Kulanaokuaiki Campground ©
Kulanaokuaiki Campground

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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.
Visit Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay) for some beach relaxation. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mauna Kea, identify plant and animal life at Kanaloa Octopus Farm, head outdoors with Keauhou Bay Adventures, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kailua-Kona route planning tool .

Traveling by car from Hilo to Kailua-Kona takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Kailua-Kona sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Lihue.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Mauna Kea ©
Mauna Kea
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay) ©
Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)

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Lihue, Kauai

Lihue ©
Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. On the 29th (Sat), experience rural life at Kauai Coffee Company, tour the pleasant surroundings at Poipu Beach Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Spouting Horn, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally look for gifts at Pohaku T's.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Lihue day trip planner .

You can fly from Kailua-Kona to Lihue in 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Lihue are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Lihue

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Poipu, Koloa, Kauai Coffee Company
Highlights from your plan
Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park
Scuba & Snorkeling
Spouting Horn ©
Spouting Horn

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Wailea Beach. Relax by the water at Napili Beach and Honokeana Bay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lahaina: Ho'okipa Beach Park (in Paia) and Kihei (Stand-Up Paddleboarding & Scuba & Snorkeling). There's more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and make a trip to Lahaina Banyan Court.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Lahaina trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Lihue to Lahaina takes 3.5 hours. December in Lahaina sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Ho'okipa Beach Park, Honokeana Bay, Wailea Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Ho'okipa Beach Park ©
Ho'okipa Beach Park
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach
Napili Beach ©
Napili Beach

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Swim with Dolphins and Lanikai Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Kailua Beach Park and Ko Olina Lagoons. There's still lots to do: trek along Koko Crater Railway Trail, steep yourself in history at Iolani Palace, get interesting insight from Tours, and admire the sheer force of Manoa Falls.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Honolulu travel site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Lahaina to Honolulu in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. In January, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kailua, Swim with Dolphins, Ko Olina Lagoons, Lanikai Pillbox Hike
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park
Lanikai Beach ©
Lanikai Beach

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