53 days in United States Itinerary

53 days in United States Itinerary

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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:  3 h 15 min
5
Lahaina, Maui
— 5 nights
Fly:  12 h 30 min
6
Santa Fe
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h 45 min
7
Key West
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Marathon
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
9
St. Augustine
— 4 nights
Fly:  8 h 15 min
10
New York City
— 5 nights
Fly:  9 h
11
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Iolani Palace and Makapuu Lighthouse Trail. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Kailua Beach Park and Waikiki Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Honolulu side-trips: Byodo-In Temple (in Kaneohe), Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Shark Diving) and Lanikai Beach (in Kailua). There's lots more to do: hike along Koko Crater Railway Trail, pause for some photo ops at Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument, steep yourself in history at Battleship Missouri Memorial, and explore the different monuments and memorials at USS Arizona Memorial.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Honolulu trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Honolulu is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Honolulu is minus 20 hours. In December in Honolulu, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Poipu.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kailua, Byodo-In Temple, Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument
Highlights from your plan
Iolani Palace ©
Iolani Palace
Shark Diving
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park

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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Waimea Canyon State Park and Poipu Beach Park. Get in touch with nature at Kayaking & Canoeing and Kalalau Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Poipu: Polihale State Park (in Waimea), Na Pali Coast State Park (in Wainiha) and Wailua Falls (in Lihue). The adventure continues: trek along Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail, relax in the rural setting at Kauai Coffee Company, take in the dramatic natural features at Spouting Horn, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Salt Pond Beach Park.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Poipu day trip website.

Getting from Honolulu to Poipu by flight takes about 3 hours. In December in Poipu, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Poipu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Waimea, Kalalau Trail, Kauai Coffee Company, Hanalei Beach, Kayaking & Canoeing
Highlights from your plan
Polihale State Park ©
Polihale State Park
Na Pali Coast State Park ©
Na Pali Coast State Park
Waimea Canyon State Park ©
Waimea Canyon State Park

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Papakōlea Green Sand Beach and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Punalu‘U Beach and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area. Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get interesting insight from Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and experience rural life at Greenwell Farms.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kailua-Kona trip planner.

You can fly from Poipu to Kailua-Kona in 3 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Kailua-Kona can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. On the 26th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Punalu‘U Beach, Greenwell Farms, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Papakōlea Green Sand Beach, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park ©
Punalu‘U Beach ©
Punalu‘U Beach
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Jagger Museum and Volcano Art Center Gallery. Step off the beaten path and head to Akaka Falls State Park and Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden. Get out of town with these interesting Hilo side-trips: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Kilauea Iki Trailhead, Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls.

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Traveling by car from Kailua-Kona to Hilo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in December, Hilo is slightly colder at night with lows of 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, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Jagger Museum
Highlights from your plan
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden ©
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Haleakala Crater and Napili Beach. Visiting Ho'okipa Beach Park and Kapalua Beach will get you outdoors. Explore Lahaina's surroundings by going to Scuba & Snorkeling (in Kihei) and Wailea Beach (in Wailea). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Nakalele Blowhole, walk around Lahaina Banyan Court, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Lahaina sightseeing planner.

Fly from Hilo to Lahaina in 3.5 hours. December in Lahaina sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Nakalele Blowhole, Scuba & Snorkeling, Kapalua Beach, Ho'okipa Beach Park, Wailea Beach
Highlights from your plan
Ho'okipa Beach Park ©
Ho'okipa Beach Park
Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach

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, thenexplore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, thendon't miss a visit to Santa Fe Plaza, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Museum of International Folk Art, appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, and then see the interesting displays at New Mexico History Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe road trip planning site.

Fly from Lahaina to Santa Fe in 12.5 hours. The time zone changes from Hawaii Standard Time (HST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Traveling from Lahaina in January, expect Santa Fe to be much colder, temps between 7°C and -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Truman Little White House and The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fort Zachary Taylor and Dry Tortugas National Park. And it doesn't end there: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, explore and take pictures at The Overseas Highway, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and learn about all things military at U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum.

Start your trip to Key West by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can fly from Santa Fe to Key West in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe to Key West, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Santa Fe in January, things will get much hotter in Key West: highs are around 28°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Dolphin Research Center will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as The Turtle Hospital and Seven Mile Bridge. Go for a jaunt from Marathon to Islamorada to see Fishing Charters & Tours about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Bahia Honda State Park, examine the collection at Crane Point Museum & Nature Center, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sombrero Beach.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Marathon tour builder app.

You can drive from Key West to Marathon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in January, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive 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 ©
St. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at St. Augustine Beach and Beach at Daytona Beach. Get some cultural insight at St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, Inc. and Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum. Get out of town with these interesting St. Augustine side-trips: Stetson Mansion (in DeLand) and Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory (in Daytona Beach). Spend the 18th (Mon) exploring nature at Fort Matanzas National Monument. There's still lots to do: sample the fine beverages at St. Augustine Distillery, identify plant and animal life at St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, see the interesting displays at Lightner Museum, and don't miss a visit to St. George Street.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our St. Augustine trip planner.

You can drive from Marathon to St. Augustine in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Marathon in January, with highs in St. Augustine at 21°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to 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
St. Augustine Distillery ©
St. Augustine Distillery
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.
Appreciate the collections at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and New York Public Library. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fifth Avenue and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral, pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, stroll through Central Park, and make a trip to Ellis Island.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our New York City trip app.

You can fly from St. Augustine to New York City in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from St. Augustine in January: high temperatures in New York City hover around 5°C and lows are around -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough 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
New York Public Library ©
New York Public Library
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Big Sky Resort and Upper Geyser Basin. Get outdoors at Lamar Valley and Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. Spend the 28th (Thu) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful and take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park trip planner.

You can fly from New York City to Yellowstone National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car. 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

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