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Top 5 Scenic Drives in Hawaii

Hawaii has some of the most beautiful landscape in the world, and the top 5 scenic drives in Hawaii give you a chance to see those landscapes.

As well as taking a number of excellent and well-organized tours with HawaiiDiscount.com across all of the major islands, you can also hire a car and take to the roads. With a car you can explore most of the islands’ scenery, but you have to make sure you don’t miss these top 5 scenic drives in Hawaii:

  1. Road to Hana, Maui

The most famous road in Hawaii, the Hana Road in Maui is worthy of spot number one on the list of the most scenic drives in Hawaii.

Follow the winding Hana Highway from the northeast of Maui along the coastline of the island. On one side you will see beautiful green cliffs with a smattering of waterfalls and on the other side you will notice gold, black and red sandy beaches.

Don’t forget to stop off to buy some fresh tropical fruit along the 52-mile-long highway to break up the three-hour drive from Hana to Kahului.

  1. Route 560, Kauai

Kauai’s north shore is one of the most typical “Hawaiian” spots in Hawaii.

The beautiful scenery as you drive along Route 560 is worth the ride, not only will you see some of the most stunning coastlines but you can also stop off at breath-taking beaches, such as Hanalei Bay, one of the most beautiful beaches in Hawaii.

On this drive, you can witness the stunning taro fields, drive over quaint one-lane bridges and drive through the town of Hanalei, one of the most “Hawaiian” and local parts of the island.

  1. Chain of Craters, The Big Island

The Big Island is know for its spectacular volcanoes – both active and inactive – and driving along the famous 23-mile-long Chain of Craters road is absolutely fascinating.

The road meanders through the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and there is a chance that you will see some lava from the safety of your car. But don’t be discouraged if you don’t see lava…the rocky landscape of brown earth is beautiful in its own way. This scenery is very different from the usual green hills on other Hawaiian islands.

  1. Windward, Oahu

Oahu’s Windward coast is one of the most authentic parts of the island.

Start on the Pali Highway, where you can stop off at the Nuuanu Pali Lookout point, join up with the Kamhamehu Highway and cool down at quiet beaches, small towns and beautiful inlets when it gets a little too hot. Great for kids, there are plenty of other activity-based pit stops you can make on the route.

The Polynesian Cultural Center is one of the best, giving kids and adults alike great insight into the history of the people on the islands.

  1. Haleakala National Park, Maui

This drive is way above sea level, a towering 9,740 feet…so before taking the drive, give yourself a day to acclimatize at the top. This will help you avoid altitude sickness.

Once you have adjusted to the height, you can head out on one of the most unusual and impressive drives in Hawaii. Be sure to pull up at the Waikamoi Cloud Forest along the way, where you can spend some time birdwatching and pinching yourself that you are in a cloud forest.

It’s best to take this drive in the morning, when the sky is clearer and it isn’t as hot…just be aware that it can be cold if you plan to start at dawn.


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