17 days in Taiwan Itinerary

17 days in Taiwan Itinerary

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17 days in Taiwan Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
New Taipei
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Nantou
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h
3
Kaohsiung
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Hengchun
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
5
Hualien
— 4 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  18 h
End: San Francisco

3
nights
New Taipei

New Taipei
Xinbei, also known as New Taipei City, stands as a newly founded part of the wider Taipei metropolitan area, stretching up from the capital to the island's northern coast.
Take a break from New Taipei with a short trip to National Palace Museum in Shilin, about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, take in the dramatic natural features at Yeh Liu Geo Park, buy something for everyone on your list at Taipei 101, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Taipei Zoo.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the New Taipei online holiday maker .

San Francisco, USA to New Taipei is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 16 hours traveling from San Francisco to New Taipei due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in November, with highs in New Taipei at 77°F and lows at 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nantou.

Things to do in New Taipei

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Taipei
Highlights from your plan
National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall ©
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101

3
nights
Nantou

Nantou ©
Nantou provides good access to the cultural and natural sites of the surrounding county of the same name.
Spend the 20th (Wed) exploring nature at Yushan National Park. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Sun Moon Lake, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan), experience rural life at Cingjing Veterans Farm, and explore the striking landscape of Wenwumiaohoushan Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Nantou itinerary planner .

You can drive from New Taipei to Nantou in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in November, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kaohsiung.

Things to do in Nantou

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Sun Moon Lake ©
Sun Moon Lake
Cingjing Veterans Farm ©
Cingjing Veterans Farm
Yushan National Park ©
Yushan National Park

3
nights
Kaohsiung

Kaohsiung ©
A small trading town in the 17th century, Kaohsiung now stands as a sprawling metropolis, its harbor representing the largest on the island.
Venture out of the city with trips to Chimei Museum (in Rende), Xiao Liu Qiu (in Liuqiu) and Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia) (in West Central District). And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with The Pier-2 Art Centre, make a trip to Dragon Tiger Tower, get outside with Ai He (Love River), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Guandi Temple.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kaohsiung online travel route planner .

Getting from Nantou to Kaohsiung by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Kaohsiung when traveling from Nantou in November, with lows around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hengchun.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Tainan, Xiao Liu Qiu
Highlights from your plan
Chimei Museum ©
Chimei Museum
Xiao Liu Qiu ©
Xiao Liu Qiu
The Pier-2 Art Centre ©
The Pier-2 Art Centre

2
nights
Hengchun

Hengchun ©
Located on the southern tip of the eponymous peninsula, Hengchun serves as the entry point to Kenting National Park, often attracting more travelers than locals with its tropical beach resorts and bustling night markets.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Shadao Ecological Reserve and then observe the fascinating underwater world at National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Kenting National Park and then identify plant and animal life at Kenting Long Keng Ecological Reserve.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hengchun trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kaohsiung to Hengchun takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, daytime highs in Hengchun are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hualien.

Things to do in Hengchun

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Kenting Long Keng Ecological Reserve, National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium
Highlights from your plan
Kenting National Park ©
Kenting National Park
Kenting Long Keng Ecological Reserve ©

4
nights
Hualien

Hualien ©
Nestled between the sea and the mountains, Hualien boasts a number of attractions, both natural and manmade.
Take a break from Hualien with a short trip to Sanxiantai in Chenggong Township, about 1h 55 min away. And it doesn't end there: trek along Taroko Gorge, make a trip to O'rip Hualien, head outdoors with Yanzihkou Trail, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Xiangde Temple.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hualien online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Hengchun to Hualien by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hualien

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Sanxiantai
Highlights from your plan
Taroko Gorge ©
Taroko Gorge
Ch'ing-shui Cliff ©
Ch'ing-shui Cliff
Chishingtan Scenic Area ©
Chishingtan Scenic Area

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