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Hilo

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America's Wettest City

One of the island of Hawaii's major towns, Hilo contains a mix of Asian and Polynesian cultures and is known for its proximity to a national park encompassing two active volcanoes. The town also is home to many urban tourist attractions, notably the island's only general art museum. The walkable downtown is a must-do on most tourist itineraries, as it offers everything from well-supplied stores and farmers' markets to trendy restaurants and small ice cream parlors. Despite its touristy character, Hilo manages to maintain a slow-paced way of life, its "kama'aina" (born-and-raised Hawaiians) always finding time for a drink and a chat. Because it has an international airport, the city is a convenient starting point for any trips to the eastern half of the island. Hilo is in Island of Hawaii. Use our United States route maker app to arrange your visit to Hilo and other destinations in United States.
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Where to stay in Hilo

A convenient starting point for any exploration of the eastern portion of the Island of Hawaii, Hilo features many air-conditioned hostels, ideally priced for backpackers and other travelers not intending to spend a great deal of time indoors. For additional amenities and more privacy, book a room at a private bed and breakfast or small hotel near the town's best beaches. To stay closer to the hub of tourist action, consider a mid-range inn located in one of the old buildings in Hilo's historic downtown area.
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