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Waimea Canyon State Park, Waimea

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Enjoy spectacular views of crested buttes and rugged red cliffs while hiking the geological wonder that is Waimea Canyon State Park. Fondly known as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” the canyon stretches over 22.5 km (14 mi) and is 1,097 m (3,600 ft) deep. Hike along the deep valley gorge to the Waimea Overlook to admire the vivid red and green coloring of the volcanic canyon and for panoramic views of the Kaua’i interior. You can rent a car to explore the area or catch a tour bus to the top of the canyon. Be sure to carry a jacket, as the area tends to be very windy. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Waimea Canyon State Park and many more Waimea attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Waimea trip itinerary planner.
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  • This is one of those places that words and pictures don't do justice. The drive up was amazing with peekaboo views of the canyon and surrounding area . We didn't get to hike but drove to all 5... 
    This is one of those places that words and pictures don't do justice. The drive up was amazing with peekaboo views of the canyon and surrounding area . We didn't get to hike but drove to all 5...  more »
  • Well worth the drive to see this area of Kauai as well as Koke’e State Park. Awesome views and many trails leading into the canyons. 
    Well worth the drive to see this area of Kauai as well as Koke’e State Park. Awesome views and many trails leading into the canyons.  more »
  • This was an amazing park with plenty of options for everyone. There are plenty of lookouts ($10 parking, $5 each person for entry and good for entire day at all spots so don’t keep rebuying passes... 
    This was an amazing park with plenty of options for everyone. There are plenty of lookouts ($10 parking, $5 each person for entry and good for entire day at all spots so don’t keep rebuying passes...  more »
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  • Stunning views with super easy access! We drove through the park stopping at scenic outlooks and got to see stunning views of the canyon. The views get better as you go further in. We decided to take one of the hiking trails and realized quickly we were not well prepared so make sure to do your research if you want to hike. There is a small fee as you get further into the park, you can pay at machines in the parking lot. The views were stunning and much more than we expected
  • This is by far one of the most beautiful places I have ever been! The views over the canyon are absolutely breathtaking. There is a very nice lookout area with some good views and photo spots. There are also a couple trails that you can walk/hike that have some good views as well (although they are a bit challenging). Overall a must-visit place on the island.
  • Fabulous adventure with stunning vistas! Don't miss out on the hike to the waterfalls! It's a time commitment but absolutely worth it. Wear good hiking shoes and take time to enjoy all of the views.
  • It’s a tough hot hike so bring plenty of water. Once you get to the falls it’s a great place to picnic. Serene and plenty of photo ops. Long winding road to get there and it’s $5 per person plus $10 per car but it’s all for the park so I didn’t mind one bit. There are a few trails and if your daring and properly equipped then go for the Black Pipe trail but if you aren’t then please don’t. It’ll literally take you out.
  • Waimea Canyon State Park is absolutely majestic! Mini Grand Canyon on the island of Kauai (Hawaii). Definitely interesting to see the beautiful sights of nature. Since we are local I don’t know how much it costs for entrance/parking fee for the the main lookout point but there are other lookout spots you can stop on the side of the road to see the canyon as well.

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