32 days in California, Alaska & Hawaii Itinerary

32 days in California, Alaska & Hawaii Itinerary

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32 days in California, Alaska & Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  26​h
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Sacramento
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  8​h 45​min
5
Anchorage
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h 45​min
6
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  14​h 45​min
7
Honolulu, Oahu
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
8
Kailua, Oahu
— 1 night
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  3​h 15​min
9
Lahaina, Maui
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
11
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Cape Town

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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 17th (Mon), take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, stop by The Original Farmers Market, then don't miss a visit to Universal CityWalk Hollywood, and finally look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary maker app .

Cape Town, South Africa to Los Angeles is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Town to Los Angeles is minus 10 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cape Town in December: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 24°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Nature Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at La Jolla Cove and Point Loma. Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and Old Point Loma Lighthouse will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our San Diego trip planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Exploratorium and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and City Lights Booksellers. The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, shop like a local with Union Square, and take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco day trip planner.

Getting from San Diego to San Francisco by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from San Diego in December; daily highs in San Francisco reach 17°C and lows reach 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sacramento.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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nights
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): explore and take pictures at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, then get some fabulous bargains at Vacaville Premium Outlets, and then examine the collection at California State Capitol Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): explore the landscape on two wheels at American River Bicycle Trail and then see the interesting displays at California State Railroad Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sacramento trip planner .

Drive from San Francisco to Sacramento in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Sacramento, with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Sacramento

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Vacaville Premium Outlets
Highlights from your plan
American River Bicycle Trail ©
American River Bicycle Trail
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
California State Capitol Museum ©
California State Capitol Museum

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Anchorage

Anchorage ©
Home to nearly half of Alaska's population, the port city of Anchorage covers a staggering area of over 4,900 sq km (1,900 sq mi) surrounded by mountains.
On the 28th (Fri), stop by Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Anchorage Market & Festival, and then examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore and take pictures at Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and then explore the striking landscape of Chugach National Forest.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Anchorage trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Sacramento to Anchorage in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of train, subway, flight, and car. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Sacramento in December, things will get much colder in Anchorage: highs are around -4°C and lows about -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trip

Chugach National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center ©
Chugach National Forest ©
Chugach National Forest

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nights
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve ©
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve provides a glimpse of what much of the planet looked like when it emerged from the Ice Age.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): explore the activities along Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Bartlett Cove.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Anchorage to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. Traveling from Anchorage in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, with lows of -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve ©

3
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore USS Arizona Memorial and Iolani Palace. Get outdoors at Waikiki Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument, browse the different shops at Ala Moana Center, hike along Manoa Falls, and contemplate the waterfront views at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Honolulu travel route planning app .

Explore your travel options from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to Honolulu with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to Honolulu is minus 1 hour. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in January; daily highs in Honolulu reach 32°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kailua.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument

1
night
Kailua, Oahu

Kailua ©
Kailua is a census-designated place (CDP) in Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States. On the 6th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Byodo-In Temple, then view the masterpieces at Island Treasures, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally kick back and relax at Lanikai Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Halona Blowhole, then explore the gorgeous colors at Pele's Chair, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kailua Beach Park.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kailua road trip website .

Kailua is just a short distance from Honolulu. In January, daytime highs in Kailua are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Kailua

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Oahu, Byodo-In Temple
Highlights from your plan
Lanikai Beach ©
Lanikai Beach
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park
Pele's Chair ©
Pele's Chair

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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): look for gifts at Glass Mango Designs, then wander the streets of Lahaina Front Street, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ka'anapali Beach. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get into the urban bustle at Maui Arts & Cultural Center, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Maria Lanakila Catholic Church.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Lahaina road trip website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Kailua to Lahaina takes 3.5 hours. In January in Lahaina, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Lahaina

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Highlights from your plan
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Maria Lanakila Catholic Church ©
Maria Lanakila Catholic Church
Lahaina Front Street ©
Lahaina Front Street

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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, then experience rural life at Big Island Bees, and then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mokuaikaua Church, then get engrossed in the history at Hulihe'e Palace, and then admire the majestic nature at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kailua-Kona trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Lahaina to Kailua-Kona takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. In January, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

Big Island Bees, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Amoeba Music. The Getty Center and El Pueblo de Los Angeles are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade, Bergamot Station, & more). See even more of Los Angeles: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, get to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway, stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and stop by Hollywood & Highland.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles tour planner .

You can fly from Kailua-Kona to Los Angeles in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Kailua-Kona to Los Angeles. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Kailua-Kona in January, with highs in Los Angeles at 24°C and lows at 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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