Hawaii Top 10 Attractions

Historically known for its sugar, pineapple, and whaling industries, Hawaii now economically depends on its U.S. military and tourism. Among the state's major assets is its natural and beautiful islands. Hawaii has eight primary islands: Hawaii, Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Niihau and Kahoolawe. As far as tourism goes, Hawaii can keep every visitor happy. The Oahu Island is ideal for visitors who'd like to experience the beautiful islands but still remain within city conveniences. Hawaii also has options for the slow-paced tourists. The several rainforests and waterfalls conjure up images of how the place would have look liked before the corporations arrived. Here are the top 10 attractions that you should not miss while you are in Hawaii.

1: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Photo Courtesy: Carol M. Highsmith

This is the best place to visit for those who have always been awed and fascinated by Hawaii's many volcanoes. While at the park you can opt to hop on a bike and discover dramatic views of volcanic landscapes. You can also opt to drive through Crater Rim Drive to witness some of the most magnificent and breathtaking views of the volcanoes. If you want to give yourself a good workout while on vacation, you can also opt to hike through the park's trails. Other activities that you can enjoy here include camping and lava viewing.

Address: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, HI 96718
Website: www.nps.gov

2: Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
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Hanauma Bay is a marine life conservation district and is known to be one of the most popular snorkeling destinations in Hawaii. Here you can rent a snorkel and enjoy swimming with some of the most colorful fishes, gorgeous coral reefs, and exotic marine life in the bay's pristine blue waters. You can also spend part of your time at the Marine Education Center to watch exhibits and presentations that will open your mind on how to conserve Mother Nature.

Address: 100 Hanauma Bay Rd, Honolulu, HI 96825

3: Diamond Head State Monument

Diamond Head State Monument
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Eric Tessmer

This monument sits on the eastern edge of the Waikiki coastline. Visiting the monument will give you a hiking experience like no other. Serious hikers will enjoy going through the 0.8-mile hike from the trail head to the summit. The hike will also give visitors a glimpse into the geological and military history of Diamond Head. Going through the trails, you will eventually reach a lighted 225-foot tunnel, which is the entrance to the Fire Control station built in 1911. For a wonderful mix of history and adventure, Diamond Head is the perfect destination for you.

Address: Diamond Head State Monument, Honolulu, HI 96815

4: Haleakala National Park

Haleakala National Park
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Pascal Walschots

Have you always been fascinated by Hawaiian culture? Haleakala National Park will give you the perfect experience that gives you a glimpse into how the natives used to live and how they interacted with the land surrounding them. Enjoy a day of hiking through the Wilderness and explore the Kipahulu Area where you will learn more about Hawaiian culture.

Address: Haleakala National Park, Kula, HI 96790
Website: www.nps.gov

5: Waimea Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Waimea Arboretum and Botanical Garden
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Oahu's Wiamea Arboretum and Botanical Garden is famous for its exotic collection of flora that you will not find anywhere else in the world. It features 36 major botanical collections, all collected in a valley ranges in elevation from sea level to 1,000 feet. One of the most exciting things that you can enjoy here is their Moon Walk tour each month. Join this tour that starts at 8:30 PM and witness rare Hawaiian flowers blooming under the beautiful moonlight.

Address: 59-864 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712

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