More than tropical temperatures and colorful flowers, the Pacific Islands are where battles raged, and cultures continue to flourish. Today, visitors have the opportunity to hear personal accounts of war survival. Also, witness artistry of indigenous peoples, or even feel the cold rush of rain (or lava!)
Decorated in white sand, verdant jungles, and colorful coral reefs, the national parks of the Pacific Islands are all ripe for exploration this time of year. Read on to learn our editors’ picks for the Best National Parks of the Pacific:
Located in Honolulu, Hawaii, Pearl Harbor is a must-see for anyone who appreciates war memorials, World War II history, or simply looking for a fascinating addition to their Oahu island vacation. The attack on Pearl Harbor has fascinated Americans for decades as being one of the most well-known enemy attacks against the U.S. While December 7th may forever live in infamy, the event has captured the hearts and minds of many with books, big budget studio movies, video games, and more. However, the best way to experience history is in person, and this guide serves to help you on your visit.
This relatively remote national park, situated on the picturesque island of Maui, promises a true taste of Hawaii. With a vast array of native plants and animals, plus a wealth of ways to explore the great outdoors, it’s a great choice for experienced and novice hikers alike. Throughout the year, visitors can take advantage of various educational programs that celebrate the area’s cultural and geographical history. The park is open to the public 24/7, so there’s never a bad time to plan a visit, though temperatures can be quite cold in the higher elevations all year round.
Do you enjoy the outdoors? Are you eager to climb that hiking path or attempt a yoga pose on top of a mountain? If you prefer ditching your hotel room for a quiet refuge in nature, your next vacation should enable you to reconnect with the great outdoors. These six destinations are great for those who are seeking a getaway to explore nature:
Whether you only have a few hours or an entire week to explore, you can have an enjoyable experience in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. The park is located on the Island of Hawai’i (also known as the “Big Island”) and you’ll find not just one, but two active volcanoes here. One of them, Kīlauea, is considered one of the most active on the planet … and the other, Mauna Loa, sets size records. All in all, a visit to the park is an epic experience!
Think you need to hop a flight to Europe to see some truly awe inspiring castles? Well not so fast! There are actually at least a dozen amazing castles dotted all around America that are absolutely worth a visit on your next vacation or road trip.