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Waimea Canyon State Park, Waimea

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Canyon Lookout
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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  • This is well worth the drive to see Waimea Canyon "The Little Grand Canyon". Breathtaking Views of the Canyon all the way to the Ocean! If you are the least bit susceptible to motion sickness take the...  more »
  • The concierge at our hotel mentioned this place in passing and I'm so glad I was listening! We had a day without any plans and decided to hop in the car and check it out. It took about 1 hour to get t...  more »
  • Absolutely beautiful! Well worth the drive. I'm a bit nervous driving cliff-side so I wasn't sure about this drive, but it was beautiful and well worth it. Nothing to be concerned about. The canyon is...  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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lovely drive and picturesque. There was no maps in the park or a ranger. Research which hikes to do and maybe find a map online. We also saw the canyon by helicopter. Wow!
  • Stop at the pull-offs. A lot of fun he same views without the crowds. Very cool birds, trees, and views. Saw a lot of tropic birds half way up. Go early before the rain rolls in.

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