Even in a state overflowing with breathtaking scenery, Maui’s Road to Hana is legendary. It’s been called the best thing to do in Maui, and even the top scenic drive in the US, and we can’t disagree.
If you’re on Hawaii’
s second-largest island, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to rent a car to explore this epic trail that starts at Kahului (the town with Maui’s main airport) and winds its way to the eastern town of Hana and beyond.
You can also take a tour with an expert who can help you find some of the more hidden jewels of this corner of north-eastern Maui. Ask your hotel concierge for recommendations.
Although you can theoretically drive the Road to Hana in 2 or 3 hours, you’ll want to devote the whole day at least, so you can have ample time to stop to look in awe at the sights, or swim in the sea (all of Hawaii’s beaches are public) or hike on designated trails.
captured just a few highlights of one of the most scenic drives in the world to share with you in this video.
Don’t forget to pack your swimsuit, towels, eco-safe sunscreen, hats, an inexpensive cooler with water and snacks (you’ll find lots of great restaurants for meals en route) and backup batteries/ chargers - also a paper map would be a good idea, as wi-fi access seems to go in and out along the way. When you see the landscape, you’ll understand why!
This is a scenic drive that requires your full attention – again, when you see the video, you’ll understand why! So pack your patience along with your supplies for the day. And put safety first as you drive, when you cross single-lane bridges, or when you pull off at a scenic rest point.
Also consider timing your trip to make the return drive during daylight for maximum visibility and safety, or even stay overnight so you can enjoy the Road to Hana to the fullest.
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