5 days in United States Itinerary

5 days in United States Itinerary

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5 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + Bus:  8 h 30 min
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Kailua-Kona
— Few hours
Drive:  30 min
2
Captain Cook
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Honokaa
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h
4
Hilo
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Ocean View
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: San Francisco

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Scuba & Snorkeling as well as Mauna Kea. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mauna Kea, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then kick back and relax at Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mokuaikaua Church.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona route planning app .

San Francisco to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to Kailua-Kona due to the time zone difference. When traveling from San Francisco in November, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Kailua-Kona: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Captain Cook.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mauna Kea ©
Mauna Kea
Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay) ©
Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)

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Captain Cook

Captain Cook ©
A small town with big ocean views, Captain Cook lies on top of an ancient fault line that was responsible for creating the nearby Kealakekua Bay thousands of years ago.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Papakōlea Green Sand Beach, Adventures in Paradise Kayak & Snorkel and Kealakekua Bay. On the 24th (Sun), explore the activities along Kealakekua Bay, then kick back and relax at Papakōlea Green Sand Beach, and then get active on the water at Adventures in Paradise Kayak & Snorkel.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Captain Cook planning app .

Captain Cook is just a stone's throw from Kailua-Kona. In November, daily temperatures in Captain Cook can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. On the 25th (Mon), you'll travel to Honokaa.

Things to do in Captain Cook

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Papakōlea Green Sand Beach
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Papakōlea Green Sand Beach ©
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach
Kealakekua Bay ©
Kealakekua Bay

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Honokaa

Honokaa ©
Honokaa is a census-designated place (CDP) in the Hamakua District of Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. On the 25th (Mon), admire the verdant scenery at Waipio Valley and then get great views at Waipiʻo Valley Lookout.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Honokaa trip planner .

You can drive from Captain Cook to Honokaa in 2 hours. Traveling from Captain Cook in November, expect nights in Honokaa to be colder, around 46°F, while days are little chillier, around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Honokaa

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Waipio Valley
Highlights from your plan
Waipio Valley ©
Waipio Valley
Waipiʻo Valley Lookout ©
Waipiʻo Valley Lookout

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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.
You've now added Zip Line Through Paradise to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): get interesting insight from Zip Line Through Paradise.

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

Getting from Honokaa to Hilo by car takes about an hour. Traveling from Honokaa in November, you will find days in Hilo are somewhat warmer (82°F), and nights are much hotter (68°F). On the 26th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Hilo

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Liliuokalani Gardens ©
Liliuokalani Gardens
Zip Line Through Paradise ©
Zip Line Through Paradise

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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.
On the 26th (Tue), contemplate the geological forces at Kīlauea and then see the interesting displays at Jagger Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park online trip maker .

You can drive from Hilo to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 68°F. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Wed) before leaving for Ocean View.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Jagger Museum
Highlights from your plan
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Kīlauea ©
Kīlauea
Jagger Museum ©
Jagger Museum

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Ocean View

Ocean View
To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Ocean View holiday site .

Traveling by car from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Ocean View takes 1.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Ocean View can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. On the 27th (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Ocean View

Parks Beaches Nature

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