26 days in Hawaii, Los Angeles & New York City Itinerary

26 days in Hawaii, Los Angeles & New York City Itinerary

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26 days in Hawaii, Los Angeles & New York City Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
2
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h
3
New York City
— 11 nights
bus + Fly:  26​h
End: Melbourne

5
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.
For shopping fun, head to Ala Moana Center or Shimazu Shave ice. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Lanikai Beach and Kapiolani Regional Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Honolulu: Byodo-In Temple (in Kaneohe) and Ko Olina Lagoons (in Kapolei). Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at USS Arizona Memorial, get some fabulous bargains at Waikele Premium Outlets, see the interesting displays at Bishop Museum, and browse the different shops at Ward Village.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Honolulu trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Honolulu is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Honolulu, you'll gain 20 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in May, expect Honolulu to be warmer, temps between 34°C and 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Byodo-In Temple, Lanikai Beach, Ko Olina Lagoons, Waikele Premium Outlets
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Lanikai Beach ©
Lanikai Beach
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Kapiolani Regional Park ©
Kapiolani Regional Park

5
nights
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Crystal Cove. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Carpinteria State Beach and Wilson Creek Winery. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Disneyland Park (in Anaheim), Camarillo Premium Outlets (in Camarillo) and Peltzer Winery (in Temecula). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, take a stroll through Angelino Heights Historic Area, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles road trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Los Angeles takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and tram. Traveling from Honolulu to Los Angeles, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Honolulu in May, with highs in Los Angeles at 28°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Temecula, Santa Monica Pier, Carpinteria State Beach, Disneyland Park, Camarillo Premium Outlets
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Camarillo Premium Outlets ©
Camarillo Premium Outlets

11
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
For shopping fun, head to Fifth Avenue or DM Weil Gallery. Do some cultural sightseeing at Times Square and Coffee Pot Cellars Tasting Room. You'll find plenty of places to visit near New York City: Ponquogue Beach (in Hampton Bays), Fire Island National Seashore (in Patchogue) and The Original Ben Franklin 5 & 10 Store (in Lavallette). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Bashakill Vineyards, get some fabulous bargains at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, take in the waterfront at Sea Girt Beach and Boardwalk, and sample the fine beverages at Catskill Distilling Company.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our New York City trip planner .

You can fly from Los Angeles to New York City in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Los Angeles to New York City due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in New York City, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Brook hollow winery, Coffee Pot Cellars Tasting Room, Bashakill Vineyards, Golden Fish Gallery, Shinnecock East County Park
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DM Weil Gallery ©
DM Weil Gallery
Woodbury Common Premium Outlets ©
Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
Times Square ©
Times Square

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