28 days in United States Itinerary

28 days in United States Itinerary

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28 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Hokitika
Fly:  22​h
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
3
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
6
Custer
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 15​min
7
Branson
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  9​h
8
Hilton Head
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
9
Savannah
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
10
Nashville
— 2 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Hokitika

2
nights
Honolulu, Oahu

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Get some historical perspective at Makapuu Lighthouse Trail and National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Iolani Palace and Battleship Missouri Memorial are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Honolulu side-trips: Swim with Dolphins (in Waianae) and Shark Diving (in Haleiwa). It doesn't end there: hike along Koko Crater Railway Trail and see the interesting displays at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Honolulu trip maker site .

Hokitika, New Zealand to Honolulu is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST) is minus 22 hours. In September in Honolulu, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Shark Diving, Swim with Dolphins
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Swim with Dolphins
Koko Crater Railway Trail ©
Koko Crater Railway Trail
Shark Diving

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.
Get some cultural insight at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and Kona Coffee Living History Farm. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fishing Charters & Tours and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area. The adventure continues: get interesting insight from Tours, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mauna Kea, and identify plant and animal life at Kanaloa Octopus Farm.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona road trip planning app .

You can fly from Honolulu to Kailua-Kona in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and bus. In September, daytime highs in Kailua-Kona are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Durango.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Kona Coffee Living History Farm, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Kanaloa Octopus Farm ©
Kanaloa Octopus Farm
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Durango

Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Balcony House and Cliff Palace will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at River Rafting & Tubing and Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Durango: Mesa Verde National Park (Long House & Petroglyph Point Hike) and The Anasazi Heritage Center (in Dolores). It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum and explore the world behind art at Earthen Vessel Gallery.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Durango day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Kailua-Kona to Durango takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight, bus, and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Kailua-Kona to Durango. When traveling from Kailua-Kona in September, plan for slightly colder days in Durango, with highs around 29°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Durango

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, The Anasazi Heritage Center, Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): see the interesting displays at New Mexico History Museum, admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then steep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, then examine the collection at Museum of International Folk Art, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally examine the collection at The Harrell House Bug Museum.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe trip builder app .

Drive from Durango to Santa Fe in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Durango in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 13°C in Santa Fe. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
New Mexico History Museum ©
New Mexico History Museum
The Harrell House Bug Museum ©
The Harrell House Bug Museum
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Visiting Artist Point and Grand Teton will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Horseback Riding Tours and Grand Prismatic Spring. It doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Castle Geyser and take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Santa Fe to Yellowstone National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from Santa Fe in September, expect nights in Yellowstone National Park to be a bit cooler, around 0°C, while days are much colder, around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Custer.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Horseback Riding Tours, Grand Teton
Highlights from your plan
Artist Point ©
Artist Point
Castle Geyser ©
Castle Geyser
Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Black Hills National Forest and Sylvan Lake. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Insideout. Venture out of the city with trips to Windcross Conservancy (in Buffalo Gap) and Presidential Trail (in Keystone). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, take a memorable drive along Wildlife Loop Road, and take in the awesome beauty at Black Hills.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Custer trip planner.

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Custer by combination of car, flight, and taxi takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and flight. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September, with highs in Custer at 25°C and lows at 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Branson.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Windcross Conservancy, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Insideout, Black Hills, Presidential Trail
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

2
nights
Branson

Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
Step off the beaten path and head to Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery and Zipline. Escape the urban bustle at Dogwood Canyon Nature Park and Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. Get out of town with these interesting Branson side-trips: Thorncrown Chapel (in Eureka Springs) and Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum (in Mansfield). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Table Rock Lake and see the interesting displays at Titanic Museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Branson trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Custer to Branson in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from Custer to Branson, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Custer in September, with highs in Branson at 32°C and lows at 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hilton Head.

Things to do in Branson

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Eureka Springs, Table Rock Lake, Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum, Dogwood Canyon Nature Park
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Dogwood Canyon Nature Park ©
Dogwood Canyon Nature Park

1
night
Hilton Head

A Hilton Head vacation may be heaven for a golfer, but the area also offers all kinds of other options for sports fans.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): trek along Hilton Head Island Bike Trails, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then race across the water with a speed boat tour. Keep things going the next day: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Coligny Beach, and then take in the exciting artwork at The Silver Garden Silversmiths and Art Gallery.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hilton Head trip itinerary site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Branson to Hilton Head in 9 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Branson in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 25°C in Hilton Head. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Savannah.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Hilton Head Island Bike Trails ©
Hilton Head Island Bike Trails
Speed Boats Tours

2
nights
Savannah

Savannah
Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Fort Pulaski National Monument, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then visit a coastal fixture at Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters, contemplate the long history of Olde Pink House, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bonaventure Cemetery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Forsyth Park, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Colonial Park Cemetery.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Savannah trip itinerary tool .

Drive from Hilton Head to Savannah in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Savannah sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Savannah

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Tybee Island
Highlights from your plan
Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum
Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Fort Pulaski National Monument ©
Fort Pulaski National Monument

2
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
On the 25th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Belle Meade Plantation, explore the galleries of Lotz House Museum, then examine the collection at RCA Studio B, and finally contemplate the long history of Andrew Jackson's Hermitage. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe and then wander the streets of Downtown Nashville.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Nashville road trip planning app .

You can fly from Savannah to Nashville in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Savannah to Nashville. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Nashville when traveling from Savannah in September, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
Highlights from your plan
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage ©
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe ©
The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe

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