7 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

7 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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Hilo

— 5 nights

America's Wettest City

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.
Shop till you drop at Volcano Art Center Gallery and Basically Books. Visiting Swim with Dolphins and Rainbow Falls will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hilo: Kilauea Iki Trailhead (in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park), Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako) and Puukohola National Historic Park (in Kawaihae). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, browse the fresh offerings at Hilo Farmers Market, and enjoy the sand and surf at Carlsmith Beach Park.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hilo road trip planning app.

Detroit to Hilo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Detroit to Hilo. Traveling from Detroit in August, Hilo is a bit warmer at night with lows of 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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Island of Hawaii travel guide

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Swim with Dolphins · Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches
The Big Island
Aptly nicknamed the "Big Island," the Island of Hawaii features sunny, black-sand beaches on the western side by Kona and a tropical rain forest on the eastern by Hilo. In between, the massive mountain Maunaloa covers half the island, and Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, erupts continuously. Twice as large as all the other Hawaiian Islands combined, this big chunk of land in the Pacific manages to retain a laid-back atmosphere despite its immense popularity with tourists. Instead of spending your entire vacation at one of the island's luxurious tourist resorts, go on tours of this Pacific haven's coffee and macadamia nut plantations and working ranches, or explore its nature reserves and rugged trails.