35 days in United States Itinerary

35 days in United States Itinerary

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35 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Lahaina, Maui
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  11​h 30​min
4
Page
— 1 night
+3
shuttle + bus + Fly + shuttle:  11​h 15​min
5
Key Largo
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Marathon
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Key West
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h
8
New York City
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  9​h
9
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
10
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
11
Honolulu, Oahu
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

1
night
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.
On the 26th (Thu), hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, take in the exciting artwork at 2400 Fahrenheit Art Glass, admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Laupahoehoe Beach Park. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Hilo Coffee Mill, then trek along Sulphur Banks, then see the interesting displays at Jagger Museum, and finally explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku).

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hilo driving holiday planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Hilo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Hilo, you'll gain 20 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in December, Hilo is a bit warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Volcano, Hilo Coffee Mill, Laupahoehoe Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)
Sulphur Banks ©
Sulphur Banks

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and Lekeleke Burial Ground. Get outdoors at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Change things up with these side-trips from Kailua-Kona: Punalu‘U Beach (in Pahala) and Papakōlea Green Sand Beach (in Naalehu). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Mauna Kea, view the masterpieces at Kona Henna, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kailua-Kona road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Hilo to Kailua-Kona takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Papakōlea Green Sand Beach, Punalu‘U Beach
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Punalu‘U Beach ©
Punalu‘U Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Haleakala Crater. Get in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Kahekili Beach Park. Get out of town with these interesting Lahaina side-trips: Ho'okipa Beach Park (in Paia), Kalepolepo Beach Park (in Kihei) and Wailea Beach (in Wailea). Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, make a trip to Lahaina Banyan Court, pause for some serene contemplation at Lahaina United Methodist Church, and view the masterpieces at Maui On Metal.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Lahaina trip planner .

You can fly from Kailua-Kona to Lahaina in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Lahaina can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Page.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kihei, Wailea Beach, Ho'okipa Beach Park, Haleakala Crater
Highlights from your plan
Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Zipline
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Page

Page ©
Originally little more than a simple camp constructed to house workers who built a nearby dam on the Colorado River, Page is now a popular stop for travelers preparing a trip to Arizona's canyon country.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take in breathtaking views at The Chains, then take in the dramatic natural features at Paria Canyon Wilderness Area, and then explore the stunning scenery at Antelope Canyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Page online vacation planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Lahaina to Page in 11.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Hawaii Standard Time (HST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 3 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Lahaina in January, with highs in Page at 8°C and lows at -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Key Largo.

Things to do in Page

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Paria Canyon Wilderness Area
Highlights from your plan
Antelope Canyon ©
Antelope Canyon
Photography Tours
The Chains ©
The Chains

1
day
Key Largo

The northernmost island of the Florida Keys, Key Largo provides stunning scenery, a number of watersports opportunities, and plenty of areas to relax on vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Key Largo itinerary maker app .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Page to Key Largo takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Page to Key Largo, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Page in January; daily highs in Key Largo reach 28°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Marathon.

Things to do in Key Largo

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and The Turtle Hospital. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bahia Honda State Park and Sombrero Beach. Step out of Marathon with an excursion to A Lil' Tail Charters in Islamorada--about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Dolphin Research Center and enjoy the sand and surf at Sunset Park Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Marathon travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Key Largo to Marathon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January in Marathon, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Key West.

Things to do in Marathon

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Islamorada, Sunset Park Beach, Bahia Honda State Park
Highlights from your plan
The Turtle Hospital ©
The Turtle Hospital
Fishing Charters & Tours
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park

4
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.
Truman Little White House and The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get outdoors at Fort Zachary Taylor and Fishing Charters & Tours. The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along The Overseas Highway, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, view the masterpieces at KEPart Studio-Gallery, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Key West online trip planner .

You can take a bus from Marathon to Key West in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In January, daytime highs in Key West are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Fort Zachary Taylor ©
Fort Zachary Taylor
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Fishing Charters & Tours

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like 9/11 Memorial and Ellis Island. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History will appeal to museum buffs. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Central Park, explore the world behind art at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument, and take some stellar pictures from Top of the Rock.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the New York City trip maker app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Key West to New York City in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Key West in January; daily highs in New York City reach 5°C and lows reach -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) 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
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
American Museum of Natural History ©

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Solitary Geyser. Get outdoors at Old Faithful and Mount Washburn. Spend the 21st (Tue) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. It doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Lamar Valley and take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park trip planning app .

Getting from New York City to Yellowstone National Park by combination of bus, flight, and car takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Yellowstone National Park is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in January, you will find days in Yellowstone National Park are slightly colder (-5°C), and nights are cooler (-20°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Yellowstone National Park ©
Yellowstone National Park
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 23rd (Thu), explore the galleries of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, then see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, then engage your brain at Exploratorium, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the San Francisco day trip website .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, shuttle, and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Yellowstone National Park in January, with highs in San Francisco at 17°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

3
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 discover tucked-away gems like Swim with Dolphins and Battleship Missouri Memorial. Iolani Palace and USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Honolulu's surroundings by going to Polynesian Cultural Center (in Laie), Ka'ena Point State Park (in Waianae) and Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua). It doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Manoa Falls.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Honolulu vacation builder app .

Getting from San Francisco to Honolulu by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST) is minus 2 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in January: high temperatures in Honolulu hover around 32°C and lows are around 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Waianae, Polynesian Cultural Center, Kailua Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Polynesian Cultural Center ©
Polynesian Cultural Center
Swim with Dolphins
Battleship Missouri Memorial ©
Battleship Missouri Memorial

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