10 of the Most Striking Spots in Hawaii

Discover our favorite activities in the Aloha State.

There are iconic spots in Hawaii that first-time visitors need to see to believe, but there are also the lesser known gems that the locals know are just as worthy of your time–especially on that second or third return trip. For a mix of both, add these 10 experiences to your list of things to do on your next visit to the Aloha State.

<p>There’s a reason there are so many jaw-dropping scenes in <i>Jurassic Park</i>. Those views of Kauai can’t be rushed, and should be taken in from every angle. A helicopter tour will show you the stunning waterfalls; sailing along the coast will leave you feeling small and insignificant against the natural majesty; a catamaran snorkeling excursion reveals aquatic wonders; and Zodiac tours get you closer to sea caves, Hawaiian Monk seals, pods of dolphins, or green sea turtles. Kauai is the only island in the state with navigable rivers, making it perfect for a kayak adventure or <a href="http://kauaibackcountry.com/" target="_blank">inner tube excursion</a>. Prefer a challenge? Hike the legendary coast, a <a href="http://www.hawaiistateparks.org/hiking/kauai/kalalau.cfm" target="_blank">22-mile round</a>-trip trail that is considered the state’s best backpacking route.</p>

See Kauai landscapes by land, sea, and sky

There’s a reason there are so many jaw-dropping scenes in Jurassic Park. Those views of Kauai can’t be rushed, and should be taken in from every angle. A helicopter tour will show you the stunning waterfalls; sailing along the coast will leave you feeling small and insignificant against the natural majesty; a catamaran snorkeling excursion reveals aquatic wonders; and Zodiac tours get you closer to sea caves, Hawaiian Monk seals, pods of dolphins, or green sea turtles. Kauai is the only island in the state with navigable rivers, making it perfect for a kayak adventure or inner tube excursion. Prefer a challenge? Hike the legendary coast, a 22-mile round-trip trail that is considered the state’s best backpacking route.

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