You’d be hard pressed to find a place with more spectacular natural scenery than Hawaii. This tropical US state hanging out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean is a collection of islands, each with vastly different landscapes and attractions. It’s not all pristine beaches and epic sunsets, either – Hawaii is home to historical highlights like the Pearl Harbor site, as well as posh cities like Honolulu.
Those who live in Hawaii absolutely love their watersports. Stand-up paddling and surfing both originate here, so seeing it all in action is a great way to do some Hawaii sightseeing. Oahu’s North Shore is particularly famous. Check out famous surf contest spots like the Pipeline, Sunset beach, and Waimea Bay. Hang out in historic Haleiwa bay, and grab some shave ice to battle the heat. Even if you’re not much of a sports enthusiast, you’ll enjoy the white sandy beaches (and a traditional hot plate lunch to go with it).
Maui is definitely one of Hawaii’s best islands, and the Road to Hana is a drive that every visitor must take. You’ll cruise a coastal road of hairpin turns and breathtaking views, before arriving at the Seven Sacred Pools. Waterfalls, black sand beaches, and tropical rainforests are just some of the things you can expect to see in Maui. Don’t forget to check out the small hippie town of Paia, known for its epic surfing opportunities nearby.
If you’ve come for volcanoes, Hawaii is rife with them. Some are even highly active. The best place to get up close to some volcano action is on Big Island, where it’s not uncommon to see volcanoes spilling their lava year-round. In Volcanoes National Park, visit Kilauea Crater, a glowing red-hot crater filled with bubbling lava. When there are major lava flows, it’s possible to hire a guide to take you near the action, or you can even see lava flowing into the ocean from the safety of a boat.Read More ...