Hawaii, a state in the United States, is basically an archipelago. Admitted to the Union in 1959, this state has earned paradoxical epithets as the 'last state to be admitted to the union' and the 'foremost US state for revenue from tourism'. The capital is the mesmerizing Honolulu, located on the Oahu island.
The tropical climate and consistent trade winds are responsible for the tourism boom that the state is currently enjoying. The fact that it is one of the world's youngest geological formations and its unique Aloha spirit, beaches, and distinct culture are perfect for a soul-rejuvenating vacation. There are a number of inland locales designed to cater to the fancies of adventure or extreme sports enthusiasts. The island is home to Duke Kahanamoku, the 'Father of Modern Surfing', and visual treats such as the Waimea Canyon in Kauai, the tallest sea cliffs in the world, the crater of Haleakala and the Kileaua Volcano - the world's most active volcano.
Vacation in Hawaii
Hawaii is one of the most opted tourist destinations in the world. Interestingly, it is the only US state that is not geographically located in the continent of North America, and the only one that has a palace! These 'firsts' and the scenic beauty of the islands, not forgetting the warmth and hospitality of the inhabitants, earn Hawaii a place among the Top 10 Tourist Hot Spots on every travel itinerary. There are a number of sight seeing venues, each catering to individual leisure time preferences. Some of them include:
This is Hawaii's tallest mountain, flaunting a height of 13,796 feet. The gigantic protrusion lifts itself from the bed of the Pacific Ocean, with a submerged region of more than 20,000 feet! At around 33,500 feet, Mauna Kea is easily taller than Mount Everest!
The National Park Service Sanctuaries
The Haleakala National Park near Kula, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kalaupapa National Historical Park, Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park, and Puuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park, are well preserved natural sanctuaries. These national parks attract naturalists and wildlife conservationists from across the globe, all year round.
Sea Life Park
This venue allows you to get up close and personal with dolphins. The trainers assist you in riding and feeding these gorgeous creatures and also enable children to be a part of special shows as young volunteers.
Big Island Kayak
At the Big Island Kayak you can indulge in snorkeling, canoeing, rafting, kayaking, para-sailing, submarine tours, dolphin cruises, diving and explore the sea caves. The tours are for the brave hearts who know how to extract their money's worth and have a whale of a time!
The islands offer tourists a variety of sightseeing opportunities, venues for recreational activities and local cultural attractions. The year-round cooling showers, make this the ideal locale for honeymoons and family reunions. The isolation of the islands in the central Pacific Ocean region has resulted in the development of environment that host an array of endemic flora and fauna. This feature is by far most alluring and tempting, compared to any other. Hawaii tourism is catered to by budgeted and star rated hotel and restaurant chains. The sports and recreation segments of this gigantic industry are tended to by the best names in the industry, ensuring a yearning for more at the end of every holiday.