First I would like to thank the members for all the great info on how to put together a nice road trip :)
This summer my wife and I went on our second road trip in the states. And it was great! We wanted to combine beaches, nature, culture and city life.
Stockholm - Oahu
After a long flight (cirka 24 hours) we landed on one of our favourite Islands, Oahu! We have been there before so we skipped all the "must do"-things (Pearl harbor, Polynesian Culture Center etc) and just hanged out on Waikiki for a couple of days. We stayed at "Park Shore Waikiki an Aqua Hotel". Its a ok hotel close to the beach and the rate is good. Its also close to Waikikis best breakfast place, Lulus! We didnt have a car on Oahu this time but its a good thing to have if it is your first time there.
Oahu- Big Island
We arrived at lunch to our hotel in Big Island, Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa. It sounds fancier than it is. Its a ugly, big hotel but its cheap and has a great view over the bay. If you stay here, dont try the food!
After a good nights sleep we took our rental ( a Chevy Aveo from Dollar) to the harbor. We had booked a fishing trip for the whole day and we where convinced we would get a biiiig blue marlin....we didnt :( Not even a bite on the whole day.
The next day we drove to Hilo on the other side of the Island. Its a really cool landscape to drive through :) When we arrived to Hilo we went to Paradise Helicopters for a tour over the "lava" and waterfalls. I booked the helicopter without the doors, big mistake :/
I was a bit scared to fall out of the helicopter that I just hold on to whatever I could find (my wifes leg and a small rope). But the trip was really cool! We saw the lava flow and all the waterfalls! A must do if you are there!
After the tour we went to Akaka Falls state park. They have a short trail (free) through the rain forest that we walked where we saw the waterfalls and all the cool flowers!
The rest of the time on Big Island we chilled by the pool and regained our powers after the thrilling helicopter tour.