36 days in United States Itinerary

36 days in United States Itinerary

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36 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  13​h
1
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Kihei, Maui
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
3
Poipu, Kauai
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  11​h 30​min
4
Sedona
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Page
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  10​h 30​min
6
Marathon
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Key West
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  7​h
8
St. Augustine
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Savannah
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 15​min
10
New York City
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney

2
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mauna Kea and Akaka Falls State Park. Visiting Kilauea Iki Trailhead and Sulphur Banks will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hilo: Kaimu Beach Park (in Pahoa), Laupahoehoe Beach Park (in Laupahoehoe) and Jagger Museum (in Volcano). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls and hike along Pu'u Huluhulu trail.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hilo sightseeing planning website .

Sydney, Australia to Hilo is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -20 hour difference. In December, daily temperatures in Hilo can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kaimu Beach Park, Laupahoehoe Beach Park, Jagger Museum, Mauna Kea
Highlights from your plan
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Jagger Museum ©
Jagger Museum

4
nights
Kihei, Maui

Kihei ©
Stretching over 9.7 km (6 mi) of pristine south Maui coastline, Kihei is the island's driest and sunniest region, making it a perfect location for water activities and beach leisure.
You'll get in some beach time at Wailea Beach and Napili Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Lahaina Front Street and Lahaina Banyan Court. Venture out of the city with trips to Pa'ako Beach (Secret Cove) (in Wailea) and Lahaina (Ka'anapali Beach & Baby Beach). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Po'olenalena Beach, stroll through Big Beach, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kihei planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Hilo to Kihei in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. In December in Kihei, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Poipu.

Things to do in Kihei

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lahaina, Wailea, Big Beach
Highlights from your plan
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach
Napili Beach ©
Napili Beach
Lahaina Front Street ©
Lahaina Front Street

4
nights
Poipu, Kauai

Poipu ©
Poipū is a census-designated place in Kauai County on the southern side of the island of Kauai in the U.S. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Hanalei Beach and Makawehi Bluff. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Poipu Beach Park and Spouting Horn. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Poipu: Kayaking & Canoeing (in Kapaa) and Waimea Canyon State Park (in Waimea). There's much more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, look for gifts at Talk Story Bookstore, kick back and relax at Lumahai Beach, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Poipu travel route planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kihei to Poipu in 2 hours. In December in Poipu, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sedona.

Things to do in Poipu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Helicopter Tours, Talk Story Bookstore, Hanalei Beach, Lumahai Beach, Art House Hawaii
Highlights from your plan
Waimea Canyon State Park ©
Waimea Canyon State Park
Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Escape the urban bustle at Cathedral Rock and Walnut Canyon National Monument. Explore hidden gems such as Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179) and Spas & Wellness. Venture out of the city with trips to V-Bar-V Heritage Site (in Rimrock) and Painted Desert (in Petrified Forest National Park). There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Oak Creek Canyon, stroll through Airport Mesa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel of the Holy Cross, and take in the dramatic natural features at Bell Rock.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sedona route planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle from Poipu to Sedona takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Poipu to Sedona is 3 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Poipu in December: high temperatures in Sedona hover around 14°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Page.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Painted Desert, Walnut Canyon National Monument, V-Bar-V Heritage Site
Highlights from your plan
Oak Creek Canyon ©
Oak Creek Canyon
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Walnut Canyon National Monument ©
Walnut Canyon National Monument

3
nights
Page

Page ©
Originally little more than a simple camp constructed to house workers who built a nearby dam on the Colorado River, Page is now a popular stop for travelers preparing a trip to Arizona's canyon country.
Explore hidden gems such as Antelope Canyon and Rainbow Bridge Trail. Get outdoors at Lower Antelope Canyon and Paria River Canyon. Take a break from Page with a short trip to Navajo National Monument in Shonto, about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Paria Canyon Wilderness Area and take in the dramatic natural features at Horseshoe Bend.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Page driving holiday tool .

Traveling by car from Sedona to Page takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Sedona in January, expect Page to be little chillier, temps between 8°C and -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Marathon.

Things to do in Page

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Navajo National Monument, Paria River Canyon, Paria Canyon Wilderness Area, Rainbow Bridge Trail
Highlights from your plan
Antelope Canyon ©
Antelope Canyon
Lower Antelope Canyon ©
Lower Antelope Canyon
Navajo National Monument ©
Navajo National Monument

1
night
Marathon

Marathon ©
A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
On the 5th (Sun), stroll through Sombrero Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at The Turtle Hospital, and then admire the majestic nature at Bahia Honda State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Dolphin Research Center and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Marathon sightseeing app .

Getting from Page to Marathon by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Page to Marathon. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Page in January; daily highs in Marathon reach 29°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Key West.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Fishing Charters & Tours, Bahia Honda State Park
Highlights from your plan
The Turtle Hospital ©
The Turtle Hospital
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
Fishing Charters & Tours

4
nights
Key West

Key West ©
Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
Visiting Dry Tortugas National Park and Fishing Charters & Tours will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Truman Little White House and The Overseas Highway. There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Fort Zachary Taylor, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mary Star of the Sea, make a trip to Southernmost Point, and zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Key West online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Marathon to Key West takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Key West, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to St. Augustine.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Fort Zachary Taylor ©
Fort Zachary Taylor
Dry Tortugas National Park ©
Dry Tortugas National Park
Truman Little White House ©
Truman Little White House

2
nights
St. Augustine

St. Augustine ©
SAINT AUGUSTINE | PONTE VEDRA on Florida's Historic Coast The Nation's oldest city (est. Get some cultural insight at St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum and Fort Matanzas National Monument. Step off the beaten path and head to St. Augustine Beach and Beach at Daytona Beach. There's more to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at St. Augustine Distillery and pause for some photo ops at Castillo de San Marcos.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our St. Augustine trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight, shuttle, and bus from Key West to St. Augustine takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Key West in January, things will get a bit cooler in St. Augustine: highs are around 21°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Savannah.

Things to do in St. Augustine

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Beach at Daytona Beach
Highlights from your plan
St. Augustine Beach ©
St. Augustine Beach
Fort Matanzas National Monument ©
Fort Matanzas National Monument

3
nights
Savannah

Savannah ©
Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
Get some cultural insight at Bonaventure Cemetery and Fort Pulaski National Monument. Visiting Coligny Beach and Fort Morris Historic Site will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Tybee Island Beach (in Tybee Island) and Midway (Midway Museum & Midway Museum). There's more to do: wander the streets of Savannah Historic District and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Savannah visit planner.

Traveling by car from St. Augustine to Savannah takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Savannah when traveling from St. Augustine in January, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Savannah

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Midway, Tybee Island, Coligny Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist ©
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
Bonaventure Cemetery ©
Bonaventure Cemetery
Coligny Beach ©
Coligny Beach

3
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.
Popular historic sites such as 9/11 Memorial and St. Patrick's Cathedral are in your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Fifth Avenue, take an in-depth tour of Ellis Island, admire all the interesting features of Central Park, and make a trip to Statue of Liberty National Monument.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our New York City road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Savannah to New York City in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Savannah in January, you will find days in New York City are cooler (5°C), and nights are little chillier (-5°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
American Museum of Natural History ©
American Museum of Natural History

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