The country’s most recent state is also the one that most springs to mind when we contemplate paradise. It’s the only state in the union composed entirely of islands, encompassing the volcanic Hawaiian archipelago. Hawaii is a land of verdant green mountain ranges, golden beaches, rushing waterfalls and ever-appearing rainbows. And despite its tropical climate, constant easterly trade winds keep the humidity down and the temperatures pleasant. And because it’s a place that’s proud of its multicultural heritage, Hawaii is just as beautiful and diverse culturally as it is naturally.

Flights to Honolulu

Probably the most well-known of the Hawaiian Islands is Oahu, home to the state capital of Honolulu. As the most populous island and the place where two-thirds of the state’s population live, it’s a place that’s equal parts naturally beautiful and surprisingly urban. And Honolulu, the most remote city of its size in the world, is the center of its urban appeal. There you’ll find the famous Waikiki Beach with views of the volcanic tuff cone Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay a horseshoe-shaped destination for snorkelers and the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor.

Flights to Kauai

Called the “Garden Island,” Kauai is the oldest of the volcanically-formed islands in the Hawaiian archipelago. It’s also arguably one of the most naturally spectacular. Rural in many parts with less dense populations than the cities on Oahu and the Big Island, it offers up breathtaking scenery around every turn. Many of the islands best views lie at the end of treks and hikes, but just as many are easily accessible by less rigorous modes of transportation. And no trip to Kauai is complete without a visit to Waimea Canyon, the Grand Canyon of the Pacific.

Flights to Maui

One of the most popular destinations on the Hawaiian Islands is its second-largest island of Maui. Formed by the convergence of two erupting volcanoes, Maui is an island diverse in geology, natural wonders and even climate. Adventure seekers will find hikes that lead to well-earned vistas, snorkeling amid colorful fish and coral reefs and one of the best places to whale watch in the Hawaiian Islands. But of course, for the more laidback vacationer, it’s also a place to recline on white-sand beaches, laze at posh hotels or taste wine at altitude high above the Central Valley.

Flights to Hawaii (the Big Island)

The state of Hawaii happens to be named after the largest island in its chain, which is colloquially referred to as “the Big Island” to differentiate it. The Big Island is home to just as many natural wonders as its neighboring islands, including Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano even taller than Mt. Everest when measured from its base underwater. The island’s two major cities are Hilo (ITO) on the east coast and Kona (KOA) on the west. Outdoors enthusiasts especially will enjoy the diverse landscapes and activities available to those with a taste for adventure.

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