53 days in Continental USA Itinerary

53 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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53 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly + bus:  36​h
1
Lahaina, Maui
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Honolulu, Oahu
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Waimea, Kauai
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h
6
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
7
New Orleans
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Nashville
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
9
Savannah
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
10
St. Augustine
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
11
Sarasota
— 5 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  6​h 45​min
12
Key West
— 6 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Cape Town

3
nights
Lahaina, Maui

Lahaina ©
Once the booming capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, the tropical paradise of Lahaina still remains one of Maui's top vacation attractions, providing both culture and recreation.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Napili Beach and Lahaina Front Street. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Wailea Beach and Ho'okipa Beach Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park) and Helicopter Tours (in Kahului). There's still lots to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and make a trip to Lahaina Banyan Court.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Lahaina itinerary planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Lahaina is an approximately 36-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time is minus 12 hours. Traveling from Cape Town in December, Lahaina is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Helicopter Tours, Haleakala Crater, Ho'okipa Beach Park, Wailea Beach
Highlights from your plan
Ho'okipa Beach Park ©
Ho'okipa Beach Park
Lahaina Front Street ©
Lahaina Front Street
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Papakōlea Green Sand Beach and Punalu‘U Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and Waipio Valley. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay), get interesting insight from Tours, cruise along Saddle Road, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona road trip website .

Traveling by flight from Lahaina to Kailua-Kona takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Papakōlea Green Sand Beach, Greenwell Farms, Waipio Valley, Punalu‘U Beach, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Punalu‘U Beach ©
Punalu‘U Beach
Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay) ©
Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Hilo Coffee Mill, take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), see the interesting displays at Jagger Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilauea Iki Trailhead, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hilo day trip planning site .

Getting from Kailua-Kona to Hilo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in December, Hilo is little chillier at night with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Jagger Museum, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Hilo Coffee Mill
Highlights from your plan
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Hilo Coffee Mill ©
Hilo Coffee Mill

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lanikai Beach and Kailua Beach Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Makapuu Lighthouse Trail and Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor. Explore Honolulu's surroundings by going to Byodo-In Temple (in Kaneohe), Polynesian Cultural Center (in Laie) and Ko Olina Lagoons (in Kapolei). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, steep yourself in history at Iolani Palace, take a tour of Battleship Missouri Memorial, and explore the different monuments and memorials at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Honolulu attractions website .

Traveling by flight from Hilo to Honolulu takes 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Honolulu can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Waimea.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kailua, Byodo-In Temple, Ko Olina Lagoons, Polynesian Cultural Center
Highlights from your plan
Ko Olina Lagoons ©
Ko Olina Lagoons
Byodo-In Temple ©
Byodo-In Temple
Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor ©

3
nights
Waimea, Kauai

You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Poipu Beach Park and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area. Get out of town with these interesting Waimea side-trips: Kayaking & Canoeing (in Kapaa) and Spouting Horn (in Poipu).

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Waimea day trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Waimea takes 3 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Waimea

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Poipu, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Kayaking & Canoeing, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©

2
nights
Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and Palace of the Governors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Loretto Chapel and Canyon Road. When in Santa Fe, make a side trip to see Rio Grande Gorge Bridge in Taos, approximately 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Museum of International Folk Art, pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, and don't miss a visit to Santa Fe Plaza.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Santa Fe trip builder website .

Getting from Waimea to Santa Fe by flight takes about 11 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone changes from Hawaii Standard Time (HST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. In January, Santa Fe is cooler than Waimea - with highs of 7°C and lows of -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Highlights from your plan
New Mexico History Museum ©
New Mexico History Museum
Palace of the Governors ©
Palace of the Governors
Santa Fe Plaza ©
Santa Fe Plaza

2
nights
New Orleans

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Get a sense of the local culture at Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site and Houmas House Plantation and Gardens. Popular historic sites such as Oak Alley Plantation and Lafayette Cemetery No.1 are in your itinerary. Take a break from New Orleans with a short trip to Whitney Plantation in Wallace, about 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World, take a stroll through Royal Street, explore the world behind art at The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read New Orleans visit planner .

