24 days in Hawaii, California & Nevada Itinerary

24 days in Hawaii, California & Nevada Itinerary

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24 days in Hawaii, California & Nevada Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Kihei, Maui
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Poipu, Kauai
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Hanalei, Kauai
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  12​h 15​min
7
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Drive:  8​h
8
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Seattle

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.
On the 13th (Thu), hike along Koko Crater Railway Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Iolani Palace, explore the different monuments and memorials at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, then see the interesting displays at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, and finally fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Honolulu trip builder app .

Seattle to Honolulu is an approximately 8-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Seattle to Honolulu due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Seattle in December, with highs in Honolulu at 82°F and lows at 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lanikai Beach, Swim with Dolphins, Byodo-In Temple
Highlights from your plan
Koko Crater Railway Trail ©
Koko Crater Railway Trail
Swim with Dolphins
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail ©
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail

3
nights
Kihei, Maui

Stretching over 9.7 km (6 mi) of pristine south Maui coastline, Kihei is the island's driest and sunniest region, making it a perfect location for water activities and beach leisure.
Step off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Napili Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kihei: Lahaina (Lahaina Banyan Court & Lahaina Front Street) and Zipline (in Ka'anapali). There's still lots to do: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and meet the residents at Maui Ocean Center.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kihei trip itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Honolulu to Kihei in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. In December in Kihei, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Kihei

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Lahaina, Maui Ocean Center, Helicopter Tours
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Napili Beach ©
Napili Beach

2
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.
On the 19th (Wed), admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, see the interesting displays at Jagger Museum, look for gifts at Hilo Coffee Mill, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Basically Books, and finally admire the majestic nature at Akaka Falls State Park. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, then don't miss a visit to Cooper Center, then trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku).

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

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kihei to Hilo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in December, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Volcano, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Hilo Coffee Mill
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

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mauna Kea and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Explore Kailua-Kona's surroundings by going to Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau) and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako). There's much more to do: cruise along Saddle Road, take in the pleasant sights at Kipuka Pu’u Huluhulu, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and experience rural life at Greenwell Farms.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Kailua-Kona trip maker website .

Getting from Hilo to Kailua-Kona by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in December, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Poipu.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Greenwell Farms
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mauna Kea ©
Mauna Kea
Greenwell Farms ©
Greenwell Farms

2
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. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Spouting Horn, then experience rural life at Kauai Coffee Company, then look for all kinds of wild species at Huleia National Wildlife Refuge, and finally admire the sheer force of Wailua Falls. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Shipwreck Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Poipu Beach Park, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Poipu online trip maker .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Kailua-Kona to Poipu in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in December, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Hanalei.

Things to do in Poipu

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kauai Coffee Company, Huleia National Wildlife Refuge, Scuba & Snorkeling, Wailua Falls
Highlights from your plan
Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park
Wailua Falls ©
Wailua Falls
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Hanalei, Kauai

Hanalei ©
Hanalei is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Na Pali Coast State Park and Hanalei Beach. Step out of Hanalei with an excursion to Kayaking & Canoeing in Kapaa--about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Kalalau Trail, examine the collection at Waioli Mission House, stroll through Hanakapi`ai Trail, and explore and take pictures at Pu'u o Kila Lookout.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hanalei travel route planner.

You can drive from Poipu to Hanalei in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in December, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Hanalei

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kauai, Princeville, Kayaking & Canoeing, Na Pali Coast State Park
Highlights from your plan
Na Pali Coast State Park ©
Na Pali Coast State Park
Kalalau Trail ©
Kalalau Trail
Hanalei Beach ©
Hanalei Beach

2
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Step off the beaten path and head to Food Tours and Tunnel View. Get out of town with these interesting Yosemite National Park side-trips: June Mountain (in June Lake) and Columns of the Giants (in Pinecrest). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, explore the activities along Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park online trip maker .

Getting from Hanalei to Yosemite National Park by combination of taxi and flight takes about 12.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Hanalei to Yosemite National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Hanalei in December, things will get cooler in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 46°F and lows about 14°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Food Tours, June Mountain, Columns of the Giants
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tunnel View ©
Tunnel View
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, then take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, and then don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine, steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works, then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, and finally take some stellar pictures from Dante's View.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park holiday builder tool .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 58°F by day to 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point

3
nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Valley of Fire State Park and The Neon Museum. Step out of Las Vegas with an excursion to Helicopter Tours in Boulder City--about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: have fun at Battlefield Vegas, take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas, look for gifts at Las Vegas North Premium Outlets, and try to win big at Wynn Las Vegas.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Las Vegas visit website .

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Las Vegas can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Fun & Games Museums Parks

Side Trips

Valley of Fire State Park, Helicopter Tours
Highlights from your plan
Battlefield Vegas ©
Battlefield Vegas
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park
Dig This ©
Dig This

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