28 days in United States Itinerary

28 days in United States Itinerary

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28 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
2
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
3
New York City
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
7
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Lahaina, Maui
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h
9
Poipu, Kauai
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Sydney


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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.
Get some historical perspective at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific and Queen Emma Summer Palace. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kailua Beach Park and USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park. Step out of Honolulu to go to Laie and see Polynesian Cultural Center, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: stop by Shimazu Shave ice, steep yourself in history at Battleship Missouri Memorial, explore the galleries of Iolani Palace, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Honolulu trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Honolulu is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Honolulu, you'll gain 20 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in September, expect nights in Honolulu to be much hotter, around 28°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kailua Beach Park, Polynesian Cultural Center
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Polynesian Cultural Center ©
Polynesian Cultural Center
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park
Iolani Palace ©
Iolani Palace

1
night
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and then learn the secrets of production at Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): examine the collection at Museum of Pop Culture, examine the collection at The Unity Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Suquamish Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Seattle itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Seattle takes 8 hours. The time zone difference moving from Hawaii Standard Time (HST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is 2 hours. Traveling from Honolulu in September, you will find days in Seattle are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are colder (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Tours Shopping

Side Trips

Boeing Future of Flight, Suquamish Museum
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The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Museum of Pop Culture ©
Museum of Pop Culture
Suquamish Museum ©
Suquamish Museum

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Bay Head Beach and Corey Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to 8th Ave Jetty and Long Island Maritime Museum. There's much more to do: get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History, see the interesting displays at New York Public Library, and explore the world behind art at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the New York City road trip planning tool .

Getting from Seattle to New York City by combination of flight and bus takes about 9 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Seattle to New York City. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Seattle in September, with highs in New York City at 31°C and lows at 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in New York City

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Corey Beach, Long Island Maritime Museum, Bay Head Beach, 8th Ave Jetty
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Bay Head Beach ©
Bay Head Beach
New York Public Library ©
New York Public Library
Corey Beach ©
Corey Beach

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Bodega Dunes and Rockaway Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Castello di Amorosa and V. Sattui Winery. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: St. Helena (Pride Mountain Vineyards & Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards) and Schramsberg Vineyards (in Calistoga). There's more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks and tour the pleasant surroundings at China Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco travel planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to San Francisco in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in San Francisco when traveling from New York City in September, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

St. Helena, Calistoga, Rockaway Beach, Bodega Dunes
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Bodega Dunes ©
Bodega Dunes

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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.
On the 14th (Sat), see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, take an in-depth tour of Titanic, then try to win big at Wynn Las Vegas, and finally stop by Las Vegas North Premium Outlets. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas, then examine the collection at The Neon Museum, and finally take a stroll through Las Vegas Downtown.

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

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Las Vegas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in September, with highs in Las Vegas at 39°C and lows at 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum
The Neon Museum ©
The Neon Museum
Titanic ©
Titanic

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach and then stroll through Westward Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, then examine the collection at The Getty Center, and then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Las Vegas to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Las Vegas in September; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 34°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Westward Beach
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

2
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 outdoors at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and Scuba & Snorkeling. Head to Captain Cook Trading Co. and Kona Hennafor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Kailua-Kona: Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako) and Mau'umae Beach (in Waimea). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mauna Kea, experience rural life at Kona Coffee Living History Farm, and see the sky in a new way at Mauna Kea Observatories.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kailua-Kona trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Los Angeles to Kailua-Kona in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Kailua-Kona. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 28°C in Kailua-Kona. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Mauna Kea Observatories, Captain Cook Trading Co., Kona Coffee Living History Farm
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Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Mauna Kea ©
Mauna Kea

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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 and learn at Lahaina Galleries and Baldwin Home Museum. Get outdoors at Wailea Beach and Napili Beach. Go for a jaunt from Lahaina to Wailea to see Ulua Beach about 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Lahaina Front Street, enjoy the sand and surf at Ka'anapali Beach, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Lahaina driving holiday planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Kailua-Kona to Lahaina takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Poipu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Wailea
Highlights from your plan
Napili Beach ©
Napili Beach
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach
Lahaina Front Street ©
Lahaina Front Street

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nights
Poipu, Kauai

Poipu ©
Poipū is a census-designated place in Kauai County on the southern side of the island of Kauai in the U.S. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hanalei Beach and Seductions of Kauai Gallery. Get in touch with nature at Na Pali Coast State Park and Poipu Beach Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Hanalei (Wai`oli Hui`ia Church & Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge), Waimea Canyon State Park (in Waimea) and Kayaking & Canoeing (in Kapaa). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanalei Bay, contemplate the long history of Ke Kahua O Kaneiolouma, view the masterpieces at Art House Hawaii, and explore the activities along Menehune Fishpond.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Poipu road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Lahaina to Poipu in 4 hours. September in Poipu sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Poipu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lihue, Hanalei, Kauai, Koloa, Kayaking & Canoeing
Highlights from your plan
Waimea Canyon State Park ©
Waimea Canyon State Park
Na Pali Coast State Park ©
Na Pali Coast State Park
Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park

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