13 days in Taiwan Itinerary

13 days in Taiwan Itinerary

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13 days in Taiwan Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
New Taipei
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Nantou
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h
3
Kaohsiung
— 3 nights
Train:  4 h 30 min
4
Hualien
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  18 h
End: San Francisco

3
nights
New Taipei

New Taipei
Xinbei, also known as New Taipei City, stands as a newly founded part of the wider Taipei metropolitan area, stretching up from the capital to the island's northern coast.
Step out of New Taipei with an excursion to National Palace Museum in Shilin--about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, get to know the resident critters at Taipei Zoo, take a stroll through Ximending, and hunt for treasures at Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street).

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our New Taipei planning app .

San Francisco, USA to New Taipei is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from San Francisco to New Taipei, you'll lose 16 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in October, with highs in New Taipei at 82°F and lows at 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nantou.

Things to do in New Taipei

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Taipei
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National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall ©
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101

3
nights
Nantou

Nantou ©
Nantou provides good access to the cultural and natural sites of the surrounding county of the same name.
Spend the 19th (Sat) exploring nature at Yushan National Park. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Sun Moon Lake, experience rural life at Cingjing Veterans Farm, take in the awesome beauty at Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan), and explore the striking landscape of Wenwumiaohoushan Park.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Nantou road trip planning app .

Getting from New Taipei to Nantou by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in October, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kaohsiung.

Things to do in Nantou

Nature Parks
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Sun Moon Lake ©
Sun Moon Lake
Cingjing Veterans Farm ©
Cingjing Veterans Farm
Yushan National Park ©
Yushan National Park

3
nights
Kaohsiung

Kaohsiung ©
A small trading town in the 17th century, Kaohsiung now stands as a sprawling metropolis, its harbor representing the largest on the island.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kaohsiung: Xiao Liu Qiu (in Liuqiu), Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia) (in West Central District) and San-Shan Guo-Wang Temple (in North District). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Chimei Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yi Cheng Tang, browse the exhibits of Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum, and head outdoors with Ai He (Love River).

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kaohsiung online trip maker .

You can take a train from Nantou to Kaohsiung in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. October in Kaohsiung sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 75°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Hualien.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Tainan, Xiao Liu Qiu
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 22:
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Chimei Museum ©
Chimei Museum
Xiao Liu Qiu ©
Xiao Liu Qiu
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum ©
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum

2
nights
Hualien

Hualien ©
Nestled between the sea and the mountains, Hualien boasts a number of attractions, both natural and manmade.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Chishingtan Scenic Area and then trek along Taroko Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): trek along Yanzihkou Trail and then take in the dramatic natural features at Ch'ing-shui Cliff.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hualien trip website .

Getting from Kaohsiung to Hualien by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hualien

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Taroko Gorge ©
Taroko Gorge
Ch'ing-shui Cliff ©
Ch'ing-shui Cliff
Chishingtan Scenic Area ©
Chishingtan Scenic Area

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