Maui Itinerary

Ultimate Maui Itinerary: How to Plan Your Perfect Trip to Maui

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If you are planning your Maui itinerary, there is an overwhelming amount of information to process…both on the internet and in guidebooks. We want to simplify that for you. In this guide, we share with you Maui’s top experiences, how to organize them day-by-day, and then how to put this all together to create your perfect Maui itinerary, whether you …

Badlands National Park

14 Best National Parks to Visit in April 2023 (USA)

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Which are the best national parks to visit in April? In this guide, we list 14 wonderful parks in the USA. On this list are a few of the most popular parks in the USA, several great spring break destinations, and a few remote, quieter parks to visit. About this National Park Series This article is part of a series …

Dry Tortugas National Park

12 Best National Parks to Visit in January 2023 (USA)

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Planning a trip to the US national parks in January but don’t know which ones to visit? In January, much of the country is cold and covered in snow, but there are plenty of parks you can visit to escape the wintry conditions. In this article, we cover the best national parks to visit in January, plus one very cool …

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How to Hike the Kīlauea Iki Trail in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

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The Kīlauea Iki Trail is a great experience to add to your Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park to-do list. On this relatively short hike, walk through a rainforest, cross a solidified lava lake, and gaze out at the crater from the rim. You also have the option to add on the Thurston Lava Tube. This hike was one of our favorite …

Kauai Hike

How to Hike the Nu’alolo Trail and Awa’awapuhi Trail Loop | Kauai, Hawaii

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Located in Kokee State Park in Kauai, the Nu’alolo Trail and the Awa’awapuhi Trail are two separate trails that head out along the ridgelines of the Na Pali Coast. From the endpoint of each of these trails, you get spectacular views of the coastline. You can hike each trail separately or combine them into one big day hike, by connecting …


20 Best Things to Do in Kauai, Hawaii

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Kauai, also called the “Garden Isle,” is our favorite of the Hawaiian Islands. With its waterfalls, beautiful beaches, tropical resorts, and stunning coastlines, Kauai is pure paradise. In this guide, we cover the best things to do in Kauai with tips to have the best experience. Overview of Kauai Kauai is the second oldest of the Hawaiian Islands (Ni’ihau is …

Diamond Head Hike

Diamond Head Summit Trail, Oahu | Things to Know Before You Go

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The Diamond Head Summit Trail in Oahu is one of Hawaii’s most popular hikes. This short, steep trail takes hikers up to a spectacular viewpoint of Waikiki Beach. We have hiked a lot of trails around the world and this was the most crowded, congested trail we have seen yet. If you are looking for a quiet, secluded trail in …

Road to Hana Coast

Road to Hana: Best Things to Do, Map, Photos & is It Worth It?

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The Road to Hana is often listed as one of the best things to do in Maui. This scenic drive attracts hundreds of visitors a day…but is the Road to Hana really worth it? As you plan your trip to Hawaii, you will read other posts and guides that rave about how wonderful the Road to Hana is. This is …

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Doors Off Helicopter Tour of Kauai: Everything You Need to Know

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A doors off helicopter tour of Kauai is a thrilling experience. To see this gorgeous island from the sky is one of the best experiences to have in Kauai, if not all of Hawaii. On a helicopter tour of Kauai, you will fly over countless waterfalls, peer down at beaches and small towns on the island, soar over Waimea Canyon, …

Kauai Hike

Maha’ulepu Heritage Trail: Map, Photos, & Is It Worth It?

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The Maha’ulepu Heritage Trail is a 2-mile coastal trail on south Kauai. It’s easy to get to, easy to walk, and offers beautiful views of the coastline along its entire distance. To make it even more worthwhile, there are a few places you can add on to the trail. I first learned of this walk in The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook …

Haleakala National Park

13 Amazing Things to Do in Haleakala National Park

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Haleakala National Park is named for Haleakala, the massive volcano that forms the eastern part of Maui. Watching the sunrise above the clouds and hiking into the crater are two of the best things to do in Haleakala National Park, but there is more to this park than visiting the summit of a volcano. You can also visit the lush …

Pipiwai Trail

Pīpīwai Trail & the Bamboo Forest: The Complete Hiking Guide

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On just one hike, you can see several waterfalls, an enormous Banyan tree, and hike through a bamboo forest. The Pīpīwai Trail is a relatively short hike that is located in Haleakala National Park on the Road to Hana. In this guide, we cover everything you need to know to hike the Pīpīwai Trail. Pīpīwai Trail Stats Distance: 3.8 miles …

How to Visit Pearl Harbor

Complete Guide to Pearl Harbor: How to Plan Your Visit

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Pearl Harbor is the location of the surprise attack on the United States by Japan on December 7, 1941. Today, it remains an active military base but it is also a collection of four historical sites. You can visit the USS Arizona Memorial, tour Battleship Missouri, visit the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, and go aboard the USS Bowfin submarine. In …

Hawaii Volcanoes To Do List

Top 10 Things to Do in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

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Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is home to two of the world’s most active volcanoes, Mauna Loa and Kīlauea. If you get lucky with your timing, you can catch Kīlauea in action, as molten lava oozes up from below the Earth’s crust, creating brand new land. But there is more to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park than volcanic eruptions. You can hike …

Maui Bucket List

Maui Bucket List: 20 Best Things to do in Maui, Hawaii

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Maui, with its scenic drives, beautiful beaches, and water sports, is a top destination for tourists in Hawaii. In just one place, you can snorkel with sea turtles, learn to surf, visit a national park, watch the sunrise above the clouds, go wine tasting, attend a luau, rappel down a waterfall, and relax on the beach. In this guide, we …

Sliding Sands Loop

How to Hike the Sliding Sands and Halemau’u Trail Loop | Haleakala NP

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In Haleakala National Park, you can combine two very unique trails into one big day hike. The Sliding Sands Trail, which is one of the most popular trails in the park, starts on the rim of Haleakala and ends on the crater floor. To finish the hike, you can retrace your steps back up the Sliding Sands Trail, or, for …