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17 Amazing Places in Hawaii You Shouldn't Miss During Your Vacation

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If you're looking for a tropical getaway filled with sand, sun, swimming, and picturesque hikes, Hawaii is the ultimate destination for all of this. There are places in Hawaii that every traveler should visit, as reported by FoxNews.

In July 2022, the U.S. Census recorded approximately 1.44 million residents in Hawaii. For comparison, New York has around 8.33 million residents, almost six times the population of Hawaii.

The state is perfect for both romantic getaways and family vacations. Here's a guide to the activities and places to enjoy during your vacation in Hawaii.

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  1. Diamond Head State Monument

Diamond Head State Monument is located in Honolulu. Diamond Head is a volcanic crater formed from an eruption 300,000 years ago.

Locally, it's known as Leahi. Hiking trails offer breathtaking views for both visitors and locals. Note that this can be a busy and hot hiking spot, so be sure to bring plenty of water. Most guests spend about an hour exploring this place.

  1. Pearl Harbor National Memorial

The Pearl Harbor National Memorial consists of several different memorials, each educating visitors about World War II events and the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The USS Arizona Memorial is a floating monument dedicated to those who perished during the Pearl Harbor attack. It was built on the site of the sunken battleship USS Arizona and serves as the final resting place for crew members who gave their lives.

  1. Iolani Palace

Iolani Palace was built in 1882 and served as the official residence of the Hawaiian monarchy.

It's the only royal palace existing in the United States. You can find this beautiful structure in downtown Honolulu.

  1. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is a popular spot for snorkeling. You'll see marine life and stunning corals in Hanauma Bay, located on the island of Oahu.

Daily snorkeling spots are limited, so be sure to make a reservation to secure your spot.

  1. Waikiki Beach

Waikiki Beach is one of the most famous beaches in all of Hawaii. It's located on the southern shore of Oahu and is always bustling with swimmers, surfers, and sunbathers.

You can also relax at one of the beachfront resorts.

  1. Kailua Beach

If you prefer a less crowded experience, Kailua Beach is just 30 km from Waikiki. Here, you can kayak and enjoy the serene surroundings.

Maui 7. Kaanapali Beach

The crystal-clear waters of Kaanapali Beach are perfect for snorkeling. The white sandy beach is often filled with surfers and visitors who want to enjoy the beautiful mountain views and sunsets.

  1. Haleakalā National Park

Maui boasts beautiful hiking spots, including Haleakalā National Park.

This park is a great place to watch the sunrise, but be sure to make a reservation as only a limited number of people are allowed each morning.

  1. Road to Hana

The Road to Hana is full of breathtaking waterfalls and scenic views.

Waiʻanapanapa State Park is a highlight, with its exotic black sand beach formed from volcanic deposits.

Kauai 10. Na Pali Coast

The Na Pali Coast features green cliffs, waterfalls, and valleys. You can explore the area on foot or by boat or kayak.

The Kalalau Trail along the Na Pali Coast is extremely challenging if you choose to hike the entire route. It's a 35 km round trip, but you'll see remote beaches and waterfalls along the way.

  1. Queen’s Bath

Queen’s Bath is a natural lava rock tidal pool the size of a large swimming pool.

You can enjoy a stunning view from Queen's Bath while taking a relaxing bath.

  1. Waimea Canyon

Waimea Canyon is often referred to as the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific." This awe-inspiring canyon is 16 km long.

You can hike to the top or explore one of the hiking trails.

The Big Island (Hawaii) 13. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is home to active volcanoes, including Kīlauea, one of the most active in the world.

The national park is a popular tourist attraction in Hawaii. When visiting, be sure to stay on marked paths and open trails for your safety. Stay away from craters and fissures, and wear sturdy shoes and long pants.

If you're looking for convenient lodging near the national park, Volcano Village is an excellent option.

  1. Manta Ray Snorkeling in Kona

Kona is known for manta ray night snorkeling.

This tour is especially memorable if done at night.

  1. Hiking in Waipi'o Valley

Hiking in Waipi'o Valley offers stunning viewpoints. This hike will take you to Waipi'o Beach, a magnificent beach with fine sand.

  1. Mauna Kea

If you want to stargaze, head to Mauna Kea.

The unobstructed view of the stars is unforgettable. You'll need a four-wheel-drive vehicle, but you can also book a tour instead of driving yourself.

  1. Maniniowali Beach

Manini'owali Beach, also known as Kua Bay, is a great place for swimming and snorkeling with its calm blue waters.

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