35 days in United States Itinerary

35 days in United States Itinerary

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35 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Wellington
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Lahaina, Maui
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
4
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
5
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
New York City
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Charleston
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Murrells Inlet
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Orlando
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
10
New Orleans
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
11
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Wellington

2
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.
On the 20th (Sun), take a tour of Battleship Missouri Memorial, appreciate the history behind USS Arizona Memorial, and then go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Waikiki Beach and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Honolulu vacation planner.

Wellington, New Zealand to Honolulu is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 22 hours traveling from Wellington to Honolulu. Traveling from Wellington in October, things will get much hotter in Honolulu: highs are around 36°C and lows about 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Honolulu

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then kick back and relax at Ka'anapali Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the exhibits of Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then take a stroll through Lahaina Front Street.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Lahaina itinerary planner .

You can fly from Honolulu to Lahaina in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. In October, daytime highs in Lahaina are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center, Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
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.
On the 24th (Thu), relax in the rural setting at Kona Coffee Living History Farm, explore the striking landscape of Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, then see the interesting displays at Kona Historical Society, and finally get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kailua-Kona trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Lahaina to Kailua-Kona in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and flight. In October, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Kona Historical Society, Kona Coffee Living History Farm
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore and learn at Exploratorium and Asian Art Museum. Shop till you drop at Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Square. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing) and Bodega Dunes (in Bodega). There's much more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, brush up on your military savvy at USS Pampanito, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Francisco route planner.

You can fly from Kailua-Kona to San Francisco in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Hawaii Standard Time (HST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Kailua-Kona in October, with highs in San Francisco at 26°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Bodega Dunes, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at National Air and Space Museum and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Gettysburg National Military Park and Antietam National Battlefield will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Washington DC: Dragon Distillery, LLC (in Frederick) and Horseshoe Casino (in Baltimore). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Washington National Cathedral, and examine the collection at Newseum.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Washington DC trip planner.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Washington DC takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco to Washington DC, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. October in Washington DC sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Antietam National Battlefield, Dragon Distillery, LLC, Horseshoe Casino, Gettysburg National Military Park
Highlights from your plan
Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Gettysburg National Military Park
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge and Hamilton Grange National Memorial. Do your shopping at Fifth Avenue and Tiles For America. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, explore and take pictures at Central Park, and don't miss a visit to Times Square.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the New York City trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to New York City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November in New York City, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Charleston.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Times Square ©
Times Square

2
nights
Charleston

Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
On the 8th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at The Center for Birds of Prey, then steep yourself in history at Fort Sumter National Monument, and then hunt for treasures at Charleston City Market. Here are some ideas for day two: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then explore the world behind art at Principle Gallery Charleston, then settle in for a delightful tour with a horse-drawn carriage tour, and finally view the masterpieces at One Of A Kind.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Charleston road trip planning website .

Getting from New York City to Charleston by combination of bus and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. When traveling from New York City in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Charleston, with highs around 23°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Murrells Inlet.

Things to do in Charleston

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

The Center for Birds of Prey
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Fort Sumter National Monument ©
Fort Sumter National Monument
Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours

1
night
Murrells Inlet

Murrells Inlet ©
Murrells Inlet is an unincorporated area and census-designated place straddling the line between Horry and Georgetown Counties in South Carolina, United States. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Brookgreen Gardens, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Litchfield Beach, and then stop by Harrelson's Seafood Market.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Murrells Inlet day trip website .

Traveling by car from Charleston to Murrells Inlet takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Murrells Inlet are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Murrells Inlet

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Litchfield Beach
Highlights from your plan
Litchfield Beach ©
Litchfield Beach
Brookgreen Gardens ©
Brookgreen Gardens
Harrelson's Seafood Market ©
Harrelson's Seafood Market

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nights
Orlando

Orlando ©
For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
Visiting Discovery Cove and Disney's Animal Kingdom will get you outdoors. You'll explore and learn at Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art and The Artistic Hand Gallery & Studio. And it doesn't end there: make an unforgettable trip to Walt Disney World Resort, revel in the low prices at Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets, try out the rides at Happily Ever After Fireworks, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St James Roman Catholic Cathedral.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Orlando itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Murrells Inlet to Orlando takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Murrells Inlet in November, with highs in Orlando at 30°C and lows at 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, The Artistic Hand Gallery & Studio
Highlights from your plan
Discovery Cove ©
Discovery Cove
Disney's Animal Kingdom ©
Disney's Animal Kingdom

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nights
New Orleans

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Do your shopping at Royal Street and Faulkner House Books. Your inner history buff will appreciate Garden District and St. Louis Cathedral. Go for a jaunt from New Orleans to Slidell to see Nature & Wildlife Tours about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Lafayette Cemetery No.1, take in the history at Chalmette National Historical Park, and look for all kinds of wild species at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the New Orleans travel route builder app .

You can fly from Orlando to New Orleans in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Orlando to New Orleans due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Orlando in November, you will find days in New Orleans are a bit cooler (19°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Garden District ©
Garden District
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
St. Louis Cathedral ©
St. Louis Cathedral

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nights
Los Angeles

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Visiting Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Oak Canyon Nature Center will get you outdoors. For shopping fun, head to Hammer Museum or Annenberg Space for Photography. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Virga Gallery (in Laguna Beach), Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Newport Beach). There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, admire the masterpieces at Craft Contemporary, don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame, and take a stroll through Angelino Heights Historic Area.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles tour itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to Los Angeles takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. While traveling from New Orleans, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Virga Gallery, Oak Canyon Nature Center, Two Rodeo Drive, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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