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Waimea Canyon State Park, Waimea

4.9
#1 of 105 in Parks in Kauai
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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  • Gorgeous! We just drove to the points but you can hike too! Not to be missed! Take a jacket to the look out points since it gets breezy.  more »
  • The canyon is really beautiful. The lookouts provide a great view of the canyon, for those who are up for a hike, the canyon trail will not disappoint you. But it is very steep and can be muddy. Plan ...  more »
  • My wife and I visited this canyon today. This is a must see if you are visiting Kauai. There are no entrance fees. Its all free. There are plenty of parking spots/lookouts for views. Dont bother payin...  more »
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  • Waimea Canyon is awesome! You have to go see it. It's like a baby Grand Canyon, and there are plenty of hikes. There are also a few lookout points for those who do not want to hike. If you go, drive all the way to the end for a spectacular experience.
  • Perfect spot to get one the the greatest view I got in my life. Perfect with family since it is accessible with any type of car. Everyone will enjoy the ride and the view.
  • Amazing! Easy hike when dry ( I'm assuming). Views are incredible. If youre feeling adventurous do some hiking up here. Just be prepared for tons of mud after heavy rains! And bring a lot of water to drink!
  • The best thing about this place was that it was uncrowded and free. If you have been to Hawaii that is something you can't normally say. Even the drive there is interesting with multiple pullouts, many in rough, unimproved condition. Don't pass them by, as there are great vistas worth seeing. There are a few side roads on your way up. I recommend you take one or two of them on your way back down from the main attraction. They are less crowded and offer closer and better views of the waterfall. All the roads down the mountain lead to the same little town so explore without worrying. I feel so sorry for those who drive all the way up, then all the way down without stopping at all the walkable sites and photo opportunities.
  • Astoundingly beautiful with some really great hiking. It's fun to go to the top and experience a rain forest atmosphere. Don't forget to bring a rain jacket! And don't be disappointed if you can't see down the coast-side to the ocean. It's always cloudy at the top and usually has poor visibility on that side. The best bet for having a less cloudy day is hiking during the dry season (summer) and I've gone during the very beginning and very end of rainy season.
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