9 days in San Francisco & Hawaii Itinerary

9 days in San Francisco & Hawaii Itinerary

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9 days in San Francisco & Hawaii Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  8​h 45​min
2
Hana, Maui
— 1 night
Drive + Bus:  2​h 30​min
3
Lahaina, Maui
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Honolulu, Oahu
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  13​h 45​min
End: New York City

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes California Academy of Sciences. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, then take in panoramic vistas at Coit Tower, then go for a walk through Lombard Street, and finally get curious at California Academy of Sciences. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, then explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, and then make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read San Francisco road trip site .

New York City to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. In April, San Francisco is somewhat warmer than New York City - with highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hana.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

1
night
Hana, Maui

Hana ©
Hana is one of the most isolated communities in Hawaii, with a permanent population of just over 1,000 people.
On your second day here, learn about winemaking at Maui Wine, Ulupalakua Vineyards, ride a horse along Pipiwai Trail, and then get impressive views of Haleakala Crater.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hana trip planning website .

Getting from San Francisco to Hana by combination of flight and car takes about 9 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of train, flight, and car. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to Hana due to the time zone difference. In May, Hana is somewhat warmer than San Francisco - with highs of 86°F and lows of 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Hana

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Haleakala National Park, Maui Wine, Ulupalakua Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): walk around Lahaina Banyan Court, observe the fascinating underwater world at Maui Ocean Center, and then immerse yourself in nature at Iao Valley. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Mon): stroll through Ka'anapali Beach and then discover the deep blue sea with Sammy Scuba Diving.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Lahaina trip maker website .

Do a combination of car and bus from Hana to Lahaina in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Hana in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Lahaina: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 70°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Wailuku
Highlights from your plan
Lahaina Banyan Court ©
Lahaina Banyan Court
Maui Ocean Center ©
Maui Ocean Center
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): stroll the grounds of USS Arizona Memorial, then take in the dramatic scenery at Manoa Falls, and then identify plant and animal life at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument and then enjoy the sand and surf at Waikiki Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Honolulu online trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Lahaina to Honolulu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In May, daytime highs in Honolulu are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument

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