53 days in United States Itinerary

53 days in United States Itinerary

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53 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Poipu, Kauai
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 15​min
5
Lahaina, Maui
— 5 nights
+2
bus + Fly + shuttle:  12​h 30​min
6
Santa Fe
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 45​min
7
Key West
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
8
Marathon
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
9
St. Augustine
— 4 nights
+3
bus + taxi + Fly + bus:  8​h 15​min
10
New York City
— 5 nights
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  9​h
11
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h
End: Brisbane

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 get in some beach time at Sunset Beach Park and Kailua Beach Park. Get some historical perspective at Makapuu Lighthouse Trail and Battleship Missouri Memorial. Explore Honolulu's surroundings by going to Lanikai Beach (in Kailua), Byodo-In Temple (in Kaneohe) and Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea). There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument, examine the collection at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, and have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Honolulu attractions planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Honolulu is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Honolulu is minus 20 hours. December in Honolulu sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Poipu.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kailua, Haleiwa, Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument, Byodo-In Temple
Highlights from your plan
Lanikai Beach ©
Lanikai Beach
Shark Diving
Scuba & Snorkeling

6
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. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Polihale State Park and Salt Pond Beach Park. Get in touch with nature at Shipwreck Beach and Na Pali Coast State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Poipu: Waimea Canyon State Park (in Waimea), Kayaking & Canoeing (in Kapaa) and Wailua Falls (in Lihue). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Kalalau Trail, stroll through Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail, kick back and relax at Poipu Beach Park, and explore and take pictures at Kauai Coffee Company.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Poipu vacation maker tool .

Fly from Honolulu to Poipu in 2.5 hours. December in Poipu sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Poipu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Waimea, Hanalei Beach, Kayaking & Canoeing, Kauai Coffee Company, Salt Pond Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Wailua Falls ©
Wailua Falls
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Na Pali Coast State Park ©
Na Pali Coast State Park

5
nights
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Punalu‘U Beach and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area. Take a break from the city and head to Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and Fishing Charters & Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kailua-Kona: Papakōlea Green Sand Beach (in Naalehu) and Swim with Dolphins (in Waikoloa). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the awesome beauty at Mauna Kea, explore and take pictures at Greenwell Farms, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kailua-Kona itinerary builder website .

Getting from Poipu to Kailua-Kona by flight takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Greenwell Farms, Punalu‘U Beach, Swim with Dolphins, Papakōlea Green Sand Beach, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Punalu‘U Beach ©
Punalu‘U Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
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 some cultural insight at Jagger Museum and Volcano Art Center. Get outdoors at Kīlauea and Kilauea Iki Trailhead. Get out of town with these interesting Hilo side-trips: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), Sulphur Banks, & more). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hilo online day trip planner .

You can drive from Kailua-Kona to Hilo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Hilo when traveling from Kailua-Kona in December, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

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

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kapalua Beach and Napili Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Ho'okipa Beach Park and Wailea Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Lahaina: Kihei (Scuba & Snorkeling & Stand-Up Paddleboarding) and Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park). There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, don't miss a visit to Lahaina Banyan Court, explore the striking landscape at Nakalele Blowhole, and take a stroll through Lahaina Front Street.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Lahaina travel itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Hilo to Lahaina in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December, daytime highs in Lahaina are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Kihei, Haleakala Crater, Nakalele Blowhole, Ho'okipa Beach Park, Kapalua Beach
Highlights from your plan
Ho'okipa Beach Park ©
Ho'okipa Beach Park
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
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.
On the 4th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Loretto Chapel, admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then steep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, then get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, and then see the interesting displays at New Mexico History Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Santa Fe online route planner .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Lahaina to Santa Fe in 12.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Lahaina to Santa Fe, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Lahaina in January: high temperatures in Santa Fe hover around 7°C and lows are around -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

5
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.
Visit Truman Little White House and Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and The Overseas Highway. Spend the 7th (Thu) exploring nature at Dry Tortugas National Park. There's lots more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, learn about all things military at U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Key West travel route planner.

Fly from Santa Fe to Key West in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Santa Fe to Key West, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Santa Fe in January, expect Key West to be much hotter, temps between 28°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Marathon.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Truman Little White House ©
Truman Little White House
Dry Tortugas National Park ©
Dry Tortugas National Park
Fort Zachary Taylor ©
Fort Zachary Taylor

3
nights
Marathon

Marathon ©
A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Fishing Charters & Tours. You'll get in some beach time at Bahia Honda State Park and Sombrero Beach. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Dolphin Research Center and snap pictures at Seven Mile Bridge.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Marathon day trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Key West to Marathon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January in Marathon, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to St. Augustine.

Things to do in Marathon

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

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

4
nights
St. Augustine

St. Augustine ©
SAINT AUGUSTINE | PONTE VEDRA on Florida's Historic Coast The Nation's oldest city (est. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine and St. Augustine Beach. Get some cultural insight at Fort Matanzas National Monument and Lightner Museum. Get out of town with these interesting St. Augustine side-trips: Daytona Beach (Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory & Beach at Daytona Beach), Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum (in Ponce Inlet) and Stetson Mansion (in DeLand). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sea views from St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, Inc., make a trip to St. George Street, sample the fine beverages at St. Augustine Distillery, and examine the collection at The Ximenez-Fatio House.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the St. Augustine online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car from Marathon to St. Augustine in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. In January, St. Augustine is slightly colder than Marathon - with highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in St. Augustine

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Daytona Beach, Stetson Mansion, Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine ©
St. Augustine Beach ©
St. Augustine Beach
Stetson Mansion ©
Stetson Mansion

5
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 some historical perspective at 9/11 Memorial and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Metropolitan Museum of Art and New York Public Library. There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Fifth Avenue, learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History, admire the masterpieces at Frick Collection, and make a trip to Statue of Liberty National Monument.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the New York City day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from St. Augustine to New York City takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, New York City is colder than St. Augustine - with highs of 5°C and lows of -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

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
Frick Collection ©
Frick Collection

3
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Visiting Upper Geyser Basin and Lamar Valley will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Yellowstone National Park and Grand Prismatic Spring. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yellowstone National Park: Big Sky Resort (in Big Sky) and Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center (in West Yellowstone). There's more to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and witness a stunning natural landmark at Solitary Geyser.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and car from New York City to Yellowstone National Park in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from New York City in January: highs in Yellowstone National Park hover around -5°C, while lows dip to -20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Big Sky Resort, Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley
Yellowstone National Park ©
Yellowstone National Park