24 days in Hawaii, San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

24 days in Hawaii, San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

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24 days in Hawaii, San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 7 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Lihue, Kauai
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
3
Kihei, Maui
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

7
nights
Honolulu, Oahu

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua), Haleiwa (Waimea Bay & Sunset Beach Park) and Polynesian Cultural Center (in Laie). And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at USS Arizona Memorial, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, explore the activities along Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, and take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Honolulu trip itinerary builder website .

Amsterdam, Holland to Honolulu is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST) is minus 11 hours. Traveling from Amsterdam in May, expect Honolulu to be much hotter, temps between 34°C and 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lihue.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Polynesian Cultural Center, Kailua Beach Park, Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument
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Photography Tours
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument

3
nights
Lihue, Kauai

Lihue ©
Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Go for a jaunt from Lihue to Waimea to see Waimea Canyon State Park about 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Poipu Beach Park, visit a coastal fixture at Ninini Point Lighthouse Cache Site, contemplate the long history of Kilohana, and take an in-depth tour of Kauai Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Lihue trip itinerary site .

Getting from Honolulu to Lihue by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In May in Lihue, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Lihue

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Poipu, Waimea Canyon State Park, Kayaking & Canoeing, Opaekaa Falls
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Waimea Canyon State Park ©
Waimea Canyon State Park
Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park
Helicopter Tours

6
nights
Kihei, Maui

Stretching over 9.7 km (6 mi) of pristine south Maui coastline, Kihei is the island's driest and sunniest region, making it a perfect location for water activities and beach leisure.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kihei: Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park) and Lahaina (Lahaina Banyan Court, Ka'anapali Beach, & more). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Hana Highway - Road to Hana, kick back and relax at Kamaole Beach Park III, experience rural life at Maui Tropical Plantation, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kihei day trip app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Lihue to Kihei in 1.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in May, and nighttime lows around 23°C. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Sun) before leaving for San Francisco.

Things to do in Kihei

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Wailuku, Lahaina, Paia, Wailea Beach, Haleakala Crater
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hana Highway - Road to Hana ©
Hana Highway - Road to Hana
Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, don't miss a visit to Lombard Street, and engage your brain at Exploratorium.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip app .

You can fly from Kihei to San Francisco in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Kihei to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Kihei in May; daily highs in San Francisco reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, walk around Mariposa Grove, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Yosemite National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Expect little chillier evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from San Francisco in May, with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay May 27 — 30:
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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