22 days in United States Itinerary

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Honolulu, Oahu
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Koloa, Kauai
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Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
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Lahaina, Maui
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New York City
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Key West
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Honolulu, Oahu — 3 nights

Big Pineapple

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Get some historical perspective at Iolani Palace and Battleship Missouri Memorial. Get a sense of the local culture at Makapuu Lighthouse Trail and Waimea Valley. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Honolulu: Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea) and Shark Diving (in Haleiwa). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Koko Crater Railway Trail, take an in-depth tour of USS Arizona Memorial, and explore the different monuments and memorials at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Honolulu trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Honolulu is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time, which is usually a -20 hour difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Koloa.
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Koloa, Kauai — 2 nights

Kōloa is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): get a new perspective on things with Holo Holo Charters and then walk around Poipu Beach Park. Keep things going the next day: hike along Kalalau Trail and then explore the stunning scenery at Waimea Canyon State Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Koloa driving holiday planner.

Fly from Honolulu to Koloa in 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Koloa can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to fly to Kailua-Kona.
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Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii — 4 nights

Heart of the Kona Coast

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and My Kona Adventures. Escape the urban bustle at Punalu‘U Beach and Akaka Falls State Park. Explore Kailua-Kona's surroundings by going to Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden (in Papaikou), Rainbow Falls (in Hilo) and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay), take a memorable drive along Saddle Road, and stop by Greenwell Farms.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona trip planner.

You can fly from Koloa to Kailua-Kona in 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can fly to Lahaina.
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Lahaina, Maui — 4 nights

Crown Jewel of Maui

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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Napili Beach will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Zipline and Lahaina Front Street. Change things up with these side-trips from Lahaina: Kamaole Beach Park III (in Kihei), Ho'okipa Beach Park (in Paia) and Wailea Beach (in Wailea). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Kapalua Coastal Trail and stroll around Lahaina Banyan Court.

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Getting from Kailua-Kona to Lahaina by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In December in Lahaina, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to New York City.
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New York City — 4 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Discover out-of-the-way places like St. Patrick's Cathedral and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Get some historical perspective at 9/11 Memorial and World Trade Center Memorial Foundation. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Fifth Avenue, see the interesting displays at New York Public Library, admire the striking features of Rockefeller Center, and explore the galleries of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read New York City road trip tool.

You can fly from Lahaina to New York City in 12.5 hours. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Lahaina to New York City due to the time zone difference. In January, New York City is cooler than Lahaina - with highs of 5°C and lows of -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Key West.
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Key West — 3 nights

Conch Republic

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Fort Zachary Taylor and The Turtle Hospital. Get a sense of the local culture at Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum and Key West Cemetery. Change things up with these side-trips from Key West: Marathon (Sombrero Beach & Crane Point Museum & Nature Center). The adventure continues: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, take a memorable drive along The Overseas Highway, go for a walk through Key West Garden Club, and take in the exciting artwork at 7 Artists & Friends Key West.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Key West online tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from New York City to Key West in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in January, with highs in Key West at 28°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.
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United States travel guide

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More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.
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