36 days in United States Itinerary

36 days in United States Itinerary

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36 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Lahaina, Maui
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + shuttle:  12​h 30​min
2
Santa Fe
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 45​min
3
Key West
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Marathon
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
St. Augustine
— 4 nights
+3
bus + taxi + Fly + bus:  8​h 15​min
6
New York City
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  14​h 45​min
7
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
9
Poipu, Kauai
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
10
Honolulu, Oahu
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Adelaide

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Napili Beach and Wailea Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's more to do: take a stroll through Lahaina Front Street and don't miss a visit to Lahaina Banyan Court.

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Adelaide, Australia to Lahaina is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Adelaide to Lahaina, you'll gain 19 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Adelaide in December, Lahaina is a bit warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Wailea Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Napili Beach ©
Napili Beach
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach
Lahaina Front Street ©
Lahaina Front Street

1
night
Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): examine the collection at Museum of International Folk Art and then get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza, then explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then see the interesting displays at New Mexico History Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

To find reviews and tourist information, read our Santa Fe trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Lahaina to Santa Fe by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle takes about 12.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Hawaii Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Lahaina in December; daily highs in Santa Fe reach 8°C and lows reach -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Key West.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Fort Zachary Taylor and Dry Tortugas National Park. Truman Little White House and U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of The Overseas Highway, examine the collection at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, visit a coastal fixture at Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Key West online trip planner .

You can fly from Santa Fe to Key West in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Santa Fe to Key West, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Santa Fe in December: high temperatures in Key West hover around 30°C and lows are around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Marathon.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Fort Zachary Taylor ©
Fort Zachary Taylor
Dry Tortugas National Park ©
Dry Tortugas National Park
Truman Little White House ©
Truman Little White House

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): stroll through Sombrero Beach, identify plant and animal life at The Turtle Hospital, and then immerse yourself in nature at Bahia Honda State Park. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Marathon trip planner .

You can take a bus from Key West to Marathon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to St. Augustine.

Things to do in Marathon

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Fishing Charters & Tours, Bahia Honda State Park, Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
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The Turtle Hospital ©
The Turtle Hospital
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
Fishing Charters & Tours

4
nights
St. Augustine

St. Augustine ©
SAINT AUGUSTINE | PONTE VEDRA on Florida's Historic Coast The Nation's oldest city (est. Visit St. Augustine Beach and Beach at Daytona Beach for some beach relaxation. Do some cultural sightseeing at St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, Inc. and Stetson Mansion. Explore St. Augustine's surroundings by going to Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum (in Ponce Inlet) and Fort Clinch State Park (in Fernandina Beach). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, deepen your understanding at Flagler College, see the interesting displays at Lightner Museum, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at St. Augustine Distillery.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the St. Augustine trip planning website .

Getting from Marathon to St. Augustine by combination of shuttle, flight, and car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. Traveling from Marathon in December, things will get slightly colder in St. Augustine: highs are around 24°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in St. Augustine

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Stetson Mansion, Beach at Daytona Beach, Fort Clinch State Park, Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:
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St. Augustine Beach ©
St. Augustine Beach
Stetson Mansion ©
Stetson Mansion
Fort Clinch State Park ©
Fort Clinch State Park

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.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial will appeal to museum buffs. St. Patrick's Cathedral and American Museum of Natural History are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through Central Park, don't miss a visit to Times Square, admire the striking features of Empire State Building, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Chapel.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the New York City trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from St. Augustine to New York City in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from St. Augustine in December, plan for much colder days in New York City, with highs around 10°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hilo.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
American Museum of Natural History ©

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.
Jagger Museum and Volcano Art Center are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Akaka Falls State Park and Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden. Venture out of the city with trips to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Devastation Trail, Kilauea Iki Trailhead, & more) and Punalu‘U Beach (in Pahala). It doesn't end there: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour and admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hilo trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from New York City to Hilo takes 15 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from New York City in January: high temperatures in Hilo hover around 32°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Punalu‘U Beach, Jagger Museum, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
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Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden ©
Punalu‘U Beach ©
Punalu‘U Beach
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead

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nights
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park. You'll get in some beach time at Papakōlea Green Sand Beach and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area. Change things up with a short trip to Puukohola National Historic Park in Kawaihae (about 50 minutes away). The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mauna Kea, and admire the verdant scenery at Pololu Valley Lookout.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kailua-Kona holiday planner.

You can drive from Hilo to Kailua-Kona in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in January, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Poipu.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Papakōlea Green Sand Beach, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Puukohola National Historic Park, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Pololu Valley Lookout
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 7:
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Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach ©
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach

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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. Get in touch with nature at Waimea Canyon State Park and Wailua Falls. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Poipu Beach Park and Hanalei Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Kayaking & Canoeing (in Kapaa) and Na Pali Coast State Park (in Wainiha). Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shipwreck Beach, experience rural life at Kauai Coffee Company, and explore the striking landscape at Spouting Horn.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Poipu trip itinerary maker site .

Fly from Kailua-Kona to Poipu in 3 hours. In January in Poipu, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Poipu

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kayaking & Canoeing, Hanalei Beach, Waimea Canyon State Park, Wailua Falls, Kauai Coffee Company
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Shipwreck Beach ©
Shipwreck Beach
Waimea Canyon State Park ©
Waimea Canyon State Park
Na Pali Coast State Park ©
Na Pali Coast State Park

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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.
Iolani Palace and USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park will appeal to museum buffs. Visiting Lanikai Beach and Kailua Beach Park will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Honolulu side-trips: Swim with Dolphins (in Waianae) and Polynesian Cultural Center (in Laie). There's much more to do: hike along Koko Crater Railway Trail, stroll through Diamond Head State Monument, and make a trip to Battleship Missouri Memorial.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, you can read our Honolulu holiday maker tool .

Getting from Poipu to Honolulu by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Honolulu can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. You will leave for home on the 16th (Sun).

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kailua, Polynesian Cultural Center, Swim with Dolphins
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Polynesian Cultural Center ©
Polynesian Cultural Center
Swim with Dolphins
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park

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