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 15​min
1
Poipu, Kauai
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 15​min
4
Lahaina, Maui
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  11​h 30​min
5
Page
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
6
Santa Fe
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 45​min
7
Key West
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
8
Marathon
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
9
New York City
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  13​h 45​min
10
Honolulu, Oahu
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Sydney

3
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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kalalau Trail and Na Pali Coast State Park. Get in touch with nature at Wailua Falls and Waimea Canyon State Park. Explore Poipu's surroundings by going to Kayaking & Canoeing (in Kapaa) and Hanalei Beach (in Hanalei). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Poipu Beach Park, explore the striking landscape at Spouting Horn, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and take in the dramatic scenery at Opaekaa Falls.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Poipu online trip itinerary maker .

Sydney, Australia to Poipu is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Poipu, you'll gain 20 hours due to the time zone difference. In December in Poipu, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Poipu

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kauai, Kayaking & Canoeing, Hanalei Beach, Na Pali Coast State Park, Waimea Canyon State Park
Highlights from your plan
Waimea Canyon State Park ©
Waimea Canyon State Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Na Pali Coast State Park ©
Na Pali Coast State Park

4
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.
Get outdoors at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fishing Charters & Tours and Swim with Dolphins. Step out of Kailua-Kona with an excursion to Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area in Puako--about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in the awesome beauty at Mauna Kea, and admire all the interesting features of Greenwell Farms.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Poipu to Kailua-Kona in 3 hours. December in Kailua-Kona sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, see the interesting displays at Jagger Museum, admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, then take in nature's colorful creations at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: cruise along Devastation Trail, explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), and then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For more things to do and other tourist information, refer to the Hilo trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Kailua-Kona to Hilo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Hilo when traveling from Kailua-Kona in December, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Jagger Museum, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
Highlights from your plan
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden ©
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)

4
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.
Get outdoors at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Ho'okipa Beach Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zipline and Scuba & Snorkeling. Take a break from Lahaina with a short trip to Haleakala Crater in Haleakala National Park, about 1h 50 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Lahaina Front Street, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Maui Ocean Center, pause for some serene contemplation at Maria Lanakila Catholic Church, and make a trip to Lahaina Banyan Court.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lahaina travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Hilo to Lahaina takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December, daytime highs in Lahaina are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Page.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Kihei, Maui Ocean Center, Haleakala Crater, Ho'okipa Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bright Angel Trail and Bright Angel Point. Take a break from the city and head to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park and Antelope Canyon. Get out of town with these interesting Page side-trips: Grand Canyon National Park (Grand Canyon South Rim & Lipan Point). Next up on the itinerary: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Page trip itinerary maker app .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Lahaina to Page in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Hawaii Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 3 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Lahaina in January; daily highs in Page reach 8°C and lows reach -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Page

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Grand Canyon National Park, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Highlights from your plan
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Antelope Canyon ©
Antelope Canyon

1
night
Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
On the 7th (Tue), examine the collection at New Mexico History Museum, explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then make a trip to Santa Fe Plaza, then steep yourself in history at Loretto Chapel, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at ten thousand waves.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Fe trip website .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Page to Santa Fe in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Page in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Santa Fe, with lows of -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
New Mexico History Museum ©
New Mexico History Museum
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

3
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Truman Little White House and Fort Zachary Taylor. Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and The Overseas Highway. Spend the 10th (Fri) exploring nature at Dry Tortugas National Park. Next up on the itinerary: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, go for a walk through Key West Garden Club, visit a coastal fixture at Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum, and learn about all things military at U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Key West trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Santa Fe to Key West in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Santa Fe to Key West is 2 hours. Traveling from Santa Fe in January, things will get much hotter in Key West: highs are around 28°C and lows about 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Marathon.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Truman Little White House ©
Truman Little White House
Dry Tortugas National Park ©
Dry Tortugas National Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Marathon

Marathon ©
A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): kick back and relax at Sombrero Beach, then identify plant and animal life 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 14th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Dolphin Research Center and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Marathon trip tool .

You can take a bus from Key West to Marathon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In January in Marathon, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial. You'll explore and learn at New York Public Library and American Museum of Natural History. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral, explore the world behind art at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), steep yourself in history at Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Paul's Chapel.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the New York City tour planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Marathon to New York City in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In January, New York City is colder than Marathon - with highs of 5°C and lows of -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
New York Public Library ©
New York Public Library

4
nights
Honolulu, Oahu

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Makapuu Lighthouse Trail and Iolani Palace. Get some cultural insight at Battleship Missouri Memorial and Byodo-In Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Honolulu: Polynesian Cultural Center (in Laie) and Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua). There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, appreciate the history behind USS Arizona Memorial, trek along Koko Crater Railway Trail, and see the interesting displays at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Honolulu fast, fun, and easy.

Getting from New York City to Honolulu by combination of bus and flight takes about 14 hours. Other options: fly. Traveling from New York City to Honolulu, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from New York City in January: high temperatures in Honolulu hover around 32°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Byodo-In Temple, Polynesian Cultural Center, Kailua Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail ©
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail

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