12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  8​h
1
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
2
Lahaina, Maui
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Honolulu, Oahu
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  12​h 45​min
4
Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
5
Marathon
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Key West
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Phoenix

1
night
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

Kailua-Kona ©
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona trip planning site .

Phoenix to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 8-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Phoenix to Kailua-Kona due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Phoenix in July, plan for cooler days and slightly colder nights in Kailua-Kona: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trip

Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Napili Beach, then wander the streets of Lahaina Front Street, and then don't miss a visit to Lahaina Banyan Court. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ho'okipa Beach Park, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and then stroll through Wailea Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Lahaina tour itinerary maker app .

Traveling by flight from Kailua-Kona to Lahaina takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In July, daytime highs in Lahaina are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Helicopter Tours, Wailea Beach, Ho'okipa Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Napili Beach ©
Napili Beach
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach
Ho'okipa Beach Park ©
Ho'okipa Beach Park

1
night
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 17th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Battleship Missouri Memorial and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Waikiki Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Honolulu trip itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Lahaina to Honolulu in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In July, daytime highs in Honolulu are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Battleship Missouri Memorial ©
Battleship Missouri Memorial

2
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
On the 18th (Sat), catch some excitement at Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, learn about winemaking at Tennessee Homemade Wines, then sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse, and finally let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Gatlinburg trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Honolulu to Gatlinburg by combination of flight and taxi takes about 13 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Honolulu to Gatlinburg is 5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Honolulu in July since evenings lows in Gatlinburg dip to 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Marathon.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Hartford, Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster, Roaring Fork
Highlights from your plan
Tennessee Homemade Wines ©
Tennessee Homemade Wines
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse ©
Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse

2
nights
Marathon

Marathon ©
A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Dolphin Research Center and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, get interesting insight from Tours, then identify plant and animal life at The Turtle Hospital, and then kick back and relax at Bahia Honda State Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Marathon attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle from Gatlinburg to Marathon takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Marathon when traveling from Gatlinburg in July, with lows around 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Key West.

Things to do in Marathon

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Bahia Honda State Park
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin Research Center ©
Dolphin Research Center
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
The Turtle Hospital ©
The Turtle Hospital

2
nights
Key West

Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): see what you can catch with a fishing tour and then explore and take pictures at The Overseas Highway. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Zachary Taylor, then contemplate the long history of Truman Little White House, and finally enjoy the sea views from Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Key West trip app .

Take a bus from Marathon to Key West in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daytime highs in Key West are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Fort Zachary Taylor ©
Fort Zachary Taylor

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