It doesn't make much sense to take a road trip to Hawaii, but exploring the islands by car is one of the best ways to fully experience all the beauty the Aloha State has to offer-- especially if you want to take on Maui's spectacular, coastal Hana Highway. The 60-mile stretch of road features a reported 620 curves and 59 bridges, which are sure to get your adrenaline pumping. Once you reach Maui, rent a car and hit the road on one of the most spectacular drives in America as you circle around the whole island!
There are dozens and dozens of beaches along the Maui coast, but there are a few that stand out among the rest: Waianapanapa State Park features dramatic black sand, Kaihalulu Beach's shores are made of a rusty red sand, Little Beach is one of the world's top nude beaches for those who want to let it all hang out, and Honolua Bay has some of the state's best surf.
Other can't-miss attractions include Haleakala National Park and its Ohe'o Gulch Falls (aka the Seven Sacred Pools), a series of waterfalls and pools along the stream. At the park, you can also climb the Maui volcano (be warned, it's still active!) or hike past waterfalls and through dense bamboo forests on the Pipiwai Trail. The Keanae Arboretum is home to the psychedelic rainbow eucalyptus trees, or take flight with a visit to Maui's awesome paper airplane museum-- they've got over 2,000 models, some with wingspans up to 6 feet!
For those looking to travel Hawaii on a budget, there are plenty of cozy beachfront hostels along the route-- perfect if your trip involves mostly hiking and surfing. If you've come to relax, then a peaceful little inn or bed and breakfast like the Haiku Cannery Inn is the perfect place to "lei" your head. And make sure to take advantage of the very fresh local cuisine and grab a snack at the Huelo Lookout Fruit Stand, or enjoy a nice meal at Mama's Fish House. You won't want to say "aloha" to Maui at the end of the trip!