9 days in San Francisco & Hawaii Itinerary

9 days in San Francisco & Hawaii Itinerary

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San Francisco
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Kihei, Maui
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Volcano, Island of Hawaii
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Honolulu, Oahu
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San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 18th (Sun), get a dose of the wild on Point Reyes Safaris. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read San Francisco road trip tool.

Lexington to San Francisco is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. In April, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Kihei.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

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Kihei, Maui

— 2 nights
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.
On the 20th (Tue), stroll through Ka'anapali Beach and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Ulua Beach, then stroll through Wailea Beach, and then stroll through Maluaka Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kihei itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Kihei takes 9 hours. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in April: high temperatures in Kihei hover around 85°F and lows are around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Volcano.

Things to do in Kihei

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Volcano, Island of Hawaii

— 2 nights
Those who named Volcano opted for simplicity in choosing a title, taking the nearby fire-spewing Kilauea as a source of inspiration.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): examine the collection at Jagger Museum, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then take a memorable drive along Devastation Trail, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilauea Iki Trailhead. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs, take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), and then hike along Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Volcano trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Kihei to Volcano takes 4.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Volcano are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Volcano

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Honolulu, Oahu

— 3 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.
On the 24th (Sat), kick back and relax at Waikiki Beach and then explore the activities along Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. Keep things going the next day: go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Honolulu travel tool.

Traveling by flight from Volcano to Honolulu takes 4.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

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Hawaii travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Zipline
The Aloha State
An archipelago of hundreds of volcanic islands located in a geological hot spot in the middle of Pacific, Hawaii offers diverse natural scenery and a warm tropical climate. The six major islands open to tourism draw visitors with their sun-drenched public beaches and craggy natural trails. Thanks to their mid-Pacific location, the islands boast a vibrant native culture influenced by both North America and Asia. You can spend your vacation basking in the modern comforts of the big hotels, but to experience the true spirit of these islands, remember that real Hawaiians live outdoors. Encounter nature by surfing, swimming, fishing, and picnicking, or join a guided tour across the ancient lava flows to the top of Hawaii's rugged volcanic peaks.