26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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26 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  13​h
1
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Lahaina, Maui
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Honolulu, Oahu
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  13​h 45​min
4
New York City
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  5​h
5
Savannah
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
St. Augustine, Florida
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Key West
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
8
New Orleans
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
9
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h
End: Sydney

1
night
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 (Fri), admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and finally see the interesting displays at Jagger Museum. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, view the masterpieces at Banyan Gallery, look for gifts at Hilo Coffee Mill, then take in the exciting artwork at 2400 Fahrenheit Art Glass, then view the masterpieces at Volcano Garden Arts, and finally trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hilo online driving holiday planner .

Sydney, Australia to Hilo is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -20 hour difference. December in Hilo sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Volcano, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Hilo Coffee Mill, Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Highlights from your plan
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Jagger Museum ©
Jagger Museum
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden ©
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

3
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lahaina Front Street and Kahekili Beach Park. You'll explore and learn at Kai Pua Artist Studio and Maui On Metal. Change things up with these side-trips from Lahaina: Wailea Beach (in Wailea) and Helicopter Tours (in Kahului). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Lahaina Banyan Court, tour the pleasant surroundings at Napili Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Sacred Hearts Mission Church, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Lahaina online road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Hilo to Lahaina takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December, daytime highs in Lahaina are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Helicopter Tours, Wailea Beach, Sacred Hearts Mission Church
Highlights from your plan
Lahaina Front Street ©
Lahaina Front Street
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach
Napili Beach ©
Napili Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): contemplate the long history of Iolani Palace, examine the collection at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, then don't miss a visit to Battleship Missouri Memorial, and finally stroll the grounds of USS Arizona Memorial. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Lanikai Beach and then stroll through Makapuu Lighthouse Trail.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Honolulu online visit planner .

Getting from Lahaina to Honolulu by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December in Honolulu, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Honolulu

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Lanikai Beach
Highlights from your plan
Battleship Missouri Memorial ©
Battleship Missouri Memorial
Iolani Palace ©
Iolani Palace
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial. Museum-lovers will get to explore American Museum of Natural History and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Central Park, contemplate the long history of Ellis Island, admire the landmark architecture of Empire State Building, and wander the streets of Times Square.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the New York City day trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Honolulu to New York City in 14 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Honolulu to New York City is 5 hours. Traveling from Honolulu in December, things will get colder in New York City: highs are around 10°C and lows about 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Savannah.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

3
nights
Savannah

Savannah ©
Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bonaventure Cemetery and Coligny Beach. Visit Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum and Fort Pulaski National Monument for their historical value. Step out of Savannah to go to Hilton Head and see Spas & Wellness, which is approximately 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take an unorthodox tour of Olde Pink House, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mickve Israel Temple, take in the exciting artwork at Tiffani Taylor Gallery, and steep yourself in history at Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Savannah trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to Savannah in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In December, Savannah is a bit warmer than New York City - with highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to St. Augustine.

Things to do in Savannah

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Tybee Island, Hilton Head
Highlights from your plan
Bonaventure Cemetery ©
Bonaventure Cemetery
Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum
Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum
Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters ©

2
nights
St. Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine ©
SAINT AUGUSTINE | PONTE VEDRA on Florida's Historic Coast The Nation's oldest city (est. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Memorial Presbyterian Church, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at St. Augustine Distillery, then enjoy the sand and surf at St. Augustine Beach, and finally visit a coastal fixture at St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, Inc.. On your second day here, explore and take pictures at Flagler College, get engrossed in the history at Medieval Torture Collection, see the interesting displays at The Lightner Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, and finally see the interesting displays at St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum.

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Traveling by car from Savannah to St. Augustine takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Savannah in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 15°C in St. Augustine. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Key West.

Things to do in St. Augustine

Museums Historic Sites Beaches
Highlights from your plan

2
nights
Key West

Key West ©
Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
Head to Alan S. Maltz Gallery and Isle Cook Key Westfor plenty of shopping. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Truman Little White House and Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum. There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Fort Zachary Taylor, examine the collection at Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Key West Cemetery, and look for all kinds of wild species at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Key West trip planner .

Getting from St. Augustine to Key West by combination of car and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from St. Augustine in January; daily highs in Key West reach 28°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Fort Zachary Taylor ©
Fort Zachary Taylor
Truman Little White House ©
Truman Little White House
The Overseas Highway ©
The Overseas Highway

1
night
New Orleans

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Louis Cathedral, then make a trip to Jackson Square, then see the interesting displays at Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at The National WWII Museum, then wander the streets of Royal Street, and then make a trip to French Quarter.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the New Orleans driving holiday site .

Getting from Key West to New Orleans by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Key West in January, expect New Orleans to be little chillier, temps between 17°C and 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Garden District ©
Garden District
Royal Street ©
Royal Street
St. Louis Cathedral ©
St. Louis Cathedral

2
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Canyon Road and Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. Head to Tesuque Glass Works and Rainbow Manfor plenty of shopping. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, view the masterpieces at Monroe Gallery, wander the streets of Barrio de Analco, and steep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Santa Fe travel planner.

Getting from New Orleans to Santa Fe by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from New Orleans in January: highs in Santa Fe hover around 7°C, while lows dip to -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel

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