60 days in United States Itinerary

60 days in United States Itinerary

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60 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  12 h 15 min
1
Poipu, Kauai
— 6 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
2
Honolulu, Oahu
— 7 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
3
Lahaina, Maui
— 7 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 5 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  9 h 45 min
6
Carmel
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Taxi:  6 h
7
Sedona
— 5 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Drive:  6 h 45 min
8
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Bus:  11 h 30 min
9
St. Augustine, Florida
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Shuttle:  6 h 15 min
10
Marathon, Florida Keys
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
11
Key West
— 5 nights
Ferry:  2 h 30 min
12
Marco Island
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  25 h
End: Auckland

6
nights
Poipu, Kauai

Poipu ©
Poipū is a census-designated place in Kauai County on the southern side of the island of Kauai in the U.S. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Na Pali Coast State Park and Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail. Relax by the water at Hanalei Beach and Polihale State Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Wailua Falls (in Lihue), Waimea Canyon State Park (in Waimea) and Kayaking & Canoeing (in Kapaa). There's still lots to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, enjoy the sand and surf at Poipu Beach Park, trek along Kalalau Trail, and take in the dramatic natural features at Queen's Bath.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Poipu trip planning site .

Auckland, New Zealand to Poipu is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll gain 22 hours traveling from Auckland to Poipu due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in December: highs in Poipu hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Poipu

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Hanalei, Waimea, Kalalau Trail, Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, Kayaking & Canoeing
Highlights from your plan
Queen's Bath ©
Queen's Bath
Polihale State Park ©
Polihale State Park
Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail
Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail

7
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.
Visiting Lanikai Beach and Kailua Beach Park will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Shark Diving and Ko Olina Lagoons. Change things up with these side-trips from Honolulu: Polynesian Cultural Center (in Laie), Swim with Dolphins (in Waianae) and Turtle Bay Beach (in Kahuku). The adventure continues: trek along Koko Crater Railway Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kapiolani Regional Park, examine the collection at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, and contemplate the long history of Battleship Missouri Memorial.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Honolulu planning website .

Getting from Poipu to Honolulu by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kailua, Haleiwa, Swim with Dolphins, Polynesian Cultural Center, Ko Olina Lagoons
Highlights from your plan
Kapiolani Regional Park ©
Kapiolani Regional Park
Ko Olina Lagoons ©
Ko Olina Lagoons
Turtle Bay Beach ©
Turtle Bay Beach

7
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Napili Beach and Wailea Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ho'okipa Beach Park and Kayaking & Canoeing. Venture out of the city with trips to Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park), Wailuku (Maui Tropical Plantation & Iao Valley) and Kihei (Kamaole Beach Park III & Kamaole Beach Park II). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Kapalua Beach, take a stroll through Lahaina Front Street, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and don't miss a visit to Lahaina Banyan Court.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Lahaina itinerary planning website .

Getting from Honolulu to Lahaina by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wailuku, Kihei, Wailea, Haleakala Crater, Nakalele Blowhole
Highlights from your plan
Kapalua Coastal Trail ©
Kapalua Coastal Trail
Ho'okipa Beach Park ©
Ho'okipa Beach Park
Kapalua Beach ©
Kapalua Beach

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden and Punalu‘U Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) and Rainbow Falls. Get out of town with these interesting Hilo side-trips: Kilauea Iki Trailhead (in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park) and Jagger Museum (in Volcano). Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, kick back and relax at Reeds Bay Beach Park, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hilo travel route planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Lahaina to Hilo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. In January, daytime highs in Hilo are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Jagger Museum, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Punalu‘U Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Punalu‘U Beach ©
Punalu‘U Beach
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)

5
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mauna Kea and Papakōlea Green Sand Beach. Get in touch with nature at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park. There's still lots to do: stroll through Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay), get to know the fascinating history of Waipio Valley, admire the verdant scenery at Pololu Valley Lookout, and admire the majestic nature at Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Hilo to Kailua-Kona takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in January, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Papakōlea Green Sand Beach
Highlights from your plan
Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay) ©
Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)
Waipio Valley ©
Waipio Valley

