Fodor's Expert Review Waimea Canyon

Waimea and Waimea Canyon Fodor's Choice

Carved over countless centuries by the Waimea River and the forces of wind and rain, Waimea Canyon is a dramatic gorge nicknamed the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific"—but not by Mark Twain, as many people mistakenly think. Hiking and hunting trails wind through the canyon, which is more than 3,600 feet deep, 1 mile wide, and about 14 miles long. The cliff sides have been sharply eroded, exposing swatches of colorful soil. The deep red, brown, and green hues are constantly changing in the sun, and frequent rainbows and waterfalls enhance the natural beauty. This is one of Kauai's prettiest spots, and it's worth stopping at both the Puu ka Pele and Puu Hinahina lookouts within the state park.

Clean public restrooms and parking are at both lookouts, and the main lookout has ramps for strollers and wheelchairs. If you stop at small pullouts, park completely off the highway and be alert to cyclists.

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Quick Facts

Rte. 550 (Kokee Rd.)
Waimea (Kauai County), Hawaii  96752, USA


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: $10 parking and $5 per person daily fee for nonresidents at main park lookouts

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