45 days in United States Itinerary

45 days in United States Itinerary

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45 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Poipu, Kauai
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Kihei, Maui
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  13​h
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Sedona
— 5 nights
Taxi + Fly:  10​h 45​min
7
Key West
— 4 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
8
Marathon, Florida Keys
— 4 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
9
Savannah
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  5​h 15​min
10
New York City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

5
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. Visit Hanalei Beach and Poipu Beach Park for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at Kayaking & Canoeing and Waimea Canyon State Park. Step out of Poipu to go to Hanalei and see Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, kick back and relax at Moloa'a beach, stop by Talk Story Bookstore, and explore the striking landscape at Makawehi Bluff.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Poipu trip planning app .

Washington DC to Poipu is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of train, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Washington DC to Poipu. Traveling from Washington DC in December, things will get much warmer in Poipu: highs are around 79°F and lows about 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Poipu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hanalei, Hanapepe, Kayaking & Canoeing, Moloa'a Beach, Waimea Canyon State Park
Highlights from your plan
Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park
Waimea Canyon State Park ©
Waimea Canyon State Park
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
nights
Kihei, Maui

Kihei ©
Stretching over 9.7 km (6 mi) of pristine south Maui coastline, Kihei is the island's driest and sunniest region, making it a perfect location for water activities and beach leisure.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wailea Beach and Haleakala Crater. Relax by the water at Napili Beach and Po'olenalena Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kihei: Lahaina (Lahaina Front Street, Ka'anapali Beach, & more). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Ulua Beach, stroll through Kalepolepo Beach Park, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kihei trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Poipu to Kihei takes 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Kihei are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Kihei

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Lahaina, Wailea, Haleakala Crater
Highlights from your plan
Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach
Napili Beach ©
Napili Beach

4
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.
Get outdoors at Akaka Falls State Park and Kaimu Beach Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Jagger Museum and 2400 Fahrenheit Art Glass. Venture out of the city with trips to Laupahoehoe Beach Park (in Laupahoehoe), Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Kilauea Iki Trailhead, Kulanaokuaiki Campground, & more) and Volcano Garden Arts (in Volcano). There's still lots to do: stop by Hilo Coffee Mill, take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, enjoy the sand and surf at Carlsmith Beach Park, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hilo trip itinerary app .

Getting from Kihei to Hilo by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. In January in Hilo, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Volcano, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Laupahoehoe Beach Park, Hilo Coffee Mill, Kaimu Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Kulanaokuaiki Campground ©
Kulanaokuaiki Campground

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Mauna Kea. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Papakōlea Green Sand Beach and Kahaluu Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Kailua-Kona side-trips: Paradise Meadows Orchard & Bee Farm Home of Hawaii's Local Buzz (in Naalehu), Kona Pacific Farmers Cooperative (in Captain Cook) and Honaunau (Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park & Honaunau Bay). Next up on the itinerary: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and kick back and relax at Mauna Kea Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona trip maker tool .

Drive from Hilo to Kailua-Kona in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Kailua-Kona can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Honaunau, Naalehu, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Kona Pacific Farmers Cooperative, Mauna Kea Beach
Highlights from your plan
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach ©
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach

4
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. Get outdoors at Grand Canyon National Park and Rim Trail. On the 15th (Tue), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Pima Point, hike along Tonto Trail, and pause for some photo ops at Powell Point.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Kailua-Kona to Grand Canyon National Park takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. The time zone changes from Hawaii Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Kailua-Kona in January; daily highs in Grand Canyon National Park reach 44°F and lows reach 15°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Page
Highlights from your plan
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Antelope Canyon ©
Antelope Canyon

5
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Get some historical perspective at Walnut Canyon National Monument and Chapel of the Holy Cross. Explore hidden gems such as Cathedral Rock and Bell Rock. Explore Sedona's surroundings by going to Strawberry School House (in Strawberry), Painted Desert (in Petrified Forest National Park) and V-Bar-V Heritage Site (in Rimrock). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), trek along Devil's Bridge Trail, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and admire all the interesting features of Oak Creek Canyon.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Sedona holiday tool .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in January, you will find days in Sedona are a bit warmer (54°F), and nights are much warmer (37°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Painted Desert, Walnut Canyon National Monument, V-Bar-V Heritage Site, Strawberry School House
Highlights from your plan
Oak Creek Canyon ©
Oak Creek Canyon
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Devil's Bridge Trail ©
Devil's Bridge Trail

4
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.
Appreciate the collections at Truman Little White House and Key West Firehouse Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fort Zachary Taylor and Fort Jefferson. Change things up with a short trip to Little Africa in Dry Tortugas National Park (about 1h 40 min away). Spend the 22nd (Tue) exploring nature at Dry Tortugas National Park. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along The Overseas Highway, identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, cast your line with a fishing tour, and enjoy the sea views from Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Key West road trip planning site .

Getting from Sedona to Key West by combination of taxi and flight takes about 11 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 2 hours. In January, Key West is much hotter than Sedona - with highs of 76°F and lows of 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to Marathon.

Things to do in Key West

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Dry Tortugas National Park
Highlights from your plan
Dry Tortugas National Park ©
Dry Tortugas National Park
Fort Zachary Taylor ©
Fort Zachary Taylor
Fishing Charters & Tours

4
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Bahia Honda State Park and Sombrero Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Turtle Hospital and Scuba & Snorkeling. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marathon: Islamorada (Old Road Gallery & Fishing Charters & Tours) and Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (in Tavernier). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Dolphin Research Center.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Marathon day trip site .

Take a bus from Key West to Marathon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January in Marathon, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Savannah.

Things to do in Marathon

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

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

1
night
Savannah

Savannah ©
Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
On the 30th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, then wander the streets of Savannah Historic District, and then stroll through Coligny Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Fort Pulaski National Monument, stroll through Tybee Island Beach, and then stroll the grounds of Bonaventure Cemetery.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Savannah trip maker site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Marathon to Savannah takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Marathon in January: highs in Savannah hover around 61°F, while lows dip to 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Savannah

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Tybee Island, Coligny Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist ©
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
Bonaventure Cemetery ©
Bonaventure Cemetery
Coligny Beach ©
Coligny Beach

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History. Appreciate the collections at 9/11 Memorial and Ellis Island. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Fifth Avenue, admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Statue of Liberty National Monument.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the New York City trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Savannah to New York City in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect colder weather when traveling from Savannah in February: highs in New York City hover around 46°F, while lows dip to 29°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)