When my forever-adventuring mother initially suggested the trip, I thought, “Palm Springs?” It seemed out of left field, as our family trips typically revolve around National and State Parks with lots of hiking. After visiting, I can see why she was so excited to travel to the Coachella Valley. Each day was a special treat […]
Hawaii is so much more than great beaches and perfect weather, though it’s certainly got plenty of that! Warm turquoise waters, lush rainforests, marine wildlife, history, and culture also make the Aloha State a destination for everyone.
Hawaii has endless opportunities for the adventurous traveler, and you can get a taste of it all from this Hawaii National Parks Grand Slam. From rainforest hikes and waterfalls and snorkeling with sea turtles and manta rays to exploring the moon-like landscape of volcanoes and craters, this trip will introduce you to Hawaii’s best.
The journey begins in the big city of Honolulu, where you’ll tour Pearl Harbor National Memorial and relax on famous Waikiki Beach.
On the Big Island, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park awaits with two of the world’s most active volcanoes. Recent eruptions prompted closures of the park, reminding us just how active these islands really are. The sunny west side of the Big Island features Kona and the Kohala Coast, abundant with active, outdoor opportunities. Known for its fabulous weather and gorgeous beaches, this northwest stretch of coastline is a perfect base for exploring the Big Island.
Maui rounds out this Grand Slam with more Hawaii classics: magnificent beaches, sunrise snorkeling, sea kayaking, whale watching, and waterfall chasing.
Learn from naturalist guides, SCUBA instructors, longtime locals, and more as you hop, skip, and jump from island to island on this Hawaii National Parks Grand Slam.