8 days in Taiwan Itinerary

8 days in Taiwan Itinerary

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8 days in Taiwan Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  21 h 30 min
1
Taipei
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Nantou
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
3
Chiayi
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Hengchun
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Taitung
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Hualien
— 1 night
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  18 h 45 min
End: Los Angeles

1
night
Taipei

Taipei
Situated in a basin between two mountain ranges, Taipei appeals to tourists with its blend of Asian cultures, living side by side amidst Japanese-era mansions and Taoist temples.
On the 3rd (Tue), appreciate the history behind Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, take an in-depth tour of National Palace Museum, and then browse the different shops at Taipei 101.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Taipei day trip planning app .

Los Angeles, USA to Taipei is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to China Standard Time (CST) is 16 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Taipei, with lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Nantou.

Things to do in Taipei

Museums Shopping
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National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall ©
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101

1
night
Nantou

Nantou ©
Nantou provides good access to the cultural and natural sites of the surrounding county of the same name.
On the 4th (Wed), relax in the rural setting at Sun Moon Lake Toushehuo Basin Recreation Farm and then explore the activities along Sun Moon Lake.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Nantou trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Taipei to Nantou takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Nantou are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Chiayi.

Things to do in Nantou

Parks Nature
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Sun Moon Lake ©
Sun Moon Lake
Nantou Service Area ©
Nantou Service Area

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Chiayi

Chiayi ©
The provincial city in the county of the same name, Chiayi sits as the gateway to the national scenic mountain area of Alishan.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): make a trip to Singang Fenqtain Gong, then make a trip to Bei Men Yi, then make a trip to The Hinoki Village, and finally examine the collection at Museum of Ancient Taiwan Tiles.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Chiayi journey maker app .

Traveling by car from Nantou to Chiayi takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Hengchun.

Things to do in Chiayi

Museums
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The Hinoki Village ©
The Hinoki Village

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Hengchun South Gate and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kenting National Park.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hengchun visit planner .

You can drive from Chiayi to Hengchun in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Hengchun are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Taitung.

Things to do in Hengchun

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Kenting National Park ©
Kenting National Park
Hengchun South Gate ©
Hengchun South Gate

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Taitung

Taitung ©
Sitting between the mountains and the sea, Taitung offers pleasing scenery no matter what direction you face.
On the 7th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Prehistory, explore the landscape on two wheels at Taitung Ocean Mountain Bikeway, then look for gifts at Fanshubuo Yang's Diguasu, and finally stroll around Taidong Forest Park.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Taitung online trip builder .

Getting from Hengchun to Taitung by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hualien.

Things to do in Taitung

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Taidong Forest Park ©
Taidong Forest Park
National Museum of Prehistory ©
National Museum of Prehistory

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Hualien

Hualien ©
Nestled between the sea and the mountains, Hualien boasts a number of attractions, both natural and manmade.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Chishingtan Scenic Area and then hike along Taroko Gorge.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hualien trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Taitung to Hualien takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hualien

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Taroko Gorge ©
Taroko Gorge
Chishingtan Scenic Area ©
Chishingtan Scenic Area

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