20 days in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Haleakala National Park & Kauai Itinerary

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Fly to Hilo International Airport, Drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Haleakala National Park
— 6 nights
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Lihue
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park — 6 nights

Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
Venture out of the city with trips to Naalehu (Papakōlea Green Sand Beach & South Point Complex), Akaka Falls State Park (in Hilo) and Manta Ray Dives of Hawaii (in Kailua-Kona). There's lots more to do: trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sulphur Banks, admire the verdant scenery at Waipio Valley, and contemplate the geological forces at Kīlauea.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hawaii Volcanoes National Park online sightseeing planner.

Newark to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST) is minus 5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to fly to Haleakala National Park.
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Haleakala National Park — 6 nights

A Rare and Sacred Landscape

Haleakala National Park offers visitors the rare opportunity to walk down into the intact crater of a volcano.
Change things up with these side-trips from Haleakala National Park: Lahaina (Ka'anapali Beach, Atlantis Submarines Maui, &more). There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Hana Highway - Road to Hana, take in the dramatic scenery at Waimoku Falls, see the sky in a new way at Haleakala Observatories, and take in the dramatic natural features at Ke‘anae Point.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Haleakala National Park online tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Haleakala National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in August, and nighttime lows around 73°F. On the 22nd (Tue), you're off to Lihue.
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Lihue — 5 nights

Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Explore Lihue's surroundings by going to Ke'e Beach (in Haena), Napali Sea Breeze Tours (in Kilauea) and Hanalei Valley Lookout (in Princeville). There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Waimea Canyon State Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Polihale State Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tunnels Beach, and experience rural life at Lydgate Farms Kauai Chocolate.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Lihue day trip tool.

Getting from Haleakala National Park to Lihue by flight takes about 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Lihue are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Kauai travel guide

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The Garden Isle
The northernmost of Hawaii's major islands, Kauai earned the nickname "Garden Island" because of its abundance of lush greenery and tropical plants, watered frequently with plentiful rainfall. Kauai's landscape continues to suffer from powerful erosion, resulting in natural attractions that include plunging canyons, tall mountain peaks, and the longest sandy coastline of all the Hawaiian islands. Offering a mild tropical climate and pristine wilderness areas largely unspoiled by mass tourism, Kauai is a great vacation destination for visitors eager to escape Hawaii's more crowded tourist resorts. For a genuine Kauai experience, join the locals for one of their famous traditional meat and vegetable feasts, prepared in underground pits lined with hot rocks.
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