26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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26 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
Fly + Drive:  27​h
1
Lahaina, Maui
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Hanalei, Kauai
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
3
Juneau
— 1 night
+2
Ferry + Drive + Fly:  11​h 15​min
4
Page
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 45​min
5
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  7​h 15​min
6
Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  6​h 15​min
7
Key West
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  6​h 15​min
8
New York City
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Istanbul, Turkey

2
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Lahaina Banyan Court and Wailea Beach. Kids will appreciate attractions like Maui Ocean Center and Ka'anapali Beach. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Napili Beach, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and stroll through Baby Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Lahaina vacation planning app .

Istanbul, Turkey to Lahaina is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Hawaii Standard Time is minus 13 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in September, expect nights in Lahaina to be about the same, around 27°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 35°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Hanalei.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Baby Beach, Sprecklesville Area, Maui Ocean Center, Wailea Beach
Highlights from your plan
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Maui Ocean Center ©
Maui Ocean Center
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach

3
nights
Hanalei, Kauai

Hanalei ©
Hanalei is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. Explore hidden gems such as Dolphin & Whale Watching and Hanalei Beach. Family-friendly places like Poipu Beach Park and Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hanalei: Spouting Horn (in Poipu) and Helicopter Tours (in Lihue). There's more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Na Pali Coast State Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hanalei day trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Lahaina to Hanalei takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi. In September, daily temperatures in Hanalei can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Hanalei

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Poipu, Helicopter Tours, Na Pali Coast State Park
Highlights from your plan
Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park
Hanalei Beach ©
Hanalei Beach
Spouting Horn ©
Spouting Horn

1
night
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): delve into the lush surroundings at Treadwell Historic Mine Trail and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the next day, meet the residents at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery and then take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Juneau trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Hanalei to Juneau takes 12.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Hanalei to Juneau. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Hanalei in September; daily highs in Juneau reach 16°C and lows reach 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Page.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ©
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery ©
DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Page

Originally little more than a simple camp constructed to house workers who built a nearby dam on the Colorado River, Page is now a popular stop for travelers preparing a trip to Arizona's canyon country.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then explore the stunning scenery at Lower Antelope Canyon, then take in breathtaking views at Antelope Canyon, and finally explore the striking landscape at Horseshoe Bend. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Page trip itinerary site .

You can fly from Juneau to Page in 11.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Juneau to Page due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Juneau, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Page, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Page

Tours Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Lower Antelope Canyon ©
Lower Antelope Canyon
Antelope Canyon ©
Antelope Canyon

2
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Family-friendly places like Reptile Gardens and Storybook Island will thrill your kids. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Custer State Park and Windcross Conservancy. Get out of town with these interesting Rapid City side-trips: Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone), Wind Cave National Park (in Wind Cave National Park) and Crazy Horse Memorial (in Crazy Horse). There's lots more to do: engage your brain at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, get your game on at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, and identify plant and animal life at Angostura Recreation Area.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Rapid City trip site .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Page to Rapid City takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Page in September; daily highs in Rapid City reach 28°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Hot Springs, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park, Windcross Conservancy
Highlights from your plan
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Storybook Island ©
Storybook Island

2
nights
Gatlinburg

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster and The Island in Pigeon Forge. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Zipline and Titanic Museum Attraction. Take a break from Gatlinburg with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Hartford, about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Parrot Mountain & Gardens, meet the residents at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Gatlinburg travel route builder tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Rapid City to Gatlinburg in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Rapid City to Gatlinburg is 2 hours. In September, Gatlinburg is somewhat warmer than Rapid City - with highs of 33°C and lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Key West.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Pigeon Forge, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Parrot Mountain & Gardens ©
Parrot Mountain & Gardens
Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster ©
Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Fort Zachary Taylor, take an in-depth tour of Truman Little White House, then make a trip to Southernmost Point, and finally identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then cruise along The Overseas Highway.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Key West vacation website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Gatlinburg to Key West takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gatlinburg in October, you will find days in Key West are somewhat warmer (35°C), and nights are much hotter (29°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Fort Zachary Taylor ©
Fort Zachary Taylor
Dolphin & Whale Watching

5
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Central Park and Statue of Liberty National Monument. Explore New York City's surroundings by going to Bronx Zoo (in Bronx) and Cupsogue Beach County Park (in Westhampton Beach). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, admire the striking features of Grand Central Terminal, and appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, use the New York City trip builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Key West to New York City takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Key West in October, expect nights in New York City to be cooler, around 16°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Bronx Zoo, Cupsogue Beach County Park
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Bronx Zoo ©
Bronx Zoo

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