43 days in United States & Asia Itinerary

43 days in United States & Asia Itinerary

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Kailua-Kona, United States
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Hilo, United States
— 4 nights
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Lahaina, United States
— 4 nights
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Koloa, United States
— 4 nights
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Honolulu, United States
— 5 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
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Fukuoka, Japan
— 1 night
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Busan, South Korea
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Seoul, South Korea
— 5 nights
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Beijing, China
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Kailua-Kona, United States

— 3 nights

Heart of the Kona Coast

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kailua-Kona side-trips: Puukohola National Historic Park (in Kawaihae), Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako) and Mauna Loa Scenic Drive (in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park). And it doesn't end there: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, appreciate the views at Pololu Valley Lookout, immerse yourself in nature at Lapakahi State Historical Park, and experience rural life at Heavenly Hawaiian Kona Coffee Farm.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona day trip website.

Manchester, UK to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST) is minus 10 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Manchester in December, with highs in Kailua-Kona at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:

Hilo, United States

— 4 nights

America's Wettest City

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hilo side-trips: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Volcano Art Center Gallery, Kilauea Iki Trailhead, &more) and Volcano (Jagger Museum & Akatsuka Orchid Gardens). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, admire the majestic nature at Akaka Falls State Park, and browse the fresh offerings at Hilo Farmers Market.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hilo itinerary app.

You can drive from Kailua-Kona to Hilo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Hilo when traveling from Kailua-Kona in December, with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Lahaina.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:

Lahaina, United States

— 4 nights

Crown Jewel of Maui

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lahaina: Wailea Beach (in Wailea) and Wailuku (Iao Valley & Maui Tropical Plantation). Spend the 27th (Mon) exploring the striking scenery along Hana Highway - Road to Hana. There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, experience rural life at Punakea Palms, pause for some photo ops at Lahaina Jodo Mission, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Maui Ocean Center.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lahaina trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Hilo to Lahaina takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Koloa.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:

Koloa, United States

— 4 nights
Kōloa is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Koloa side-trips: Lydgate Farms Kauai Chocolate (in Kapaa), Wailua River State Park (in Wailua) and Waimea Canyon State Park (in Waimea). There's lots more to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get to know the fascinating history of Kalalau Lookout, take in the views from Swinging Bridge, and get a new perspective on nature at Kauai Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Koloa vacation website.

Traveling by flight from Lahaina to Koloa takes 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Koloa can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to fly to Honolulu.

Things to do in Koloa

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:

Honolulu, United States

— 5 nights

Big Pineapple

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Explore Honolulu's surroundings by going to Haleiwa (Waimea Bay & Sunset Beach Park) and Ehukai Beach Park (in Pupukea). There's still lots to do: stroll the grounds of USS Arizona Memorial, admire the sheer force of Manoa Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, and get engrossed in the history at Iolani Palace.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Honolulu itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Koloa to Honolulu in 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 8:

Tokyo, Japan

— 4 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online road trip planner.

Getting from Honolulu to Tokyo by flight takes about 10 hours. The time zone difference moving from Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 19 hours. Traveling from Honolulu in January, things will get colder in Tokyo: highs are around 11°C and lows about 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 13:

Fukuoka, Japan

— 1 night

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): enjoy breathtaking views from Fukuoka Tower, then make a trip to Hakoshima Residence, then admire the landmark architecture of Hakata Station, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Organic Esthe Salon Fuu.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Tokyo to Fukuoka in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Fukuoka are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Busan.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Spas
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 14:

Busan, South Korea

— 2 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): get great views at Taejongdae and then walk around Yongdusan Park. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggungsa.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Busan online vacation planner.

Fly from Fukuoka to Busan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Fukuoka in January, with highs in Busan at 7°C and lows at -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Seoul.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 16:

Seoul, South Korea

— 5 nights
One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
Pack the 18th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village, get a taste of the local shopping with Dongdaemun Market, and get great views at N Seoul Tower.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Seoul trip maker app.

You can fly from Busan to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Busan in January: high temperatures in Seoul hover around 1°C and lows are around -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Beijing.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 21:

Beijing, China

— 4 nights
As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, find something for the whole family at Olympic Park, examine the collection at National Museum Of China, and get great views at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Beijing planner.

Fly from Seoul to Beijing in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seoul to Beijing due to the time zone difference. In January in Beijing, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 25:

Shanghai, China

— 5 nights

Pearl of the Orient

With a nickname like the "Pearl of the Orient," it's not surprising Shanghai offers some of the most rewarding attractions and activities in the Far East.
Shanghai is known for shopping, nightlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), don't miss a visit to Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), take a stroll through Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Jade Buddha Temple.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Shanghai tour itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Beijing to Shanghai in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Beijing in January, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Shanghai: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 30:

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Beaches
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.