12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Reykjavik
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Lahaina, Maui
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
3
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h
4
Sanibel Island
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  3 h
5
Key West
— 2 nights
Fly:  13 h 15 min
End: Reykjavik

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 4th (Wed), stroll the grounds of USS Arizona Memorial, tour the pleasant surroundings at Diamond Head State Monument, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Ka'ena Point State Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Keawaula (Yokohama Beach).

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Honolulu trip planner.

Reykjavik, Iceland to Honolulu is an approximately 25- hour flight. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Reykjavik to Honolulu due to the time zone difference. In January, Honolulu is much hotter than Reykjavik - with highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Ka'ena Point State Park, Keawaula (Yokohama Beach)
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Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Keawaula (Yokohama Beach) ©
Keawaula (Yokohama Beach)
Ka'ena Point State Park ©
Ka'ena Point State Park

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.
On the 6th (Fri), kick back and relax at Ka'anapali Beach. On the next day, look for gifts at Pakaloha Bikinis, then look for gifts at Glass Mango Designs, then stroll around Lahaina Banyan Court, and finally head outdoors with 808Sealife.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Lahaina trip maker 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. In January, daily temperatures in Lahaina can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Pakaloha Bikinis ©
Pakaloha Bikinis
Glass Mango Designs ©
Glass Mango Designs

3
nights
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at Island Spirit Healing Center & Day Spa, then head outdoors with Hawaii Offshore, and then identify plant and animal life at Living Ocean Adventures.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona day trip planner.

You can fly from Lahaina to Kailua-Kona in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and flight. In January, daytime highs in Kailua-Kona are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Sanibel Island.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Hawaii Offshore, Kona Pacific Farmers Cooperative, Island Spirit Healing Center & Day Spa
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Swim with Dolphins
Kona Pacific Farmers Cooperative ©
Kona Pacific Farmers Cooperative
Island Spirit Healing Center & Day Spa ©

1
night
Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island ©
Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): browse the collection at Sanibel Public Library, then take in a show at BIG Arts (Barrier Island Group for the Arts), then identify plant and animal life at J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, and finally stop by Bailey's General Store. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): look for gifts at Three Crafty Ladies, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sanibel Island Farmer's Market, and then see what you can catch with Sanibel Custom Charters.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Sanibel Island trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Kailua-Kona to Sanibel Island takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Kailua-Kona to Sanibel Island due to the time zone difference. In January, Sanibel Island is a bit cooler than Kailua-Kona - with highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Shopping Wildlife Tours
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Sanibel Public Library ©
Sanibel Public Library
Bailey's General Store ©
Bailey's General Store

2
nights
Key West

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 13th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, see the interesting displays at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, then browse the exhibits of Truman Little White House, and finally soothe aching muscles at Lazy Dog Paddle Yoga. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at De La Gallery, don't miss a visit to Duval Street, and then take in the waterfront at Mallory Square.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Key West trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Sanibel Island to Key West in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or drive. Traveling from Sanibel Island in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 22°C in Key West. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Key West

Museums Parks Spas
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The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
De La Gallery ©
De La Gallery
Duval Street ©
Duval Street

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