Megan Shute for Only In Your State on 15 beautiful places in Hawaii. Join us on our Volcano Express tour leaving from either Waikoloa or Kona to experience Hawaii National Volcanoes Park, the crown jewel of the Big Island.
Easily the most unique state in America, the Hawaiian Islands are home to countless stunning landscapes sure to take your breath away. From stark volcanic landscapes and incredible rock formations to lush mountains and cascading waterfalls, here are 15 of the most breathtaking landscapes in Hawaii. With all of its natural beauty, including mountain ranges, gorgeous beaches, and picturesque views around every corner, it is no wonder that Hawaii is a favorite vacation spot for everyone from America’s east coast to Japan or Korea.
1. Waimea Canyon
Waimea Canyon, located on Kauai, is often referred to as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” — and absolutely no one is questioning why.
2. Mauna Kea Observatory
The night sky is the most stunning when viewed from 4,200 meters high, on top of Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano found on the island of Hawaii.
3. Na Pali Coast
There’s nothing quite like this remote and beautiful stretch of coastline on Kauai’s northwest shore. Unfortunately, there is no road access to this landscape — only the dangerous Kalalau Trail, a boat, or helicopter tour.
4. All Hawaiian Rainbows… Ever
Though a rainbow is certainly not a place, a list of jaw-dropping places in Hawaii wouldn’t be complete without a Hawaiian rainbow, especially over the city of Honolulu.
5. Lanakai Beach
This beach, found on Oahu’s windward side, is consistently ranked as one of Hawaii’s best beaches and it’s so easy to see why with its crystallien turquoise waters and fine, white sand.
6. Secret Cove
This stunning spot on Maui is the perfect way to start your day — or get married!
7. Ko’olau Mountains
When you are sick of looking out on the ocean, all you have to do is simply turn around and take in the beauty of this majestic Oahu mountain range.
8. Kilauea Caldera
This fiery attraction is located within Hawaii Volcano National Park, and is considered to be one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Talk about the beautiful power of nature!
9. Spouting Horn Kauai
Located on Kauai’s south shore, this natural blowhole is one of the island’s most photographed spots.
10. Kaena Point
This state park occupies the northwestern most tip of Oahu and is only accessible by foot. Lucky hikers might even spot Hawaiian monk seals and albatrosses.
11. Akaka Falls State Park
This 422-foot waterfall is one of Hawaii’s most impressive, and easily accessible to those of all ages by a paved staircase to the falls.
12. Sweetheart Rock
Located between Manele and Hulopoe Bay is a Lanai landmark, Puu Pehe, more commonly known as sweetheart rock.
13. Shark’s Cove
One of Hawaii’s favorite snorkeling destinations, found on Oahu’s North Shore, we’re happy to report that Shark’s Cove isn’t a destination frequented by sharks.
14. Papakolea Green Sand Beach
Most people have heard of Hawaii’s black sand beaches, but have you ever been to Hawaii Island’s lesser-known, but still impressive Green Sand Beach? It’s one of the only green sand beaches in the world!
15. Kahakuloa Bay
Located off Maui’s Kahakili Highway, this bay is home to a small village with big, beautiful views.