56 days in United States & South Pacific Itinerary

56 days in United States & South Pacific Itinerary

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56 days in United States & South Pacific Itinerary

Start: San Antonio, United States
Fly:  11 h 45 min
1
Honolulu, United States
— 6 nights
Fly:  9 h 15 min
2
Pago Pago, American Samoa
— 7 nights
Ferry:  8 h
3
Apia, Samoa
— 6 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
4
Nadi, Fiji
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h
5
Suva, Fiji
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Sigatoka, Fiji
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 45 min
7
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h
8
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 7 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
9
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 7 nights
Fly:  11 h 15 min
10
Papeete, French Polynesia
— 2 nights
Fly:  11 h 15 min
11
Los Angeles, United States
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
12
San Antonio, United States
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: Los Angeles, United States

6
nights
Honolulu, United States

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Change things up with these side-trips from Honolulu: Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua), Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea) and Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay). And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of USS Arizona Memorial, take in the dramatic scenery at Manoa Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Waikiki Beach, and contemplate the long history of Iolani Palace.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Honolulu trip itinerary website.

San Antonio to Honolulu is an approximately 12- hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from San Antonio to Honolulu, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Antonio in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Honolulu, with lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Pago Pago.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kailua Beach Park, Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument, Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery & Funeral Services
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 9:
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USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach

7
nights
Pago Pago, American Samoa

Pago Pago ©
Head to Pago Pago, the territorial capital of American Samoa, for an authentic Pacific Islands holiday.
Pago Pago is known for parks, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through National Park of American Samoa, browse the exhibits of Jean P. Haydon Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Congregational Christian Church, and enjoy the sand and surf at Two Dollar Beach.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Pago Pago sightseeing planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Honolulu to Pago Pago. In October, daily temperatures in Pago Pago can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. You'll set off for Apia on the 16th (Sun).

Things to do in Pago Pago

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tutuila, Blunts Point Trail, Fagatele Bay Trail
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 16:
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National Park of American Samoa ©
National Park of American Samoa
Mount Alava ©
Mount Alava
Jean P. Haydon Museum ©
Jean P. Haydon Museum

6
nights
Apia, Samoa

Apia ©
The Samoan capital of Apia serves as the first port of call for most visitors, and it plays home to a number of historic sites, a laid-back seaside promenade, and a range of hotels and restaurants keeping tourists entertained.
Change things up with these side-trips from Apia: Giant Clam Sanctuary (in Savaia), To Sua Ocean Trench (in Lotofaga) and Lalomanu Beach (in Lalomanu). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Immaculate Conception of Mary Cathedral, stroll through Salamumu Beach, Head underground at Piula Cave Pool, and make a trip to Samoa Cultural Village.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Apia travel planner.

Ride a ferry from Pago Pago to Apia in 8 hours. The time zone changes from Hawaii Standard Time (HST) to West Samoa Standard Time (WSST), which is usually a 23 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Nadi.

Things to do in Apia

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Upolu, Lalomanu Beach, To Sua Ocean Trench, Giant Clam Sanctuary
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 23:
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To Sua Ocean Trench ©
To Sua Ocean Trench
Immaculate Conception of Mary Cathedral ©
Piula Cave Pool ©
Piula Cave Pool

3
nights
Nadi, Fiji

Nadi ©
Home to the country's primary international airport, Nadi serves as the gateway to Fiji.
When in Nadi, make a side trip to see Botanical Gardens in Lautoka, approximately Lautoka away. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Garden of the Sleeping Giant, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple, explore the striking landscape at Sabeto Hot Springs and Mud Pool, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nadi online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Apia to Nadi takes 3 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Apia to Nadi. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Suva.

Things to do in Nadi

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Denarau Island, Botanical Gardens
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 26:
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Garden of the Sleeping Giant ©
Garden of the Sleeping Giant
Port Denarau Marina ©
Port Denarau Marina
Denarau Golf and Racquet Club ©
Denarau Golf and Racquet Club

1
night
Suva, Fiji

Suva ©
Situated on a verdant, hilly peninsula, Suva is the second-largest city in the South Pacific and has been the capital of Fiji since 1882.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Fiji Museum, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Suva Municipal Market, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Colo-I-Suva Forest Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Suva trip itinerary maker tool.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Nadi to Suva in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in October, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Sigatoka.

