Three Places for Return Visitors to Kauai to See and Experience
No one can truly say they’ve “been everywhere and done everything” in Hawaii. No one.
That’s because, in the Hawaiian Islands, even the most iconic, popular and well-traveled spots reveal unexpected finds and rewarding surprises along the route to get there.
Give yourself a little more time to more fully check out the lay of the land at road-ending Haena State Park on Kauai’s north shore and you’ll find lessons in Hawaiian cultural and agricultural history at Limahuli Garden and Preserve, alongside the area’s miles of white sand beaches.
Hawaii’s six major islands – Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, and Hawaii Island – provide travelers with infinite possibilities for unexpected exploration beyond places and locales generally considered iconic to the Islands. And neither residents nor repeat visitors can claim they’ve exhausted every one of these possibilities. Here are three place for return visitors to Kauai to see:
IF YOU’VE BEEN TO: the Kalalau Lookout at Kokee State Park, and taken in its high-elevation vista of the Napali Coast’s lush Kalalau Valley and ocean beyond …
NEXT TIME, CHECK OUT: the park’s multiple hiking trails, traversing the towering heights of the cool, windswept ridges of Napali and lush mist-enshrouded landscape surrounding the plateau of Mount Waialeale.
IF YOU’VE BEEN TO: Waimea Canyon, but taken in its visual grandeur of the 14-mile-long gorge only from its scenic overlooks …
NEXT TIME, CHECK OUT: the less-traveled vistas of Waimea Canyon State Park from the Kukui Trail (which descends 2,000 feet to the canyon floor) or the Iliau Nature Loop Trail (which skirts the canyon’s west rim). If sightseeing from a two-wheel-perch is more your thing, take a sunrise or afternoon downhill bicycle tour with Outfitters Kauai descending canyon-hugging Kokee Road from its 3,600-foot elevation to sea level.
IF YOU’VE BEEN TO: Wailua River State Park and navigated its tranquil waters to the hanging emerald flora that gave the lava rock cavern Fern Grotto its name …
NEXT TIME, CHECK OUT: the three beautiful gardens of the nonprofit National Tropical Botanical Garden organization – Limahuli Garden and Preserve, which restores the native and canoe plant terraces of an early Hawaiian agricultural river valley; Allerton Garden, a tranquil, surprise-filled marriage of ornamental and tropical flora, art and landscape design; and McBryde Garden, with its prodigious collection of tropical flora from Hawaii and around the world.
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