Destination: Hawaii: Maui
Haleakala National Park
One of the most popular things to do on Maui is to drive to the summit of Haleakala Crater Road and watch the sunset. Just as Mark Twain did, you’ll travel at least two hours (he did it by walking) up the thirty-plus switchbacks on Highway 378 and pass through numerous climate zones; and the panoramas at the 10,000-foot summit, stretching for 100 miles in every direction, will floor you to the same degree. Even for a day trip, you’ll have to bring your own food and water, as you’ll find no supplies along the way. Though a car is fine, probably the best way to see Haleakala is on foot. Many day hikes start from the crater’s main entrance, but the hardiest walkers may want to take two days, camping out one night, to go from the rim to the crater floor and back out. Be aware that the weather can and does change quickly at these altitudes. Before beginning any sort of major hike, check with the Haleakala National Park rangers.
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