Kauai, nicknamed the Garden Isle, is a green gem. With dramatic, sweeping views and a lush rainforest, Kauai is a destination for hikers, beachgoers and, really, anyone who loves jaw-dropping natural beauty.
Waimea Canyon Lookout offers panoramic views of the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” Gorgeous red-tinted rock stretches out as far as the eye can see. The official lookout point provides easy access to the magnificent view with a nearby parking lot and viewing platform. For a more rugged experience, Tread Lightly offers light hiking tours.
An even more jaw-dropping adventure is to see Kauai’s natural beauty from above. Island Helicopters offers a Jurassic Falls tour. The tour lands near the base of the waterfall made famous in Jurassic Park, officially called Manawaiopuna Falls. After a short jungle hike, you’ll be able to experience this wonder of nature up close.
Kauai’s Poipu Beach has designated areas for swimming, snorkeling and surfing, plus plenty of sand to relax with a good book if that’s more your style. Picnic areas and nearby eateries make it easy to spend the whole day here. Bonus: You might spot a monk seal – they love to rest in the sand.
Kilohana Plantation Estate brings Hawaiian history to life. Filled with Hawaiian antiques and art, the restored 1930s mansion is a beautiful blast from the past. The plantation has its own railway to take visitors on tours across its sprawling orchards and gardens. Stunning views of Mt. Waialeale set the scene for al fresco dining at Gaylord’s in the manor’s courtyard. And for a night cap? Head over to Koloa Rum Company for samples of Hawaii’s only locally made rum.