8 days in Saint Joseph & Island of Hawaii Itinerary

8 days in Saint Joseph & Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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Saint Joseph
— 1 night
Drive to Kansas City International Airport, Fly to Hilo International Airport
— 2 nights
— 4 nights


Saint Joseph

— 1 night
St. Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): look for gifts at Queen's Pantry Teas, then take an in-depth tour of Richard Allen Cultural Center, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Holladay Distillery, and finally learn about winemaking at Pirtle Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Pony Express Museum, then examine the collection at Patee House Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Walter Cronkite Memorial.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Saint Joseph road trip website.

Kansas City to Saint Joseph is an approximately 1-hour car ride. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Kansas City in July since evenings lows in Saint Joseph dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Saint Joseph

Museums · Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping

Side Trips


— 2 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.
On the 7th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, and then take a memorable tour with The Umauma Experience. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, then stop by Big Island Candies, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hilo trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Saint Joseph to Hilo. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST) is minus 4 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Tours · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips


— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kailua-Kona: Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau), Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako) and Big Island Bees (in Captain Cook). The adventure continues: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, whizz through the canopy at Hawaii Forest and Trail, enjoy the sand and surf at Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay), and stroll through Mauna Kea Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona travel planner.

Traveling by car from Hilo to Kailua-Kona takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Kailua-Kona sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii travel guide

Swim with Dolphins · Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches
The Big Island
Aptly nicknamed the "Big Island," the Island of Hawaii features sunny, black-sand beaches on the western side by Kona and a tropical rain forest on the eastern by Hilo. In between, the massive mountain Maunaloa covers half the island, and Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, erupts continuously. Twice as large as all the other Hawaiian Islands combined, this big chunk of land in the Pacific manages to retain a laid-back atmosphere despite its immense popularity with tourists. Instead of spending your entire vacation at one of the island's luxurious tourist resorts, go on tours of this Pacific haven's coffee and macadamia nut plantations and working ranches, or explore its nature reserves and rugged trails.