6 days in Island of Hawaii & Nashville Itinerary

6 days in Island of Hawaii & Nashville Itinerary

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Hilo
— 1 night
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Kailua-Kona
— 2 nights
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Nashville
— 2 nights
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Hilo

— 1 night

America's Wettest City

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 11th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, stop by Basically Books, then admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, and finally take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour. On the next day, browse the fresh offerings at Hilo Farmers Market, observe the fascinating underwater world at Mokupapapa Discovery Center, then take in nature's colorful creations at Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden, and finally admire the majestic nature at Akaka Falls State Park.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hilo trip itinerary tool.

New York City to Hilo is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in October; daily highs in Hilo reach 84°F and lows reach 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Tours

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Kailua-Kona

— 2 nights

Heart of the Kona Coast

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 13th (Wed): experience rural life at Heavenly Hawaiian Kona Coffee Farm, then get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and then head outdoors with Aloha Rail Company.

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Drive from Hilo to Kailua-Kona in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Kailua-Kona can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Nashville.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

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Nashville

— 2 nights

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
On the 15th (Fri), wander the streets of Downtown Nashville, then examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Downtown Presbyterian Church. Keep things going the next day: witness the site of a historic battle at Lotz House Museum, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, then take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, then catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, and finally sample the fine beverages at Smith Creek Moonshine.

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Getting from Kailua-Kona to Nashville by flight takes about 13 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Kailua-Kona to Nashville is 4 hours. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in October, you will find days in Nashville are little chillier (75°F), and nights are much colder (52°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Neighborhoods · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

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Island of Hawaii travel guide

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Swim with Dolphins · Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches
The Big Island
Aptly nicknamed the "Big Island," the Island of Hawaii features sunny, black-sand beaches on the western side by Kona and a tropical rain forest on the eastern by Hilo. In between, the massive mountain Maunaloa covers half the island, and Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, erupts continuously. Twice as large as all the other Hawaiian Islands combined, this big chunk of land in the Pacific manages to retain a laid-back atmosphere despite its immense popularity with tourists. Instead of spending your entire vacation at one of the island's luxurious tourist resorts, go on tours of this Pacific haven's coffee and macadamia nut plantations and working ranches, or explore its nature reserves and rugged trails.