11 days in Los Angeles & Hawaii Itinerary

11 days in Los Angeles & Hawaii Itinerary

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Route & dates

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
Foot + 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.
Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, see the interesting displays at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, and experience the excitement of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles day trip planner.

New York City to Los Angeles is an approximately 9- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Los Angeles, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer 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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then stroll through Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail, and finally examine the collection at Jagger Museum. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Kalapana, cruise along Devastation Trail, and then head outdoors with Keanakakoi Crater Overlook.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hilo visit planner.

You can fly from Los Angeles to Hilo in 7.5 hours. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, expect Hilo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 80°F and 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to 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
Liliuokalani Gardens ©
Liliuokalani Gardens
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then stroll around Lahaina Banyan Court, then meet the residents at Maui Ocean Center, and finally see the interesting displays at Hale Ho'ike'ike at the Bailey House. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Kapalua Beach, stroll through Ka'anapali Beach, and then steep yourself in history at Lahaina Jodo Mission.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Lahaina day trip website.

Getting from Hilo to Lahaina by combination of flight and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. In December, daytime highs in Lahaina are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can 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
Lahaina Banyan Court ©
Lahaina Banyan Court

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): stroll the grounds of USS Arizona Memorial, take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. On your second day here, stroll the grounds of National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific and then enjoy the sand and surf at Waikiki Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Honolulu trip site.

Traveling by flight from Lahaina to Honolulu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in December, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to 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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