4 days in California & Hawaii Itinerary

4 days in California & Hawaii Itinerary

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San Diego
— 1 day
Honolulu, Oahu
— 2 nights


San Diego

America's Finest City

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
On the 28th (Thu), zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Mission Beach Boardwalk, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ocean Beach Dog Beach.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego trip planner.

Newark to San Diego is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to San Diego is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Newark in November, expect San Diego to be somewhat warmer, temps between 73°F and 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Honolulu, Oahu

Big Pineapple

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
On the 29th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Sans Souci Beach Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kaimana Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Augustine by-the-Sea, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Andrew's Cathedral. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Queen Emma Summer Palace, kick back and relax at Shark's Cove, and then appreciate the history behind Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Honolulu road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Honolulu takes 8 hours. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST) is minus 2 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in November: high temperatures in Honolulu hover around 84°F and lows are around 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

California travel guide

Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.

Hawaii travel guide

Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Zipline
The Aloha State
An archipelago of hundreds of volcanic islands located in a geological hot spot in the middle of Pacific, Hawaii offers diverse natural scenery and a warm tropical climate. The six major islands open to tourism draw visitors with their sun-drenched public beaches and craggy natural trails. Thanks to their mid-Pacific location, the islands boast a vibrant native culture influenced by both North America and Asia. You can spend your vacation basking in the modern comforts of the big hotels, but to experience the true spirit of these islands, remember that real Hawaiians live outdoors. Encounter nature by surfing, swimming, fishing, and picnicking, or join a guided tour across the ancient lava flows to the top of Hawaii's rugged volcanic peaks.