29 days in United States Itinerary

29 days in United States Itinerary

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29 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  13​h
1
Lihue, Kauai
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
4
Kihei, Maui
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  10​h 30​min
5
Sedona
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Bus:  14​h 45​min
7
St. Augustine, Florida
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 45​min
8
Sanibel Island
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3​h
9
Key West
— 5 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Melbourne

2
nights
Lihue, Kauai

Lihue ©
Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wailua Falls and Aunty Liliko'i. When in Lihue, make a side trip to see Waimea Canyon State Park in Waimea, approximately 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Art House Hawaii, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, explore the striking landscape at Spouting Horn, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Lihue online trip itinerary builder .

Melbourne, Australia to Lihue is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -20 hour difference. Traveling from Melbourne in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Lihue, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Lihue

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trips

Waimea, Poipu, Koloa, Kayaking & Canoeing
Highlights from your plan
Waimea Canyon State Park ©
Waimea Canyon State Park
Wailua Falls ©
Wailua Falls
Art House Hawaii ©
Art House Hawaii

3
nights
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Kealia Ranch and Sacred Grounds Coffee Farm. Go for a jaunt from Kailua-Kona to Honaunau to see The 1871 Trail about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Keauhou Bay Adventures, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mauna Kea, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Lihue to Kailua-Kona by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in January, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Captain Cook, The 1871 Trail
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kealia Ranch ©
Kealia Ranch

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jagger Museum and Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden. Change things up with these side-trips from Hilo: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Kilauea Iki Trailhead & Keanakakoi Crater Overlook), Star of the Sea Painted Church (in Kalapana) and Pahoa (The Hot Dog Guy & Pahoa Pool). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, admire the majestic nature at Akaka Falls State Park, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hilo trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Kailua-Kona to Hilo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Hilo

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Pahoa, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Jagger Museum, Star of the Sea Painted Church
Highlights from your plan
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Jagger Museum ©
Jagger Museum
Keanakakoi Crater Overlook ©
Keanakakoi Crater Overlook

3
nights
Kihei, Maui

Kihei ©
Stretching over 9.7 km (6 mi) of pristine south Maui coastline, Kihei is the island's driest and sunniest region, making it a perfect location for water activities and beach leisure.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kula Country Farms and Haleakala Highway (Crater Road). Get out of town with these interesting Kihei side-trips: Lahaina (Lahaina Banyan Court & Ka'anapali Beach) and Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park). There's lots more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, meet the residents at Maui Ocean Center, and stop by Tutu's Pantry.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kihei online journey planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Hilo to Kihei in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. In January, daytime highs in Kihei are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sedona.

Things to do in Kihei

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lahaina, Kula Country Farms, Maui Ocean Center, Haleakala Crater, Haleakala Highway (Crater Road)
Highlights from your plan
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Haleakala Highway (Crater Road) ©
Haleakala Highway (Crater Road)
Kula Country Farms ©
Kula Country Farms

2
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Devil's Bridge Trail and Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179). There's much more to do: trek along Oak Creek Canyon, tour the pleasant surroundings at Brin's Mesa Trail, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel of the Holy Cross, and explore the striking landscape at Cathedral Rock.

Plan trip to Sedona with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle from Kihei to Sedona in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. Traveling from Kihei to Sedona, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Kihei in January; daily highs in Sedona reach 14°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Spas & Wellness
Brin's Mesa Trail ©
Brin's Mesa Trail

3
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Grand Canyon National Park is known for nature, trails, historic sites, scenic drive, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Pima Point, stop by Canyon Village Marketplace, take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon, and take in panoramic vistas at Little Colorado River Overlook.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park takes 2.5 hours. While traveling from Sedona, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to St. Augustine.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Inner Canyon ©
Inner Canyon
Shoshone Point ©
Shoshone Point
Maricopa Point ©
Maricopa Point

1
day
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 24th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Castillo de San Marcos, then admire all the interesting features of Flagler College, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at St. Augustine Distillery.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the St. Augustine trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to St. Augustine takes 15 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in January: high temperatures in St. Augustine hover around 21°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Sanibel Island.

Things to do in St. Augustine

Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
St. Augustine Distillery ©
St. Augustine Distillery
Flagler College ©
Flagler College

2
nights
Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island ©
Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bowman's Beach and Fishing Charters & Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sanibel Island: Naples Pier (in Naples) and Edison & Ford Winter Estates (in Fort Myers). And it doesn't end there: let the kids burn off some steam at Sanibel Community Playground, take in nature's colorful creations at In The Garden, hunt for treasures at Sanibel Island Farmer's Market, and make a trip to The Hirdie-Girdie Gallery.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Sanibel Island road trip planning website .

Drive from St. Augustine to Sanibel Island in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. In January, Sanibel Island is somewhat warmer than St. Augustine - with highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Key West.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Naples Pier, Edison and Ford Winter Estates
Highlights from your plan
Sanibel Island Farmer's Market ©
Sanibel Island Farmer's Market
Sanibel Community Playground ©
Sanibel Community Playground

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Seven Mile Bridge and Sombrero Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Marathon (Crane Point Museum & Nature Center & The Turtle Hospital) and Big Pine Key (Out of the Blue Gallery & Bahia Honda State Park). Spend the 29th (Wed) exploring nature at Dry Tortugas National Park. There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Uva Wine Shop & Bar, immerse yourself in nature at Fort Zachary Taylor, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and don't miss a visit to Southernmost Point.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Key West trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Sanibel Island to Key West takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Sanibel Island in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Key West, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Key West

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Marathon, Big Pine Key
Highlights from your plan
Crane Point Museum & Nature Center ©
Seven Mile Bridge ©
Seven Mile Bridge

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