30 days in California & Hawaii Itinerary

30 days in California & Hawaii Itinerary

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30 days in California & Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  18​h
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  9​h 15​min
5
Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Waimea, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  3​h 15​min
8
Lahaina, Maui
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
9
Honolulu, Oahu
— 5 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Sao Paulo

2
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial and then enjoy some diversion at Petco Park. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then take in the waterfront at Seaport Village.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego attractions website .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to San Diego is an approximately 18-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to San Diego. Traveling from Sao Paulo in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 23°C in San Diego. On the 6th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Shopping Museums Nature

Side Trip

Coronado Island
Highlights from your plan
Coronado Island ©
Coronado Island
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Petco Park ©
Petco Park

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.
On the 6th (Sat), examine the collection at The Getty Center. Here are some ideas for day two: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, then get some fabulous bargains at Camarillo Premium Outlets, and then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles online travel planner .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Crystal Cove, Camarillo Premium Outlets, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Yosemite Falls and Glacier Point. Take a break from the city and head to Panorama Trail and Vernal Fall. There's still lots to do: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, get all the information you need at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, get great views at Valley View, and explore the activities along Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, expect cooler with lows of 9°C in Yosemite National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Union Square and Ferry Building Marketplace. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at Exploratorium, and kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park.

Start your trip to San Francisco by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Captain Cook.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

3
nights
Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii

Captain Cook ©
A small town with big ocean views, Captain Cook lies on top of an ancient fault line that was responsible for creating the nearby Kealakekua Bay thousands of years ago.
Relax by the water at Punalu‘U Beach and Papakōlea Green Sand Beach. Visiting Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and Kula Kai Caverns will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Captain Cook: Paradise Meadows Orchard & Bee Farm Home of Hawaii's Local Buzz (in Naalehu) and Ka'u Coffee Mill (in Pahala). There's much more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, experience rural life at Rooster Farms, shop like a local with Big Island Bees, and contemplate the long history of Kealakekua Bay.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Captain Cook online road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to Captain Cook takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, flight, and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to Captain Cook due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in July: high temperatures in Captain Cook hover around 35°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Waimea.

Things to do in Captain Cook

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Naalehu, Pahala, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Kula Kai Caverns
Highlights from your plan
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach ©
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach
Punalu‘U Beach ©
Punalu‘U Beach

3
nights
Waimea, Island of Hawaii

Waimea ©
A vast agricultural land with one of the largest cattle ranches in the United States, Waimea embraces its ranching roots.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Swim with Dolphins and Waialea Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Lapakahi State Historical Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Waimea: Elements Jewelry & Fine Crafts (in Hawi) and Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Puako). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Mauna Kea Beach, explore and take pictures at Anna Ranch Heritage Center, and stroll through Samuel M. Spencer Beach Park.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Waimea day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Captain Cook to Waimea takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Captain Cook in July, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Waimea: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Hilo.

Things to do in Waimea

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii, Elements Jewelry & Fine Crafts, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Samuel M. Spencer Beach Park ©
Samuel M. Spencer Beach Park
Waialea Beach ©
Waialea Beach

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Laupahoehoe Beach Park and Carlsmith Beach Park. Museum-lovers will get to explore Volcano Art Center and Pacific Tsunami Museum. Explore Hilo's surroundings by going to Kīlauea (in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park) and Jagger Museum (in Volcano). There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Akaka Falls State Park, stop by Hilo Coffee Mill, kick back and relax at Richardson Beach Park, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hilo travel route planner.

You can take a bus from Waimea to Hilo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Waimea in July: highs in Hilo hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hilo Coffee Mill, Jagger Museum, Laupahoehoe Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Kīlauea ©
Kīlauea
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Jagger Museum ©
Jagger Museum

3
nights
Lahaina, Maui

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wailea Beach and Maui On Metal. Get in touch with nature at Zipline and Kahekili Beach Park. Get out of town with these interesting Lahaina side-trips: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Kihei) and Wailea Beach Path (in Wailea). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Ka'anapali Beach and stroll through Baby Beach.

To see photos and tourist information, use the Lahaina road trip app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Hilo to Lahaina takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. In July in Lahaina, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Wailea, Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach
Wailea Beach Path ©
Wailea Beach Path

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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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Waimea Valley will get you outdoors. You'll explore and learn at USS Arizona Memorial and Bishop Museum. Explore Honolulu's surroundings by going to Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua) and Waimea Bay (in Haleiwa). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Koko Crater Railway Trail, take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument, enjoy the sand and surf at Kapiolani Regional Park, and look for gifts at Honolulu Cookie Company Waikiki Beach Marriott.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Honolulu route site .

You can fly from Lahaina to Honolulu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In July in Honolulu, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Nu’uanu Pali, Kailua Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park
Koko Crater Railway Trail ©
Koko Crater Railway Trail
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach

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