30 days in United States Itinerary

30 days in United States Itinerary

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30 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Christchurch
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Hilo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Kailua-Kona
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  10​h 30​min
4
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
5
Louisville
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
New York City
— 6 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Chicago
— 6 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Christchurch

1
night
Hilo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): browse the fresh offerings at Hilo Farmers Market, then take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): look and learn at Imiloa Astronomy Center, then take in the pleasant sights at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, and then stroll through Laupahoehoe Beach Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hilo journey planning app .

Christchurch, New Zealand to Hilo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time, which is usually a -22 hour difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Christchurch in September: high temperatures in Hilo hover around 35°C and lows are around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hilo

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trips

Laupahoehoe Beach Park, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
Highlights from your plan
Imiloa Astronomy Center ©
Imiloa Astronomy Center
Liliuokalani Gardens ©
Liliuokalani Gardens
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park

2
nights
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.
On the 3rd (Thu), relax in the rural setting at Kona Coffee Living History Farm, stroll through Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kahaluu Beach, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Mauna Kea Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kailua-Kona trip maker .

Traveling by car from Hilo to Kailua-Kona takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Kahaluu Beach, Mauna Kea Beach, Kona Coffee Living History Farm
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©

3
nights
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park ©
Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
When in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, make a side trip to see Kula Kai Caverns in Ocean View, approximately 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, get outside with Keanakakoi Crater Overlook, get a taste of the local shopping with Volcano Art Center Gallery, and get impressive views of Kīlauea.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Hawaii Volcanoes National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Kailua-Kona to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 25°C in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Jagger Museum, Kula Kai Caverns
Highlights from your plan
Kula Kai Caverns ©
Kula Kai Caverns
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail ©
Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail

4
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.
When in Las Vegas, make a side trip to see Hoover Dam in Boulder City, approximately 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, try to win big at New York New York Casino, see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Las Vegas journey app .

Getting from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Las Vegas by combination of taxi and flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in September, you will find days in Las Vegas are a bit warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Louisville.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Fun & Games Parks Casinos

Side Trip

Hoover Dam
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

3
nights
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Explore Louisville's surroundings by going to Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm (in Georgetown), Mammoth Cave National Park (Fat Man's Misery & Mammoth Cave) and Sun Valley Farm (in Versailles). And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Kentucky Artisan Distillery, relax in the rural setting at Claiborne Farm, and see the interesting displays at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Louisville online tour itinerary planner .

Fly from Las Vegas to Louisville in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas to Louisville, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Las Vegas in September; daily highs in Louisville reach 32°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Louisville

Parks Nature Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Mammoth Cave National Park, Claiborne Farm, James E. Pepper Distillery, Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm, Sun Valley Farm
Highlights from your plan
James E. Pepper Distillery ©
James E. Pepper Distillery
Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
Fat Man's Misery ©
Fat Man's Misery

6
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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Central Park, admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, don't miss a visit to 9/11 Memorial, and go for a walk through The High Line.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read New York City online tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Louisville to New York City in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In September in New York City, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

6
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Step out of Chicago to go to DeKalb and see Whiskey Acres Distilling Co., which is approximately 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lincoln Park Zoo, enjoy breathtaking views from 360 Chicago Observation Deck, and make a trip to Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

To find out how to plan a trip to Chicago, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from New York City to Chicago takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Chicago due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from New York City in September since evenings lows in Chicago dip to 19°C. On the 28th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Oak Park, Whiskey Acres Distilling Co.
Highlights from your plan
Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. ©
Whiskey Acres Distilling Co.
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

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