3
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Friends of the Elephant Seal and Carmel River State Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Pfeiffer State Beach. Step out of Carmel to go to San Simeon and see Hearst Castle, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, stroll through Point Lobos, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and explore the activities along Monterey Bay.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Carmel travel planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Kailua-Kona to Carmel in 10 hours. Another option is to fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Kailua-Kona to Carmel is 2 hours. When traveling from Kailua-Kona in January, plan for slightly colder days in Carmel, with highs around 19°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sedona.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

San Simeon, Big Sur, Monterey, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

5
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Devil's Bridge Trail and Wupatki National Monument. Get in touch with nature at Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179) and Walnut Canyon National Monument. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sedona: Painted Desert (in Petrified Forest National Park) and Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument (in Flagstaff). There's lots more to do: hike along Oak Creek Canyon, identify plant and animal life at Red Rock State Park, explore the striking landscape at Bell Rock, and immerse yourself in nature at Slide Rock State Park.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sedona driving holiday site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Carmel to Sedona in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Carmel in January; daily highs in Sedona reach 14°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Flagstaff, Painted Desert
Highlights from your plan
Red Rock State Park ©
Red Rock State Park
West Fork Oak Creek Trail ©
West Fork Oak Creek Trail
Wupatki National Monument ©
Wupatki National Monument

4
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Step out of the city life by going to Grand Teton and Grand Prismatic Spring. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lamar Valley and Artist Point. Venture out of the city with trips to Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center (in West Yellowstone) and Big Sky Resort (in Big Sky). There's more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin and explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary site .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car from Sedona to Yellowstone National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. In February, Yellowstone National Park is much colder than Sedona - with highs of -2°C and lows of -18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to St. Augustine.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, Grand Teton, Big Sky Resort
Highlights from your plan
Artist Point ©
Artist Point
Upper Geyser Basin ©
Upper Geyser Basin
Big Sky Resort ©
Big Sky Resort

5
nights
St. Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine ©
SAINT AUGUSTINE | PONTE VEDRA on Florida's Historic Coast The Nation's oldest city (est. Get outdoors at St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park and Fort Matanzas National Monument. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to St. Augustine Beach and Stetson Mansion. Venture out of the city with trips to Ormond Beach (in Ormond Beach), Fort Clinch State Park (in Fernandina Beach) and Fishing Charters & Tours (in Port Canaveral). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at St. Augustine Wild Reserve, examine the collection at Lightner Museum, visit a coastal fixture at St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, Inc., and kick back and relax at Beach at Daytona Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read St. Augustine road trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and bus from Yellowstone National Park to St. Augustine takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Yellowstone National Park to St. Augustine is 2 hours. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in February, expect St. Augustine to be warmer, temps between 23°C and 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Marathon.

Things to do in St. Augustine

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Daytona Beach, Stetson Mansion, Ormond Beach, Fort Clinch State Park, Fishing Charters & Tours
Highlights from your plan
Ormond Beach ©
Ormond Beach
St. Augustine Wild Reserve ©
St. Augustine Wild Reserve
Fort Matanzas National Monument ©
Fort Matanzas National Monument

2
nights
Marathon, Florida Keys

Marathon ©
A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Dolphin Research Center and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, identify plant and animal life at The Turtle Hospital, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bahia Honda State Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Marathon road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and shuttle from St. Augustine to Marathon takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from St. Augustine in February, things will get a bit warmer in Marathon: highs are around 30°C and lows about 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time 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
The Turtle Hospital ©
The Turtle Hospital
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
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.
Get in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Fort Zachary Taylor. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kayaking & Canoeing and Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum. Spend the 15th (Sat) exploring nature at Dry Tortugas National Park. The adventure continues: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate the long history of Truman Little White House, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Key West travel planner .

You can take a bus from Marathon to Key West in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in February, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can ride a ferry to Marco Island.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing
Spas

3
nights
Marco Island

Marco Island is a city in Collier County, Florida, United States, located on an island by the same name in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Southwest Florida. Discover out-of-the-way places like Speed Boats Tours and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Relax by the water at South Marco Beach and Kice Island and Cape Romano. There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Marco Island trip itinerary app .

Traveling by ferry from Key West to Marco Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Key West in February, plan for little chillier nights in Marco Island, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Marco Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Speed Boats Tours
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Fishing Charters & Tours
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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