You can fly from Santa Fe to New Orleans in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santa Fe to New Orleans. Traveling from Santa Fe in January, you will find days in New Orleans are somewhat warmer (17°C), and nights are warmer (12°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Nashville.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Vacherie, Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, Whitney Plantation
Highlights from your plan
Whitney Plantation ©
Whitney Plantation
Houmas House Plantation and Gardens ©

5
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage and Carter House. Your inner history buff will appreciate Lotz House Museum and Downtown Franklin. Change things up with these side-trips from Nashville: National Corvette Museum (in Bowling Green) and Carnton (in Franklin). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Belle Meade Plantation, examine the collection at RCA Studio B, get your game on at The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill), and explore the world behind art at Cheekwood.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Nashville trip planning tool .

You can fly from New Orleans to Nashville in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from New Orleans, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Nashville, ranging from highs of 10°C to lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Savannah.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Franklin, National Corvette Museum
Highlights from your plan
Carnton ©
Carnton
Carter House ©
Carter House
Downtown Franklin ©
Downtown Franklin

5
nights
Savannah

Savannah ©
Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters and St. Simons Lighthouse Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Olde Pink House and Fort Pulaski National Monument. Get out of town with these interesting Savannah side-trips: Hilton Head (Coligny Beach & Spas), Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum (in Tybee Island) and Jekyll Island (Jekyll Island Historic District & Driftwood Beach). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Mickve Israel Temple, catch a live performance at Historic Savannah Theatre, learn about all things military at Old Fort Jackson, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Bonaventure Cemetery.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Savannah online day trip planner .

Fly from Nashville to Savannah in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Nashville to Savannah, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, Savannah is a bit warmer than Nashville - with highs of 19°C and lows of 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to St. Augustine.

Things to do in Savannah

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Tybee Island, Jekyll Island, Hilton Head, St. Simons Lighthouse Museum
Highlights from your plan
Mickve Israel Temple ©
Mickve Israel Temple
Colonial Park Cemetery ©
Colonial Park Cemetery
St. Simons Lighthouse Museum ©
St. Simons Lighthouse Museum

5
nights
St. Augustine

St. Augustine ©
SAINT AUGUSTINE | PONTE VEDRA on Florida's Historic Coast The Nation's oldest city (est. You'll explore and learn at Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum and Lightner Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fort Clinch State Park and St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum. Explore St. Augustine's surroundings by going to Beach at Daytona Beach (in Daytona Beach), Stetson Mansion (in DeLand) and Ormond Beach (in Ormond Beach). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Augustine Beach, deepen your understanding at Flagler College, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at St. Augustine Distillery, and visit a coastal fixture at St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, Inc..

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the St. Augustine online trip planner .

Getting from Savannah to St. Augustine by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Savannah in January, St. Augustine is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Sarasota.

Things to do in St. Augustine

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Fort Clinch State Park, Ormond Beach, Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum, Stetson Mansion, Beach at Daytona Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine ©
Ormond Beach ©
Ormond Beach
Lightner Museum ©
Lightner Museum

5
nights
Sarasota

Sarasota ©
Sarasota is a city in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. Relax by the water at Saint Pete Beach and Siesta Beach. Popular historic sites such as Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and Ca d'Zan Mansion are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sarasota: Treasure Island Beach (in Treasure Island), The Dali Museum (in St. Petersburg) and Sunshine Skyway Bridge (in Tampa). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Bowman's Beach, see the interesting displays at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, explore and take pictures at Edison & Ford Winter Estates, and explore the world behind art at The Ringling.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Sarasota visit site .

Getting from St. Augustine to Sarasota by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from St. Augustine in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Sarasota: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Key West.

Things to do in Sarasota

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Sanibel Island, Siesta Beach, Edison and Ford Winter Estates, Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Treasure Island Beach
Highlights from your plan
Caspersen Beach ©
Caspersen Beach
Treasure Island Beach ©
Treasure Island Beach

6
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bahia Honda State Park and Sombrero Beach. Let the collections at U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum and Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum capture your imagination. Step out of Key West to go to Marathon and see The Turtle Hospital, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. Spend the 5th (Wed) exploring nature at Dry Tortugas National Park. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary Star of the Sea, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, take a memorable drive along The Overseas Highway, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Key West sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Sarasota to Key West in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Sarasota in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Key West, with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Marathon, Bahia Honda State Park
Highlights from your plan
Saint Mary Star of the Sea ©
Saint Mary Star of the Sea
Spas

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