Things to do in Suva

Parks Wildlife Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 27:
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Colo-I-Suva Forest Park ©
Colo-I-Suva Forest Park
Fiji Museum ©
Fiji Museum
Suva Municipal Market ©
Suva Municipal Market

2
nights
Sigatoka, Fiji

Sigatoka ©
Located at the western end of Coral Coast, with its long sheltered beaches and popular surf spots, Sigatoka is best known for its immediate surroundings than for the town itself.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): play a few rounds at Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course, kick back and relax at Natadola Beach, and then steep yourself in history at Tavuni Hill Fort. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Sigatoka trip maker tool.

You can drive from Suva to Sigatoka in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In October in Sigatoka, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Nuku'alofa.

Things to do in Sigatoka

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Natadola Beach ©
Natadola Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course ©

2
nights
Nuku'alofa, Tonga

Nuku'alofa ©
The capital of Tonga and the seat of the island nation's royal family, Nuku'alofa was first seen by Western eyes in 1777, when legendary Captain James Cook arrived in the area.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): browse the fresh offerings at Talamahu Markets, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Anahulu Cave - The Underground Swimming Pool, and then stroll through Mapu'a 'a Vaea Blowholes. On your second day here, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of St Anthony of Padua.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Nuku'alofa route planning site.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Sigatoka to Nuku'alofa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sigatoka to Nuku'alofa, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sigatoka in October, expect nights in Nuku'alofa to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are slightly colder, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow time for travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Nuku'alofa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mapu'a 'a Vaea Blowholes, Anahulu Cave - The Underground Swimming Pool
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Mapu'a 'a Vaea Blowholes ©
Mapu'a 'a Vaea Blowholes
Talamahu Markets ©
Talamahu Markets

7
nights
Rotorua, New Zealand

Surrounded by lakes and featuring impressive areas of geothermal landscape, the city of Rotorua offers an otherwordly landscape and a welcoming, peaceful environment, with the culture of the native Maori people very much in the foreground.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Waitomo Caves (Roselands Farm Park, Ruakuri Walk, &more) and Taupo (Huka Prawn Park, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more). There's much more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, get engrossed in the history at Bibleworld Musuem & Discovery Centre, steep yourself in history at Te Puia, and kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Rotorua online road trip planner.

Fly from Nuku'alofa to Rotorua in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Nuku'alofa to Rotorua, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Nuku'alofa in October, with highs in Rotorua at 21°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Taupo, Waitomo Caves
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 7:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves

7
nights
Queenstown, New Zealand

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Queenstown: Lake Wanaka (in Wanaka) and Te Anau (Milford Sound & The Chasm Walk). There's lots more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, take in the awesome beauty at Mitre Peak, and kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks.

Discover how to plan a Queenstown trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can fly from Rotorua to Queenstown in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Papeete.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Te Anau, Lake Wanaka
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown

2
nights
Papeete, French Polynesia

Papeete ©
The capital of French Polynesia, Pape'ete amounts to little more than a medium-sized town by Western standards, but it is still a thriving hub of culture and commerce.
Venture out of the city with trips to Afareaitu Waterfalls (in Afareaitu), Faarumai Waterfalls (in Arue) and Bain de Vaima (in Taravao). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museum of Tahiti and the Islands, explore the world behind art at Paul Gauguin Museum, ponder the world of politics at Assemblee De La Polynesie Francaise, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Lagoonarium.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Papeete day trip planning website.

Getting from Queenstown to Papeete by flight takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 22 hours traveling from Queenstown to Papeete. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in November, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Papeete

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Tahiti, Afareaitu Waterfalls, Faarumai Waterfalls, Museum of Tahiti and the Islands, Bain de Vaima
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 16:
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Lagoonarium ©
Lagoonarium
Museum of Tahiti and the Islands ©
Museum of Tahiti and the Islands
James Norman Hall Home ©
James Norman Hall Home

4
nights
Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disney California Adventure Park & Disneyland Park). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles online route planner.

Traveling by flight from Papeete to Los Angeles takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Tahiti Time (TAHT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is 2 hours. While traveling from Papeete, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Antonio.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

5
nights
San Antonio, United States

San Antonio ©
As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Antonio: Austin (Bullock Texas State History Museum, Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, &more). There's much more to do: go for a walk through The San Antonio River Walk, appreciate the extensive heritage of King William Historic District, take in the history at Mission Concepcion, and steep yourself in history at Mission San Jose.

Take the guesswork out of planning a San Antonio vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Los Angeles to San Antonio in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles to San Antonio, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In November, daytime highs in San Antonio are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Austin
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
The Escape Game Austin ©
The Escape Game Austin
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
The Alamo ©
The Alamo

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