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Waimea Canyon State Park, Waimea

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#1 of 92 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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  • Wow! What views the entire drive up. Felt like we stopped every quarter mile to get out and see the view. Highly recommend doing the drive and stopping at the scenic views.  more »
  • Where else can you see red clay canyons, rainforest, and the blue oceans from the same spot? Be careful though, the rainforest can be really rainy and muddy. The lodge is really cool (try the loco Moc...  more »
  • This is where can feel the force of small Edition nature of the Grand Canyon. I think next time I come from the sea wants to look. Popular tours from the sea, should come ago the book is. 3-night but could not reserve in the after arrival. It is too bad.
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  • Awesome place. Waterfalls in the distance. Huge valleys and rock formations. Plenty of spots to stop along the way and take in the beauty. Make sure to stop along side the road as you work your way up. There are some awesome views that aren't part of any official lookout. The weather can play a big part. It was relatively clear when we arrived at the end, but the clouds quickly started rising from the canyon and blocked the views.
  • Gorgeous view of the canyon. Definitely a must see while visiting Kauai. The drive up is not so long, the road is in good condition and there is plenty of public parking. There is even a wheelchair accessible ramp for the view area.
  • This is a beautiful canyon with amazing views. It allows for long hikes as well as a car ride with scenic overlooks. Whatever route you decide to take, you will certainly enjoy the views. Just come prepared with plenty of water and something to put your garbage in so you reduce your footprint.
  • I shared more pics and a review under Waimea Canyon Lookout but didn’t want to miss out sharing about the drive to and from the lookout point. The area of small red dirt hills with a small stream and falls made us feel like we were on a different planet. So cool. The roads were in good shape, and our rental car had no trouble driving on them. Waimea Canyon is a must see.
  • Due to unforeseen circumstances, we only made it about halfway up. What we were able to see was absolutely stunning. The wildlife, flora, canyons, all of it was gorgeous. They had plenty of trails, both low effort and very difficult, and I don't think it was possible to choose a bad one. Definitely recommend during good weather, however there are some areas you can't/shouldn't try to navigate during storms. There is red sand (similar to areas in Utah), so wear clothes you wouldn't mind risking ruining/getting stained.

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