7 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Make it your trip
Fly to Hilo International Airport, Drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park — 3 nights

Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take a memorable drive along Devastation Trail, and get great views at Keanakakoi Crater Overlook.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Hawaii Volcanoes National Park day trip planning tool.

Washington to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST) is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Washington in December, things will get much hotter in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: highs are around 80°F and lows about 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Kailua-Kona.
Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife
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Kailua-Kona — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Kona Cloud Forest Sanctuary, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mokuaikaua Church, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally take in the waterfront at Kailua Pier.

Start your trip to Kailua-Kona by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Explore your travel options from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Kailua-Kona with the Route module. In December, daily temperatures in Kailua-Kona can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hilo.
Wildlife · Tours · Parks · Outdoors
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Hilo — 2 nights

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.
On the 30th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, then admire the natural beauty at Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hilo travel route builder website.

Drive from Kailua-Kona to Hilo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Hilo when traveling from Kailua-Kona in December, with lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Parks · Tours · Nature · Wildlife
Side Trip
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Island of Hawaii travel guide

Scuba & Snorkeling · Swim with Dolphins · 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.