32 days in United States Itinerary

32 days in United States Itinerary

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32 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Lahaina, Maui
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  12​h 45​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  12​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
5
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
6
Custer
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
7
New York City
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
9
Hilton Head
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  23​h 15​min
10
Canyon
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
11
South Padre Island
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Auckland

2
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.
Get outdoors at Kahekili Beach Park and Parasailing & Paragliding. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Holy Innocents Church. Change things up with a short trip to Scuba & Snorkeling in Kihei (about 40 minutes away). There's much more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and kick back and relax at Napili Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Lahaina trip maker app .

Queenstown, New Zealand to Lahaina is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -22 hour difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Kihei, Parasailing & Paragliding
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Zipline

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and Kanaloa Octopus Farm. Step out of Kailua-Kona with an excursion to Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area in Puako--about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mauna Kea, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kailua-Kona online visit planner .

You can fly from Lahaina to Kailua-Kona in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. August in Kailua-Kona sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Rim Trail and South Kaibab Trail. Take a break from the city and head to Mather Point and Bright Angel Trail. Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim and pause for some photo ops at Powell Point.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Kailua-Kona to Grand Canyon National Park takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Kailua-Kona to Grand Canyon National Park. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in August, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be colder, around 11°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

2
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Vernal Fall and Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Escape the urban bustle at Panorama Trail and Tuolumne Meadows. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, appreciate the extensive heritage of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark, get great views at Tunnel View, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Yosemite National Park trip simple and quick.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park by combination of bus and flight takes about 13 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

2
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Step off the beaten path and head to Artist Point and Yellowstone National Park. Escape the urban bustle at Grand Prismatic Spring and Lower Geyser Basin. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and admire the sheer force of Gibbon Falls.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park road trip tool .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Yellowstone National Park by combination of car and flight takes about 10 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Yosemite National Park to Yellowstone National Park due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 24°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Custer.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Yellowstone National Park ©
Yellowstone National Park
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

2
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Take a break from the city and head to Black Hills National Forest and Needles Eye Tunnel. Discover out-of-the-way places like Presidential Trail and Wildlife Loop Road. Step out of Custer with an excursion to Mammoth Site of Hot Springs in Hot Springs--about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, get a new perspective on nature at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute, admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, and cruise along Iron Mountain Road.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Custer visit planning app .

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and taxi from Yellowstone National Park to Custer takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In August, Custer is a bit warmer than Yellowstone National Park - with highs of 29°C and lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hilton Head.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Presidential Trail, The Museum @ Black Hills Institute, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial, then grab your bike and head to Henry Hudson Trail, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at 8th Ave Jetty. On your second day here, browse the eclectic array of goods at Chelsea Market, then enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lookout Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Gilgo Beach.

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

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Custer to New York City in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Custer to New York City, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Custer in August, things will get a bit warmer in New York City: highs are around 34°C and lows about 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Henry Hudson Trail, 8th Ave Jetty, Point Lookout Beach, Gilgo Beach
Highlights from your plan
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Henry Hudson Trail ©
Henry Hudson Trail
Gilgo Beach ©
Gilgo Beach

2
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Capitol Hill, and then learn about all things military at U.S. Naval Academy. On the next day, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, make a trip to John F. Kennedy Grave Site, explore the different monuments and memorials at Arlington National Cemetery, then get to know the fascinating history of Tomb of the Unknowns, and finally steep yourself in history at Old Town.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Washington DC online trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. August in Washington DC sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hilton Head.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Arlington, U.S. Naval Academy, Old Town
Highlights from your plan
Arlington National Cemetery ©
Arlington National Cemetery
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Capitol Hill ©
Capitol Hill

1
night
Hilton Head

A Hilton Head vacation may be heaven for a golfer, but the area also offers all kinds of other options for sports fans.
On the 23rd (Sun), race across the water with a speed boat tour, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, look for gifts at The Oilerie Hilton Head Island, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally putt your heart out at Legendary Golf. On your second day here, hike along Hilton Head Island Bike Trails, tour the pleasant surroundings at Folly Field Beach Park, and then steep yourself in history at Mitchelville Freedom Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hilton Head online trip builder .

Getting from Washington DC to Hilton Head by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Hilton Head can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Canyon.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Hilton Head Island Bike Trails ©
Hilton Head Island Bike Trails
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

2
nights
Canyon

Canyon ©
Canyon is a city in, and the county seat of, Randall County, Texas, United States. On the 25th (Tue), make a trip to Tex Randall, Big Texan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Lighthouse Trail, then take in breathtaking views at Palo Duro Canyon State Park, and then get outside with Cow Girls and Cowboys in the West.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Canyon route builder .

You can drive from Hilton Head to Canyon in 23.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Hilton Head in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Canyon, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Canyon

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Caprock Canyons State Park
Highlights from your plan
Palo Duro Canyon State Park ©
Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Caprock Canyons State Park ©
Caprock Canyons State Park
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum ©
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

2
nights
South Padre Island

A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
On the 28th (Fri), explore and take pictures at Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Laguna Madre Nature Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle, Inc., look for all kinds of wild species at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, and then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a South Padre Island trip simple and quick.

Fly from Canyon to South Padre Island in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Canyon in August since evenings lows in South Padre Island dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Sea Turtle, Inc. ©
Sea Turtle, Inc.

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