10 days in Hawaii Itinerary

10 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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10 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Lihue, Kauai
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Honolulu, Oahu
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  13​h 45​min
End: New York City

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take in the pleasant sights at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, then take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, then cruise along Saddle Road, and finally hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, look for gifts at Hilo Coffee Mill, explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), examine the collection at Jagger Museum, then get impressive views of Kīlauea, and finally take in the natural beauty of Steam Vents.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hilo visit planner.

New York City to Hilo is an approximately 15-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in November; daily highs in Hilo reach 82°F and lows reach 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Lihue.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Saddle Road, Jagger Museum, Steam Vents, Hilo Coffee Mill
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Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden ©
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)

2
nights
Lihue, Kauai

Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Wailua Falls. On your second day here, stroll through Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shipwreck Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hanalei Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Lihue travel tool .

Fly from Hilo to Lihue in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in November, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lihue

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Poipu, Scuba & Snorkeling, Hanalei Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Zipline
Wailua Falls ©
Wailua Falls

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Koko Crater Railway Trail and Makapuu Lighthouse Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to Kailua Beach Park and Photography Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honolulu: Lanikai Beach (in Kailua) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Haleiwa). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Manoa Falls, get great views at Puu Ualakaa State Park, see the interesting displays at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, and explore the striking landscape at Halona Blowhole.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Honolulu tour planning app .

Fly from Lihue to Honolulu in 2.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kailua, Halona Blowhole, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Koko Crater Railway Trail ©
Koko Crater Railway Trail
Scuba & Snorkeling
Photography Tours

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