40 days in Honolulu & California Itinerary

40 days in Honolulu & California Itinerary

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40 days in Honolulu & California Itinerary

Cairns
Fly:  13​h 45​min
Honolulu
— 7 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
San Francisco
— 12 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
Santa Barbara
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Diego
— 5 nights
Fly:  20​h
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7
days
Honolulu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Get out of town with these interesting Honolulu side-trips: Haleiwa (Waimea Bay & Sunset Beach Park) and Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua). There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at USS Arizona Memorial, take a tour of Battleship Missouri Memorial, buy something for everyone on your list at Ala Moana Center, and go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Honolulu trip itinerary site .

Cairns, Australia to Honolulu is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Cairns to Honolulu, you'll gain 20 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Nuuanu Pali Lookout, Kailua Beach Park
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Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument

12
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Wine Tours & Tastings in Napa--about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, engage your brain at Exploratorium, admire all the interesting features of AT&T Park, and browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco day trip planning tool .

You can fly from Honolulu to San Francisco in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Honolulu to San Francisco. In June, San Francisco is a bit cooler than Honolulu - with highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

6
days
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, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, and stroll through Nevada Falls Loop.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 30°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

3
days
Santa Barbara

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Dedicate the 21st (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, take in panoramic vistas at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, stroll through Shoreline Park, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Santa Barbara Zoo.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Santa Barbara journey planning app .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Santa Barbara in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for slightly colder days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 25°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 15°C. On the 24th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Parks Outdoors
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo

3
days
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Anaheim to see Disneyland Park about 38 minutes away. Pack the 26th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, examine the collection at Getty Center The Publications, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Santa Barbara in June; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 30°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

5
days
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Pack the 1st (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. The adventure continues: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, and kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego route builder tool .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in June, plan for little chillier days in San Diego, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Niederfrank's Ice Cream
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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