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Waimea Canyon State Park, Waimea

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Canyon Lookout Must See
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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  • Long drive to get there but worth it. Of course not as grand as GC, but a great geological feature. Stop at the first look out for best views and restrooms.  more »
  • So many great views on the way up here! You just feel tiny against those huge valleys. Do some hikes if you can to get even better views.  more »
  • Well worth doing - unfortunately we didn't have time to do some of the trails within the Canyon, but they'll definitely be on our list next time. Great views from lots of different vantage points.  more »
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  • BEAUTIFUL views. There's plenty of room along the railings to accommodate fairly large crowds for some great pictures. Handicapped accessible ramp right to the edge which was really great to see. Good bathrooms and a cute fruit stand right at the entrance. Completely worth the twisting and turning road up!
  • Breathtaking views! I hiked the canyon trial. I would say that is a pretty easy hike with one small section with soft ground that makes it hard to go down hill. Waterfall at the end with a good pool! Go in the morning to avoid the crowd.
  • Beautiful drive through some of the most beautiful forest. The weather changes quickly as you progress through the drive. We would have loved to see the full view... unfortunately there was too much rain. Great spots along the way for stopping and enjoying a picnic lunch. Truly magnificent beauty.
  • The canyon is very impressive with all sorts of shades of green, red and brown. Unfortunately, the trails signage is minimal and unsatisfactory. You have to rely on other people's estimations to know how long you still have to go. Great viewpoint near the end of the "Canyon trail", the waterfall is about 5 minutes farther, it is not very tall, but still beautiful. Plan for a 2.5 - 3 hours hike at a normal pace.
  • Amazing views. Bathrooms on site after long drive. Also usually stand where u can buy local fruits. Was bright and sunny (ie not foggy) so we had nice unobstructed views of the Canyon. Can see a few waterfalls in the distance. Unfortunately, lots of choppers flying around too.

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