15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

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Honolulu, Oahu
— 5 nights
Lahaina, Maui
— 4 nights
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights


Honolulu, Oahu — 5 nights

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Kids will enjoy USS Arizona Memorial and Koko Crater Railway Trail. Discover out-of-the-way places like Photography Tours and Lanikai Beach. Explore Honolulu's surroundings by going to Haleiwa (Shark Diving & Waimea Bay). There's much more to do: go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument, get to know the fascinating history of Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, stroll the grounds of National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, and get engrossed in the history at Iolani Palace.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Honolulu attractions planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Honolulu is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 20 hours traveling from Melbourne to Honolulu. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in September: high temperatures in Honolulu hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to fly to Lahaina.
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Find places to stay Sep 11 — 16:

Lahaina, Maui — 4 nights

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.
Kids will enjoy Parasailing & Paragliding and Haleakala Crater. Discover out-of-the-way places like Zipline and Napili Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Lahaina side-trips: Maui Tropical Plantation (in Wailuku) and Helicopter Tours (in Kahului). There's still lots to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Maui Ocean Center, walk around Lahaina Banyan Court, and stop by Lahaina Front Street.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Lahaina trip app.

You can fly from Honolulu to Lahaina in 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Hilo.
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Find places to stay Sep 16 — 20:

Hilo, Island of Hawaii — 2 nights

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 21st (Wed), admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, and finally stroll through Kilauea Iki Trailhead. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden and then take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hilo online day trip planner.

You can fly from Lahaina to Hilo in 2.5 hours. In September in Hilo, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kailua-Kona.
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Find places to stay Sep 20 — 22:

Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii — 3 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay) and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hilo to Kailua-Kona takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. You'll set off for home on the 25th (Sun).
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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.