46 days in Hawaii & Alaska Itinerary

46 days in Hawaii & Alaska Itinerary

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46 days in Hawaii & Alaska Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Train + Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Volcano, Island of Hawaii
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Kihei, Maui
— 6 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2​h
4
Princeville, Kauai
— 5 nights
Fly + Ferry:  11​h 15​min
5
Ketchikan
— 6 nights
Ferry + Fly:  2​h
6
Sitka
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
7
Homer
— 4 nights
Bus + Taxi:  3​h 45​min
8
Seward
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Anchorage
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Zurich


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6
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Makapuu Lighthouse Trail and The Byodo-In Temple. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sharks Cove and Sunset Beach Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Honolulu: Waimea Bay (in Haleiwa) and Kailua (Lanikai Beach & Kailua Beach Park). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Waikiki Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nuuanu Pali Lookout, and trek along Koko Crater Trail.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Honolulu day trip planning app .

Zurich, Switzerland to Honolulu is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 11 hours traveling from Zurich to Honolulu. In July, Honolulu is somewhat warmer than Zurich - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Volcano.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kailua, Haleiwa, Nu’uanu Pali, Sharks Cove, Byodo-In Temple
Highlights from your plan
Lanikai Beach ©
Lanikai Beach
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail ©
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail

5
nights
Volcano, Island of Hawaii

Volcano ©
Those who named Volcano opted for simplicity in choosing a title, taking the nearby fire-spewing Kilauea as a source of inspiration.
Step out of the city life by going to Kealakekua Bay and Kilauea Iki Trailhead. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zipline and Jagger Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Laupahoehoe Beach Park (in Laupahoehoe), Hilo (Nature & Wildlife Tours & Liliuokalani Gardens) and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), look for gifts at Hilo Coffee Mill, contemplate the geological forces at Kīlauea, and immerse yourself in nature at Punaluu Black Sand Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Volcano trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Honolulu to Volcano takes 4.5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Honolulu in July, with highs in Volcano at 33°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Volcano

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hilo, Kealakekua Bay, Hilo Coffee Mill, Punalu‘U Beach
Highlights from your plan
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)
Punalu‘U Beach ©
Punalu‘U Beach
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead

6
nights
Kihei, Maui

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Ulua Beach and Makena Beach. Get outdoors at Kamaole Beach Park II and Kamaole Beach Park III. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kihei: Kapalua Beach (in Kapalua), Lahaina (Ka'anapali Beach & Napili Beach) and Parasailing & Paragliding (in Ka'anapali). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Wailea Beach, stroll through Keawakapu Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Honolua Bay, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kihei trip maker app .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Volcano to Kihei in 3 hours. In July in Kihei, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Princeville.

Things to do in Kihei

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wailea, Lahaina, Kapalua Beach, Honolua Bay, Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Keawakapu Beach ©
Keawakapu Beach
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach

5
nights
Princeville, Kauai

Princeville ©
Princeville is a 9,000acre, upscale, unincorporated, master-planned community of vacation homes and condos on the north shore of the island of Kauai in Kauai County, Hawaii. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Shipwreck Beach and Tunnels Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Waioli Huiia Church and Menehune Fishpond. Change things up with these side-trips from Princeville: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Koloa), Kauai Coffee Company (in Kalaheo) and Na Pali Coast State Park (in Wainiha). There's much more to do: stroll through Kalalau Trail, take a memorable drive along Hanalei Valley Lookout, and enjoy the sand and surf at Hanalei Beach.

For ratings and more tourist information, read our Princeville trip builder app .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Kihei to Princeville in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Princeville

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kauai, Hanalei, Na Pali Coast State Park, Shipwreck Beach, Ke'e Beach
Highlights from your plan
Tunnels Beach ©
Tunnels Beach
Na Pali Coast State Park ©
Na Pali Coast State Park
Ke'e Beach ©
Ke'e Beach

6
nights
Ketchikan

Ketchikan ©
The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zipline and Kayaking & Canoeing. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Tongass National Forest and Orca Jewels. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Creek Street, browse the exhibits of Totem Heritage Center, step off the mainland to explore Revillagigedo Island, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Ketchikan trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and ferry from Princeville to Ketchikan takes 11.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Princeville to Ketchikan. Traveling from Princeville in August, expect Ketchikan to be cooler, temps between 20°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Misty Fjords National Monument ©
Misty Fjords National Monument
Fishing Charters & Tours
Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary ©
Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary

2
nights
Sitka

Sitka ©
The City and Borough of Sitka, formerly Novo-Arkhangelsk, or New Archangel under Russian rule, is a unified city-borough located on Baranof Island and the southern half of Chichagof Island in the Alexander Archipelago of the Pacific Ocean (part of the Alaska Panhandle), in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Russian Bishop's House, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Fortress of the Bear, look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Raptor Center, and then see the interesting displays at Sheldon Jackson Museum.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Sitka online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Homer.

Things to do in Sitka

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Alaska Raptor Center ©
Alaska Raptor Center
St. Michael's Cathedral ©
St. Michael's Cathedral

4
nights
Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Relax by the water at Homer Spit and Bishop's Beach Park. Museum-lovers will get to explore Norman Lowell Studio & Gallery and Pratt Museum. The adventure continues: learn more about the world around you at Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the exciting artwork at Ptarmigan Arts, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Homer trip maker website .

Getting from Sitka to Homer by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Homer can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. On the 14th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Seward.

Things to do in Homer

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Bishop's Beach Park ©
Bishop's Beach Park
Photography Tours
Homer Spit ©
Homer Spit

5
nights
Seward

For most visitors to this part of the world, the wild part of Alaska starts at Seward, a small port city that takes advantage of the region's natural beauty.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Resurrection Bay and Kayaking & Canoeing. Visiting Exit Glacier and Seward Boat Harbor will get you outdoors. Take a break from Seward with a short trip to Harding Ice Field Trail in Kenai Fjords National Park, about 30 minutes away. Spend the 16th (Thu) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park. There's still lots to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, meet the residents at Alaska SeaLife Center, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Seward trip itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Homer to Seward in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August in Seward, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Anchorage.

Things to do in Seward

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Kenai Fjords National Park
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Exit Glacier ©
Exit Glacier

5
nights
Anchorage

Anchorage ©
Home to nearly half of Alaska's population, the port city of Anchorage covers a staggering area of over 4,900 sq km (1,900 sq mi) surrounded by mountains.
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and Stewart's Photo Shop will appeal to history buffs. Anchorage Museum and Alaska Native Heritage Center are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Anchorage, make a side trip to see Kayaking & Canoeing in Whittier, approximately 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, get engrossed in the history at Alaska Aviation Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Portage Glacier, and take a peaceful walk through Chugach National Forest.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Anchorage road trip website .

You can drive from Seward to Anchorage in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. In August, daytime highs in Anchorage are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kayaking & Canoeing, Chugach National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Flattop Mountain Trail ©
Flattop Mountain Trail
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

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