37 days in United States Itinerary

37 days in United States Itinerary

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37 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly + Bus:  13​h 45​min
1
Lahaina, Maui
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  11​h 30​min
3
Moab
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Page
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
5
Key West
— 4 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Marathon, Florida Keys
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
7
Hilton Head
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  6​h 15​min
8
Gatlinburg
— 5 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
9
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  22​h
End: Auckland

3
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.
Get outdoors at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Ho'okipa Beach Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Parasailing & Paragliding and Scuba & Snorkeling. Step out of Lahaina with an excursion to Haleakala Crater in Haleakala National Park--about 1h 50 min away. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Napili Beach, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and make a trip to Lahaina Banyan Court.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lahaina travel route planning app .

Auckland, New Zealand to Lahaina is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Lahaina is minus 22 hours. When traveling from Auckland in August, plan for much warmer days in Lahaina, with highs around 35°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Ho'okipa Beach Park, Scuba & Snorkeling, Haleakala Crater, Parasailing & Paragliding
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Ho'okipa Beach Park ©
Ho'okipa Beach Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Fishing Charters & Tours. Get in touch with nature at Swim with Dolphins and Liliuokalani Gardens. Venture out of the city with trips to Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau) and Hilo (Rainbow Falls & Akaka Falls State Park). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Saddle Road, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mauna Kea, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona road trip site .

Traveling by flight from Lahaina to Kailua-Kona takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Moab.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Hilo, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©

3
nights
Moab

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Canyonlands National Park and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Get outdoors at Delicate Arch and Colorado National Monument. There's more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and admire the majestic nature at Dead Horse Point State Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Moab trip maker app .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Kailua-Kona to Moab in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight, train, and car. The time zone difference moving from Hawaii Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 3 hours. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Moab, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive to Page.

Things to do in Moab

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Delicate Arch, Colorado National Monument
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch

4
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 out of the city life by going to Navajo/Queens Garden Loop and Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and Glen Canyon Dam Overlook. Get out of town with these interesting Page side-trips: Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park (in Monument Valley) and Inspiration Point (in Bryce Canyon National Park). It doesn't end there: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour and take in breathtaking views at Antelope Canyon.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Page journey planner.

Getting from Moab to Page by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Moab in August since evenings lows in Page dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Page

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Bryce Canyon National Park, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop
Antelope Canyon ©
Antelope Canyon
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©

4
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Scuba & Snorkeling. Spend the 6th (Fri) exploring nature at Dry Tortugas National Park. The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum, make a trip to Truman Little White House, contemplate the long history of Fort Zachary Taylor, and explore and take pictures at The Overseas Highway.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Key West road trip planning website .

You can fly from Page to Key West in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 2 hours. Traveling from Page in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Key West, with lows around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Marathon.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

2
nights
Marathon, Florida Keys

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 10th (Tue), kick back and relax at Sombrero Beach, identify plant and animal life at The Turtle Hospital, and then immerse yourself in nature at Bahia Honda State Park. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Dolphin Research Center and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Marathon attractions planner .

You can take a bus from Key West to Marathon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hilton Head.

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
Dolphin Research Center ©
Dolphin Research Center
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
Hilton Head

A Hilton Head vacation may be heaven for a golfer, but the area also offers all kinds of other options for sports fans.
Step out of the city life by going to Hilton Head Island Bike Trails and Speed Boats Tours. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sea Pines Forest Preserve and Fishing Charters & Tours. There's still lots to do: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and stroll through Coligny Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hilton Head trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Marathon to Hilton Head in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Marathon in September, things will get little chillier in Hilton Head: highs are around 34°C and lows about 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Fishing Charters & Tours
Sea Pines Forest Preserve ©
Sea Pines Forest Preserve

5
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Clingmans Dome and River Rafting & Tubing. Visiting Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and Mingo Falls will get you outdoors. Step out of Gatlinburg to go to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and see Cades Cove, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, experience the excitement of Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster, and sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Gatlinburg road trip planning website .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Hilton Head to Gatlinburg in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Gatlinburg when traveling from Hilton Head in September, with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge, River Rafting & Tubing, Blue Ridge Pkwy, Mingo Falls
Highlights from your plan
Mingo Falls ©
Mingo Falls
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

3
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Grand Prismatic Spring and Horseback Riding Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. There's more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin and trek along Artist Point.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park road trip site .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and car from Gatlinburg to Yellowstone National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, shuttle, and car; or drive. Traveling from Gatlinburg to Yellowstone National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Gatlinburg in September, things will get much colder in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 18°C and lows about 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, Horseback Riding Tours
Highlights from your plan
Artist Point ©
Artist Point
Upper Geyser Basin ©
Upper Geyser Basin
Horseback Riding Tours

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