36 days in United States Itinerary

36 days in United States Itinerary

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36 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  12​h
1
Honolulu
— 10 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
2
Chicago
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Las Vegas
— 9 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Santa Monica
— 9 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Auckland

10
nights
Honolulu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Escape the urban bustle at Waikiki Beach and Swim with Dolphins. For shopping fun, head to Polynesian Cultural Center or Pakaloha Bikinis - Oahu. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Honolulu: Kailua (Kailua Beach Park & Lanikai Beach), Makaha Beach Park (in Waianae) and Haleiwa (Waimea Bay, Sunset Beach Park, & more). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, immerse yourself in nature at Malaekahana State Recreation Area, browse the different shops at Ala Moana Center, and explore the gorgeous colors at Banzai Pipeline.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Honolulu trip itinerary site .

Auckland, New Zealand to Honolulu is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST) is minus 22 hours. Traveling from Auckland in November, things will get a bit warmer in Honolulu: highs are around 34°C and lows about 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Oahu, Pupukea, Kailua, Kahuku
Highlights from your plan
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve ©
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park

6
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Visiting Swallow Cliff Stairs and Busse Woods Trail System will get you outdoors. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Magnificent Mile and Oh Olive. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chicago: Little Red Schoolhouse (in Willow Springs), Hawthorn Hollow - Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum (in Kenosha) and Grant Park (in South Milwaukee). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium, get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, and take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Chicago tour builder app .

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Chicago takes 11.5 hours. Traveling from Honolulu to Chicago, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Honolulu in December, with highs in Chicago at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Busse Woods Trail System, Hawthorn Hollow - Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum, Swallow Cliff Stairs, Grant Park, Ernest Hemingway Birthplace
Highlights from your plan
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile
Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary ©
Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary

9
nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Take a break from the city and head to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Escape Adventures and Las Vegas Cyclery. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Strip and The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Las Vegas: Grapevine Mesa Joshua Trees (in Meadview), Boulder City (Winged Figures of the Republic Statues & Hoover Dam) and Crafthaus Brewery (in Henderson). There's much more to do: admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, immerse yourself in nature at Valley of Fire State Park, identify plant and animal life at Little Finland, and see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Las Vegas trip site .

Fly from Chicago to Las Vegas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Chicago to Las Vegas. Traveling from Chicago in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Las Vegas: highs are around 16°C and lows about 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Boulder City, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Crafthaus Brewery, The Virgin River Canyon Recreation Area, Grapevine Mesa Joshua Trees
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park

9
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Get outdoors at Santa Monica Mountains and Running Horse Ranch. Head to Santa Monica Farmers Market and Bergamot Stationfor some retail therapy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Monica: Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve (in Carpinteria), Fillmore Fish Hatchery (in Fillmore) and Arthur B. Ripley Desert Woodland State Park (in Lancaster). There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, grab your bike and head to South Bay Bicycle Trail, and get a taste of the local shopping with Montana Avenue.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Las Vegas to Santa Monica in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Las Vegas in December: high temperatures in Santa Monica hover around 22°C and lows are around 11°C. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Malibu, Beverly Hills, Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens, Torrance Beach, Arthur B. Ripley Desert Woodland State Park
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Manhattan Beach ©
Manhattan Beach

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