29 days in United States & Canada Itinerary

29 days in United States & Canada Itinerary

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29 days in United States & Canada Itinerary

Start: Gaborone, Botswana
Fly:  29​h
1
Honolulu, United States
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Lahaina, United States
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Kailua-Kona, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
4
Vancouver, Canada
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Victoria, Canada
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  4​h
6
Whistler, Canada
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  34​h
End: Gaborone, Botswana

5
nights
Honolulu, United States

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 find plenty of places to visit near Honolulu: Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay), Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua) and Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea). There's still lots to do: stroll the grounds of USS Arizona Memorial, examine the collection at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, admire the sheer force of Manoa Falls, and enjoy the sand and surf at Waikiki Beach.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, read our Honolulu trip planner .

Gaborone, Botswana to Honolulu is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central African Time to Hawaii Standard Time, which is usually a -12 hour difference. When traveling from Gaborone in December, plan for little chillier days in Honolulu, with highs around 32°C, while nights are colder with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kailua Beach Park, Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 13:
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USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach

5
nights
Lahaina, United States

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lahaina: Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park), The Awakening Church (in Kihei) and Ho'okipa Beach Park (in Paia). There's lots more to do: cruise along Hana Highway - Road to Hana, meet the residents at Maui Ocean Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Ka'anapali Beach, and make a trip to Lahaina Banyan Court.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Lahaina visit site .

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Lahaina takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. December in Lahaina sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

The Awakening Church, Ho'okipa Beach Park, Hana Highway - Road to Hana, Haleakala Crater, Maui Ocean Center
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 18:
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Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Hana Highway - Road to Hana ©
Hana Highway - Road to Hana
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Kailua-Kona, United States

Kailua-Kona ©
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 find plenty of places to visit near Kailua-Kona: Hilo (Liliuokalani Gardens, Rainbow Falls, & more), Hawaii Cigar & Ukulele (in Hawi) and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau). The adventure continues: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, get engrossed in the history at Kona Coffee Living History Farm, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mokuaikaua Church, and look for gifts at 2nd Wave Beach and Boat.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona road trip planning tool .

You can fly from Lahaina to Kailua-Kona in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Vancouver.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hilo, Hawaii Cigar & Ukulele, Pololu Valley Lookout, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Swim with Dolphins
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©

4
nights
Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver ©
Known as "Hollywood North," Vancouver boasts one of the largest film/television industries in the world, second only to Los Angeles and New York.
Change things up with a short trip to Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver (about 32 minutes away). There's lots more to do: walk around Stanley Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Vancouver Lookout, take in the dramatic natural features at Vancouver Seawall, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Anthropology.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Vancouver vacation site .

Traveling by flight from Kailua-Kona to Vancouver takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Kailua-Kona to Vancouver, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Kailua-Kona in December, with highs in Vancouver at 7°C and lows at 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Victoria.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

North Vancouver, Lighthouse Park
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:
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Stanley Park ©
Stanley Park
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park ©
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Vancouver Aquarium ©
Vancouver Aquarium

4
nights
Victoria, Canada

Victoria ©
Many urban centers call themselves "Garden City," but thanks to its many manicured parks filled with native and exotic plants, Victoria probably deserves than moniker more than most.
Change things up with these side-trips from Victoria: Cowichan-Chemainus Historic Scenic Route (in Duncan) and East Sooke Regional Park (in Sooke). And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at The Butchart Gardens, walk around Beacon Hill Park, see the interesting displays at Miniature World, and get to know the fascinating history of Inner Harbour.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Victoria trip maker .

Traveling by car from Vancouver to Victoria takes 3.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Victoria can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Whistler.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Central Saanich, Metchosin Pioneer Museum, East Sooke Regional Park, Cowichan-Chemainus Historic Scenic Route
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
The Butchart Gardens ©
The Butchart Gardens
Craigdarroch Castle ©
Craigdarroch Castle
Inner Harbour ©
Inner Harbour

4
nights
Whistler, Canada

Home to one of the largest ski areas in North America, former logging town of Whistler provides activities and entertainment for avid nature lovers and adrenaline seekers.
Whistler is known for adventure, winter sports, nature, spas, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Whistler Blackcomb, explore the world behind art at Mountain Galleries at the Fairmont, see Off-Road Tours, and experience the excitement of Whistler Sliding Centre.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Whistler road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Victoria to Whistler takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Victoria in December, expect Whistler to be little chillier, temps between 0°C and -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Whistler

Nature Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:
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Zipline
Whistler Sliding Centre ©
Whistler Sliding Centre
Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre ©

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