36 days in United States Itinerary

36 days in United States Itinerary

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1
Poipu, Kauai
— 3 nights
2
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 4 nights
3
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
4
Lahaina, Maui
— 4 nights
5
Page
— 3 nights
6
Santa Fe
— 1 night
7
Key West
— 3 nights
8
Marathon
— 2 nights
9
New York City
— 3 nights
10
Honolulu, Oahu
— 4 nights

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. Get outdoors at Waimea Canyon State Park and Kayaking & Canoeing. Step off the beaten path and head to Poipu Beach Park and Kalalau Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Poipu: Wailua Falls (in Lihue), Hanalei Beach (in Hanalei) and Na Pali Coast State Park (in Wainiha). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Spouting Horn and take in the dramatic scenery at Opaekaa Falls.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Poipu trip planning website.

Sydney, Australia to Poipu is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll gain 20 hours traveling from Sydney to Poipu due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Poipu are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Poipu

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kauai, Wailua Falls, Hanalei Beach, Na Pali Coast State Park, Kayaking & Canoeing
Highlights from your plan
Waimea Canyon State Park ©
Waimea Canyon State Park
Na Pali Coast State Park ©
Na Pali Coast State Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

4
nights
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

Kailua-Kona ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Fishing Charters & Tours. Get in touch with nature at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and Dolphin & Whale Watching. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Mauna Kea, experience rural life at Greenwell Farms, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Poipu to Kailua-Kona takes 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Greenwell Farms, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park ©
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Fishing Charters & Tours

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.
Start 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, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, and finally admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): cruise along Devastation Trail, explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hilo trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Kailua-Kona to Hilo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Hilo when traveling from Kailua-Kona in December, with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Jagger Museum
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Haleakala Crater and Lahaina Front Street. Escape the urban bustle at Napili Beach and Zipline. Change things up with these side-trips from Lahaina: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Kihei) and Ho'okipa Beach Park (in Paia). And it doesn't end there: walk around Lahaina Banyan Court, pause for some serene contemplation at Maria Lanakila Catholic Church, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Maui Ocean Center.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Lahaina journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Hilo to Lahaina takes 3.5 hours. December in Lahaina sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time for travel to Page.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Maui Ocean Center, Haleakala Crater, Ho'okipa Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Ho'okipa Beach Park ©
Ho'okipa Beach Park
Lahaina Front Street ©
Lahaina Front Street

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.
Visiting Bright Angel Trail and Grand Canyon South Rim will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Antelope Canyon and Photography Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park (in Monument Valley) and Grand Canyon National Park (Bright Angel Point & Lipan Point).

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Page trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Lahaina to Page takes 11.5 hours. Traveling from Lahaina to Page, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Lahaina in January, with highs in Page at °C and lows at °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
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

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, thensteep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere 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 8th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, thenget to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at ten thousand waves.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Santa Fe travel route planner.

You can fly from Page to Santa Fe in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Page in January since evenings lows in Santa Fe dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Spas Parks
Highlights from your plan
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fort Zachary Taylor and U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum. Visiting Dry Tortugas National Park and The Overseas Highway will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Truman Little White House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Key West Garden Club, visit a coastal fixture at Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum, and examine the collection at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum.

To see photos and other tourist information, go to the Key West attractions site.

Traveling by flight from Santa Fe to Key West takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe to Key West, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Santa Fe in January, with highs in Key West at °C and lows at °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car 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
Fishing Charters & Tours

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.
On the 13th (Mon), kick back and relax at Sombrero Beach, thenidentify plant and animal life at The Turtle Hospital, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bahia Honda State Park. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Dolphin Research Center and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Marathon online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Key West to Marathon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in January, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Marathon

Outdoors Parks 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 The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). You'll discover tucked-away gems like St. Patrick's Cathedral and New York Public Library. The adventure continues: examine the collection at 9/11 Memorial, snap pictures at Brooklyn Bridge, take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, and steep yourself in history at Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, read our New York City driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Marathon to New York City in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In January, New York City is colder than Marathon - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time 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
New York Public Library ©
New York Public Library
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

4
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.
Iolani Palace and Battleship Missouri Memorial are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Koko Crater Railway Trail and Makapuu Lighthouse Trail will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honolulu: Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua), Byodo-In Temple (in Kaneohe) and Polynesian Cultural Center (in Laie). There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at USS Arizona Memorial, see the interesting displays at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Honolulu online tour itinerary planner.

Fly from New York City to Honolulu in 14 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST) is minus 5 hours. Traveling from New York City in January, things will get warmer in Honolulu: highs are around °C and lows about °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

Kailua Beach Park, Byodo-In Temple, Polynesian Cultural Center
Highlights from your plan
Iolani Palace ©
Iolani Palace
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail ©
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park

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