27 days in Hawaii, Nevada & California Itinerary

27 days in Hawaii, Nevada & California Itinerary

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27 days in Hawaii, Nevada & California Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Lahaina, Maui
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Hanalei, Kauai
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Koloa, Kauai
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h
7
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive + bus:  8​h
9
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
10
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Seattle

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Koko Crater Railway Trail and Iolani Palace. Explore Honolulu's surroundings by going to Byodo-In Temple (in Kaneohe) and Kailua (Lanikai Beach & Kailua Beach Park). There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of USS Arizona Memorial, hike along Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument, and see the interesting displays at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Honolulu travel route site .

Seattle to Honolulu is an approximately 8-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Seattle to Honolulu due to the time zone 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 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kailua, Byodo-In Temple
Highlights from your plan
Koko Crater Railway Trail ©
Koko Crater Railway Trail
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail ©
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Lahaina Banyan Court and Napili Beach. Step out of Lahaina with an excursion to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Kihei--about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at Maui Ocean Center, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sand and surf at Ka'anapali Beach, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lahaina Harbor.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Lahaina trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Honolulu to Lahaina by combination of flight and bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in December, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Maui Ocean Center
Highlights from your plan
Maui Ocean Center ©
Maui Ocean Center
Kapalua Coastal Trail ©
Kapalua Coastal Trail
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mauna Kea, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stop by The Original Donkey Ball Store, and experience rural life at Hula Daddy Kona Coffee.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kailua-Kona trip maker site .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Lahaina to Kailua-Kona in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. In December in Kailua-Kona, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

The Original Donkey Ball Store, Hula Daddy Kona Coffee
Highlights from your plan
Mauna Kea ©
Mauna Kea
Hula Daddy Kona Coffee ©
Hula Daddy Kona Coffee

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 22nd (Sat), hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, examine the collection at Jagger Museum, then get impressive views of Kīlauea, then take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, and finally admire the majestic nature at Akaka Falls State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): pick up some local products at Hilo Farmers Market, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, and finally head off the coast to Coconut Island.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hilo holiday planner .

You can drive from Kailua-Kona to Hilo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Hilo when traveling from Kailua-Kona in December, with lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hanalei.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Jagger Museum
Highlights from your plan
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Kīlauea ©
Kīlauea

2
nights
Hanalei, Kauai

Hanalei ©
Hanalei is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): hike along Kalalau Trail, then admire the majestic nature at Na Pali Coast State Park, and then trek along Hanakapi`ai Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: immerse yourself in nature at Koke`e State Park, get great views at Pu'u o Kila Lookout, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanalei Beach.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Hanalei using our trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Hilo to Hanalei takes 3.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Hanalei can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Koloa.

Things to do in Hanalei

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kauai, Koke`e State Park, Na Pali Coast State Park
Highlights from your plan
Na Pali Coast State Park ©
Na Pali Coast State Park
Hanalei Beach ©
Hanalei Beach
Hanakapi`ai Trail ©
Hanakapi`ai Trail

3
nights
Koloa, Kauai

Koloa ©
Kōloa is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lydgate State Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kalapaki Beach, and then trek along Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Allerton Garden, then take in the dramatic natural features at Spouting Horn, then kick back and relax at Shipwreck Beach, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Koloa Rum Company.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Koloa driving holiday website .

Traveling by car from Hanalei to Koloa takes 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 67°F. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Koloa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Poipu, Lihue, Lydgate State Park
Highlights from your plan
Lydgate State Park ©
Lydgate State Park
Allerton Garden ©
Allerton Garden
Shipwreck Beach ©
Shipwreck Beach

3
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Valley of Fire State Park and Titanic. Take a break from Las Vegas with a short trip to Hoover Dam in Boulder City, about 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, examine the collection at The Neon Museum, shop like a local with The Strip, and have fun at Battlefield Vegas.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Las Vegas trip builder website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Koloa to Las Vegas takes 10 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Koloa to Las Vegas. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Koloa in December, with highs in Las Vegas at 57°F and lows at 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Valley of Fire State Park, Hoover Dam
Highlights from your plan
Battlefield Vegas ©
Battlefield Vegas
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, and finally get great views at Dante's View. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Salt Creek Interpretive Trail, then steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Death Valley National Park when traveling from Las Vegas in January, with lows around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): fly down the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in January, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 44°F by day to 13°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
Highlights from your plan
Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski Area

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step off the beaten path and head to Monterey Bay and Castello di Amorosa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and Moone Tsai Winery (in St. Helena). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, get curious at California Academy of Sciences, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip builder website .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Monterey Bay, Muir Woods National Monument, Castello di Amorosa, Moone Tsai Winery
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
San Francisco Bay ©
San Francisco Bay

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