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Waimea Canyon State Park, Waimea

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Canyon State Park
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. For Waimea Canyon State Park and beyond, use our Waimea vacation planner to get the most from your Waimea vacation.
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  • Each visit to the canyon brings a different perspective mainly dependent on the weather. The views at the end of the road of the Na Pali coast are either clear or sock in with clouds with the clouds m...  more »
  • An interesting geological feature that was worth visiting. There were a couple of lookouts to visit. There is also a roadside pull over where the waterfall can be seen quite well.  more »
  • A must see if you visit Kauai, fairly simple drive (windy but easy) to the top of the canyon and beyond. Fantastic Viewing and if you are up to it - Walks or Hikes. Get there early as it gets busy (li...  more »
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  • Fantastical views are amaze-balls. Nice picnic areas, restrooms, and trails. Definitely go in the morning - clouds will roll in around noon and obstruct views of the canyon. No cell service so bring a sat phone if you go hiking on one of the trails.
  • This is well worth the trip. You get great views from the overlooks. If you have some more time though, take a look at the trails.
  • Loved the views, one tip if you're in the grey muck mist if just to wait five minutes, it clears very quickly and the beautiful vistas open up
  • Was told it rivaled the grand canyon, and did not disappoint! Beautiful if not slightly terrifying drive up, plenty of scenic pull offs, great overlook areas, good hiking, much cooler and breezier at the elevation, which was a welcome relief, but bring insect repellant. The road also leads to koke'e park, make a day of it!
  • One of the most beautiful places in the USA. A lush version of the Grand Canyon. Exceptional. It's really nice to visit from the viewpoints along the scenic drive. Walk a few feet away from the crowds and experience serenity.