11 days in Los Angeles & Hawaii Itinerary

11 days in Los Angeles & Hawaii Itinerary

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11 days in Los Angeles & Hawaii Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  9​h
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
2
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 30​min
3
Lahaina, Maui
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Honolulu, Oahu
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  14​h
End: New York City

3
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Anaheim to see Disneyland Park about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and explore the world behind art at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles trip tool .

New York City to Los Angeles is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from New York City in December: highs in Los Angeles hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Nightlife

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
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Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, then trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then stroll through Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail, and finally see the interesting displays at Jagger Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Kalapana, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Devastation Trail, and then head outdoors with Keanakakoi Crater Overlook.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hilo trip website .

Fly from Los Angeles to Hilo in 7.5 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles to Hilo, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, expect Hilo to be a bit warmer, temps between 80°F and 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Hilo

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Jagger Museum
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Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Liliuokalani Gardens ©
Liliuokalani Gardens

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.
On the 27th (Fri), get interesting insight from Tours, then don't miss a visit to Lahaina Banyan Court, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Maui Ocean Center, and finally see the interesting displays at Hale Ho'ike'ike at the Bailey House. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Kapalua Beach, kick back and relax at Ka'anapali Beach, and then contemplate the long history of Lahaina Jodo Mission.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Lahaina using our trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Hilo to Lahaina takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Lahaina can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wailuku, Kapalua Beach
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Maui Ocean Center ©
Maui Ocean Center
Scuba & Snorkeling
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach

3
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 29th (Sun), stroll the grounds of USS Arizona Memorial, go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): stroll the grounds of National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific and then stroll through Waikiki Beach.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Honolulu journey app .

Traveling by flight from Lahaina to Honolulu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December, daytime highs in Honolulu are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach

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