25 days in Hawaii & California Itinerary

25 days in Hawaii & California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour itinerary maker

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

25 days in Hawaii & California Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Lahaina, Maui
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
5
Lihue, Kauai
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
7
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Monterey
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
9
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Palm Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
11
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Seattle


Learn more about your trip

2
nights
Honolulu, Oahu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
On the 12th (Wed), trek along Koko Crater Railway Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Iolani Palace, examine the collection at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, then explore the different monuments and memorials at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, then admire the sheer force of Manoa Falls, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Honolulu holiday planner.

Seattle to Honolulu is an approximately 8-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Seattle in December, things will get warmer in Honolulu: highs are around 82°F and lows about 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Byodo-In Temple, Lanikai Beach
Highlights from your plan
Koko Crater Railway Trail ©
Koko Crater Railway Trail
Byodo-In Temple ©
Byodo-In Temple
Food Tours

3
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lahaina Banyan Court and Napili Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Lahaina: Kihei (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Scuba & Snorkeling), Helicopter Tours (in Kahului) and Ho'okipa Beach Park (in Paia). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Lahaina Front Street, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, look for gifts at Vintage European Posters, and meet the residents at Maui Ocean Center.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Lahaina online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Honolulu to Lahaina in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. December in Lahaina sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Kihei, Helicopter Tours, Maui Ocean Center, Ho'okipa Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Ho'okipa Beach Park ©
Ho'okipa Beach Park
Vintage European Posters ©
Vintage European Posters

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.
On the 18th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Leleiwi Park, then explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), then stroll through Kilauea Iki Trailhead, and finally examine the collection at Jagger Museum. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, see the interesting displays at Hawaii Plantation Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, and finally admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hilo journey planning website .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Lahaina to Hilo in 4 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Papaikou, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Jagger Museum
Highlights from your plan
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls
Liliuokalani Gardens ©
Liliuokalani Gardens
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)

3
nights
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Mauna Kea. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kailua-Kona: Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau) and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako). There's lots more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take a memorable drive along Saddle Road, view the masterpieces at Kona Henna, and look for gifts at The Original Donkey Ball Store.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kailua-Kona vacation app .

You can drive from Hilo to Kailua-Kona in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December in Kailua-Kona, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Lihue.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Kealakekua, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Greenwell Farms ©
Greenwell Farms
Keauhou Bay Adventures ©
Keauhou Bay Adventures

2
nights
Lihue, Kauai

Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. On the 23rd (Sun), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Spouting Horn, then enjoy the sand and surf at Poipu Beach Park, then relax in the rural setting at Kauai Coffee Company, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Tabora Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Wailua Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lydgate State Park, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

Before you visit Lihue, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Fly from Kailua-Kona to Lihue in 2.5 hours. In December in Lihue, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Lihue

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Poipu, Scuba & Snorkeling, Kayaking & Canoeing, Lydgate State Park, Kauai Coffee Company
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Wailua Falls ©
Wailua Falls
Kauai Coffee Company ©
Kauai Coffee Company

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 25th (Tue), explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Muir Woods National Monument, then enjoy breathtaking views from Coit Tower, and finally make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, get curious at California Academy of Sciences, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Marin Headlands.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco driving holiday planner .

Do a combination of flight and subway from Lihue to San Francisco in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Lihue to San Francisco. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Lihue in December: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 59°F and lows are around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Marin Headlands, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
San Francisco Bay ©
San Francisco Bay
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Glacier Point and Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center. Explore Yosemite National Park's surroundings by going to June Mountain (in June Lake) and Dodge Ridge (in Pinecrest). And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

You can plan Yosemite National Park trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. While traveling from San Francisco, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 46°F to lows of 14°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Dodge Ridge, Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center, June Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point
Dodge Ridge ©
Dodge Ridge

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 30th (Sun), kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then make a trip to Cannery Row. On the 31st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and then admire the natural beauty at Hawthorne Gallery.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Monterey takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Carmel, Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Hawthorne Gallery ©
Hawthorne Gallery

1
night
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 1st (Tue): appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, stroll through Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, then explore and take pictures at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, and finally take in the views from Coronado Bridge.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the San Diego vacation planner.

Fly from Monterey to San Diego in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Monterey in December, expect San Diego to be somewhat warmer, temps between 68°F and 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Coronado Bridge ©
Coronado Bridge
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

2
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. On the 2nd (Wed), admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, then get lost in a book at The City of Rancho Mirage Public Library, then browse the exhibits of Palm Springs Air Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Tennis Club District. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the stunning scenery at Indian Canyons, then look for gifts at Brandini Toffee, then explore the world behind art at Palm Springs Art Museum, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Palm Springs trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Palm Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. January in Palm Springs sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Tours

Side Trips

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, The City of Rancho Mirage Public Library
Highlights from your plan
The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens ©
The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
Brandini Toffee ©
Brandini Toffee
Tennis Club District ©
Tennis Club District

2
nights
Santa Barbara

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, wander the streets of State Street, then steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, then do a tasting at Jaffurs Wine Cellars, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Santa Barbara visit planner.

You can drive from Palm Springs to Santa Barbara in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Palm Springs in January, with highs in Santa Barbara at 66°F and lows at 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Jaffurs Wine Cellars ©
Jaffurs Wine Cellars
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

Similar Plans

27 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 29 days in California BY A USER FROM INDIA December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 29 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 29 days in California BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA June, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 29 days in California BY A USER FROM GERMANY March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 29 days in California BY A USER FROM ISRAEL April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 60 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: September, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced 28 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 23 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES July, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 28 days in Arizona, Hawaii & Los Angeles BY A USER FROM ISRAEL September, teens, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: September, teens, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 26 days in California & Las Vegas BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, teens, outdoors, beaches, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, teens, outdoors, beaches, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 27 days in United States BY A USER FROM ITALY June, teens, kids, culture, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids, culture, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans