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Waimea Canyon

Gaze out at the colorful greens and reds of the majestic peaks and troughs in Kauai’s Grand Canyon of the Pacific.

Waimea Canyon is a stunning valley of red-brown hills and green vegetation. This exceptional Hawaiian wonder stretches across 14 miles (23 kilometers) of tumultuous topography at a maximum depth of 3,600 feet (1,100 meters). Bring your camera for excellent photo opportunities in this scenic part of the world.

Drive through the park along the main road to reach Waimea Canyon Overlook, which offers a marvelous vista from a popular vantage point. Stop multiple times and leave your car in the parking lots of the Puu ka Pele and Puu Hinahina viewing areas and walk around.

Look for intriguing geographical features that make up the spectacular canyon, including deep valley gorges, jagged peaks and crested buttes. Rainbows often make an appearance over the canyon.

Continue traveling up the twisting road next to the long canyon, which is about 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) wide. Bring snacks and refreshments and set up a picnic with your family with this wonderful backdrop. The canyon was formed by erosion from the Waimea River. Follow the winding trails that surround the canyon to see waterfalls and streams that add to the wonder of this natural treasure.

Take a helicopter ride with a tour operator around the island and appreciate the immense canyon from above. Walk along the ridges of the canyon and spot the comparatively small helicopters buzzing around. Continue hiking north through the park to reach Koke’e State Park, where you will find many trails and intriguing geological formations.

Make sure to bring hiking shoes and extra layers of clothing in anticipation of sudden changes in temperature and weather. Choose between a self-guided tour with a rental car and a tour bus operator.

Waimea Canyon is in Waimea Canyon State Park on the western side of the island of Kauai. Drive north for about 6 miles (10 kilometers) from Waimea to reach the start of the park. Visit nearby attractions, such as the Ku’la Natural Area Reserve, the Pu’u O Kila Lookout and the Na Pali-Kona Forest Reserve.


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Lodging Near Waimea Canyon

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The Cabins at Kokee

The Cabins at Kokee

3600 Kokee State Park, Waimea (Kauai)
3.6
of 5, from 22 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Waimea, this cabin is steps from Kokee Natural History Museum and Koke'e State Park. Na Pali Coast State Park and Waimea Canyon are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$198
The West Inn Kauai

The West Inn Kauai

9690 Kaumualii Highway, Waimea (Kauai)
3.6
of 5, from 34 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of West Kauai Technology and Visitor Center and Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park. One Ali'i Fishpond and Kauai Soto Zen Temple Zenshuji are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$299
Waimea Plantation Cottages, a Coast Resort

Waimea Plantation Cottages, a Coast Resort

9400 Kaumualii Highway, Waimea (Kauai)
4.4
of 5, from 414 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Coconut trees rustle amid the black-sand beaches of East Kauai, and pretty gardens surround this former sugar plantation; set on 27 acres, cottages offer quiet respite close to the entrance of Waimea Canyon.

Hale La by West Kauai Lodging

Hale La by West Kauai Lodging

8240A Elepaio Rd, Kekaha
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this vacation home is 3.8 mi (6.1 km) from Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park and within 12 mi (20 km) of Polihale State Park and Waimea Canyon. Koke'e State Park is 16.2 mi (26.1 km) away.

Kekaha Beach Bungalow - Free Wifi, Bikes and Boogie Boards!

Kekaha Beach Bungalow - Free Wifi, Bikes and Boogie Boards!

7990 Ulili Rd, Kekaha
4.9
of 5, from 29 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Kekaha, this property is in the same area as West Kauai Technology and Visitor Center and Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park. Regional attractions also include Waimea Canyon and Polihale State Park.

Historic Faye Properties

Historic Faye Properties

4469 Halepule Rd, Waimea (Kauai)
3.1
of 5, from 15 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this vacation home is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park and 10.7 mi (17.2 km) from Waimea Canyon. Polihale State Park and Koke'e State Park are also within 20 mi (32 km).

Romantic Cottage, Private Acre of Paradise, View! Pool!

Romantic Cottage, Private Acre of Paradise, View! Pool!

5047 Wainiha Powerhouse Rd, Hanalei
4.7
of 5, from 28 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

This vacation home is located in Hanalei (Wainiha), close to Wainiha Beach Park, Limahuli Garden and Reserve, and Maniniholo Dry Cave. Local attractions also include Tunnels Beach and Lumahai Beach.

On the River! Best of North Shore Kauai

On the River! Best of North Shore Kauai

4708 Anahulu Rd, Hanalei
0.0 out of 5.0

This guesthouse is located in Hanalei (Wainiha), close to Wainiha Beach Park, Lumahai Beach, and Tunnels Beach. Local attractions also include Limahuli Garden and Reserve and Hanalei Bay.