5 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

5 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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5 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  15​h 15​min
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Hilo
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Kailua-Kona
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

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Hilo

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): see the world from above with a helicopter tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, then take in nature's colorful creations at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, then take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, and finally admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hilo online journey planner .

Washington DC to Hilo is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Hilo is minus 5 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Washington DC in February: high temperatures in Hilo hover around 81°F and lows are around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trip

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
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Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Helicopter Tours
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park ©
Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilauea Iki Trailhead, and then contemplate the geological forces at Kīlauea.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park tour itinerary planning website .

Getting from Hilo to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In February, daytime highs in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)
Kīlauea ©
Kīlauea

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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.
On the 17th (Sun), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Kailua-Kona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Swim with Dolphins
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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