Even the names of the islands sound beautiful: Maui, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Hawaii. But sometimes words don’t do justice to the islands. The most beautiful places to visit in the Hawaiian Islands—from unforgettable views on beaches and bays to the best places to catch the sunset—are sure to inspire your next trip. Top 10 Most Scenic Spots in Hawaii
Top 10 Most Scenic Spots in Hawaii
- Waipio Valley Overlook: Big Island
The road along the Hamakua Coast ends with a view of one of the most remote areas of the Big Island. From this point, see the sheer black cliffs and wide green valley that was once home to 4,000 to 20,000 Hawaiians.
- Top of Mauna Kea at Sunset: Big Island
At nearly 14,000 feet, a view from this ash-covered summit at sunset offers not only the opportunity to watch the sun slip into the Pacific through pristine alpine environments but also spectacular views of Maui’s Haleakala.
- Waimea Canyon: Kauai
The oft-used word doesn’t do justice to your first view of the breathtaking Waimea Canyon (otherwise known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific). Narrow cascades plunge thousands of feet into streams that cut through the rust-colored volcanic soil. Continue to the end of the road for a view through the clouds of otherworldly Kalalau Valley.
- Kee Beach: Kauai
At the end of the road on the North Shore, Key Beach is as far away as you can drive and as close to the imaginary cliffs of Bali Hai. Surrounded by palm and almond trees, this white-sand beach is a great place to watch the sunset or the occasional sea lion.
- Garden of the Gods: Lanai
Stones thrown from ancient volcanoes create a natural sculpture garden with dramatic views of Molokai for people with four-wheeled vehicles.
- Road to Hana: Maui
Calling Road to Hana a “beautiful place” might be a bit of a stretch. With myriad waterfalls, black-sand beaches, taro patch views, and the sheer engineering involved in narrow bridges and switchback curves, this stretch of highway in a tropical paradise offer beautiful views around every corner.
- Haleakala: Maui
Known for its views at sunrise, the summit of Haleakala Volcano is equally spectacular at sunset. The Big Island, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe, and Molokini Craters are visible on clear days.
- Kalaupapa: Molokai
Surrounded by the highest sea cliffs in the world, a mule or plane trip to this most beautiful place in Molokai is unforgettable. It is impressive not only because of its lush green cliffs but also for the history of the people who were forced to live and die here.
- Nu‘uanu Pali Lookout: Oahu
With sweeping views of the verdant Koolau Mountains and Kaneohe Bay, the point where Kamehameha I forced enemy warriors to reef should be a stop on any tour around the island.
- Waikiki Beach at Sunset: Oahu
It’s the quintessential Oahu: sailboats and catamarans cruise offshore, Diamondhead glows magenta in the last rays of sunlight while the turquoise Pacific washes softly to pristine beaches.