6 days in South Bend & Island of Hawaii Itinerary

6 days in South Bend & Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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6 days in South Bend & Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Train:  1​h 30​min
1
South Bend
— Few hours
Fly:  13​h 45​min
2
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Kailua-Kona
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Hilo
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Chicago

few
hours
South Bend

South Bend ©
South Bend is a city in and the county seat of St. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in the architecture and design of University of Notre Dame, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sacred Heart, and then make a trip to Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our South Bend driving holiday app .

Chicago to South Bend is an approximately 1.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to South Bend. Traveling from Chicago in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in South Bend, with lows of 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in South Bend

Historic Sites
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Basilica of the Sacred Heart ©
Basilica of the Sacred Heart
University of Notre Dame ©
University of Notre Dame
Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes ©
Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes

1
night
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 4th (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then examine the collection at Jagger Museum, and finally get impressive views of Kīlauea.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hawaii Volcanoes National Park online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from South Bend to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park by flight takes about 14 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from South Bend to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Traveling from South Bend in July, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Jagger Museum
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Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)
Kīlauea ©
Kīlauea

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nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mokuaikaua Church, and then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. Here are some ideas for day two: cast your line with a fishing tour and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Kailua-Kona takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Kailua-Kona can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
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Swim with Dolphins
Fishing Charters & Tours

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nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, and finally admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hilo holiday planner .

You can drive from Kailua-Kona to Hilo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Hilo, with lows of 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Tours Wildlife

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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