A guide to each of the Hawaiian Islands
Are you still having that dream about Hawaii? The one where you’re at the beach sipping a Mai Tai? Hawaii is a rich and beautiful place with unique nuances between each island. Read more for a breakdown of what makes each island special and other essential things to keep in mind when picking your destination.
Known for: Kaua'i is also known as "The Garden Isle" because of the tropical rainforest blanketing most of the land. Kaua'i is small at just 25 miles long and 33 miles wide, with roughly 77,000 locals, but represents the land of discovery for Hawaiian culture and the spirit of aloha. The iconic island scenery appears as the backdrop to several movies, including Jurassic Park, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Blue Hawaii, and Lilo & Stitch.
"The oldest and northernmost island in the Hawaiian chain is draped in emerald valleys, sharp mountain spires, and jagged cliffs aged by time and the elements. Centuries of growth have formed tropical rainforests, forking rivers, and cascading waterfalls! Some parts of Kauai are only accessible by sea or air, revealing views beyond your imagination."
Things to do: Kaua'i is full of small towns like Hanapepe and Koloa, where visitors can taste local cuisine and culture. Because of some exclusive access points, it's a great destination for water activities and sky tours like kayaking the Wailua River or ziplining across the valleys. Other activities include snorkeling, horseback riding, and hiking.
Things to note: Most of the Kaua'i hiking trails require a permit. To obtain, call the State Parks Office at (808)-274-3444. To learn more about Kaua'i trails, go to their website.
Major regions: North Shore (Princeville), East Side (Coconut Coast), Lihue (Kalapaki), South Shore (Poipu), West Side (Waimea).
Airport: Lihue Airport, LIH with services from Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines
Known for: The heart of Hawaii is also known as "The Gathering Place," which is home to the capital city of Honolulu and the majority of Hawaii's diverse population. This melting pot fuses cultures from the East and West with the values and traditions of Native Hawaii. Oahu is the third-largest island with world-famous surf, Waikiki beach, historic China Town, and Pearl Harbor.
"It's this fundamental contrast between the ancient and the modern that makes discovering Oahu — from bustling city life to laidback surf towns — so enjoyable. Oahu, the child of Papa and Lua according to one tradition, is honored in this chant composed by Kumu Hula Manu Boyd and performed by Kumu Hula Snowbird Bento."
Things to do: Oahu's bustling from Honolulu's affluent culture where you can dine at farm-to-table restaurants, visit historic destinations, experience hula. Beyond learning to surf, you can explore the ocean by taking a group outrigger canoe ride off Waikiki Beach.
Things to note: Oahu is the most affordable island for travelers. The competitive prices offer up the ideal budget vacation between the abundance of hotels, activities, city life, and attractions.
Major regions: North Shore, Honolulu, Central Oahu, Windward Coast, Leeward Coast
Airport: Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, HNL. Also known as the Honolulu International airport.
Known for: Hawaii's fifth-largest island is only 38 miles long and 10 miles across its widest point, making it easily accessible by foot, bike, or car. The highest sea cliffs in the world populate the island and the longest continuous reef. The majority of Molokai's population preserves the island roots of rural lifestyles.
"Whether you're led by a guide along the cliffs leading to Kalaupapa National Historical Park or discovering Papohaku Beach, one of Hawaii's largest white-sand beaches, Molokai is truly an island of outdoor adventure where Hawaii's past comes alive!"
Things to do: The best thing to do in Molokai is to explore the deep jungles, cathedral valleys, beaches, and one of the most remote settlements in the world. The ancient Halawa Valley features one of Hawaii's most iconic landscapes. Anglers and divers celebrate Molokai for its diverse underwater landscapes.
Things to note: This island is considered the "getaway" for inter-island travelers, with some of the most deserted beaches among the Hawaiian islands.
Major regions: West End, Central Molokai, East End
Airport: Hoolehua Airport, MKK. Mokulele Airlines services inter-island flights from Oahu or Maui.
Known for: This is the smallest inhabited island open for travelers to Hawaii. Located only nine miles away from Maui, yet it feels like a whole other world. Visitors can indulge at luxurious resorts or take a 4-wheel-drive to explore hidden treasures. Lanai is known for its serenity, adventure, and privacy.
"Take the rocky road to Kaiolohia (Shipwreck Beach) for dazzling views of Molokai and Maui, go horseback riding amid lush valleys and ironwood forests near Lanai City, amble the Munro Trail through the lush rainforest to Lanai's highest point at 3,370 feet—the opportunities for adventure on Lanai are endless."
Things to do: There are 400 miles of dirt roads, hiking trails, and 18 miles of secluded beaches. With that, the world is yours. You can hike, explore the parks and gardens, ride horses, go clay shooting or enjoy an archery adventure. Get on the water at sunset for a romantic boat ride or go whale watching.
Things to note: Some of the best whale watching can happen in the ocean channels between Lanai, Maui, and Molokai when humpback whales travel to Hawaii in winter and spring. There are only a few ways to get here, and it's from another island.
Major regions: North Lanai, Central Lanai, South Lanai
Airport: Lanai Airport, LNY. Local flights services inter-island travelers from either Oahu or Maui.
Known for: Maui is the second-largest island in Hawaii and is affectionately called "The Valley Isle." The island is loved for its world-famous beaches, the sacred Iao Valley, and the magnificent sunrise and sunset from Haleakala. Haleakala National Park encompasses the island's tallest peak, volcanic Haleakala.
"It's not surprising Maui has been voted "Best Island in the U.S." by Condé Nast Traveler readers for more than 20 years."
Things to do: Whether you choose the spa route or the adventure route, there is a lot to do. Choose from 14 courses (several of which are ranked at or near the top of the "world's best" lists). One local tourist spot is the Haleakala Ecotours, an authorized concessionaire for Haleakala National Park. The scenic Hana Highway can take you all along the island's 30 miles of beaches, including golden-crescent Kapalua, sheltered from strong currents by lava-rock promontories.
Major regions: Maui comprises five regions known as West Maui, Central Maui, South Maui, Upcountry, and East Maui.
Airport: Kahului Aiport, OGG or the regional, private airport Kapula Aiport, JHM on the west side of the island.
Island of Hawaii
Known for: “The Big Island,”' is the largest and the youngest in the Hawaiian chain. It's nearly twice the size of all the other islands combined with four different climate zones, including a polar tundra resulting from the shielding effects of its massive volcanoes.
"The island of Hawaii is an unrivaled expression of the power of nature. However you decide to experience the island, it is sure to leave you humbled!"
Things to do: Travelers can ride horses along waterfalls trails or explore the Hawaii Volcanoes National park, which offers plenty of hiking trails like the Nahuku (Thurston Lava Tube) or the Devastation Trail. You can stargaze on the mountain tops, tour a coffee farm, or hang out on the beach. There's more beach here than any of the other islands. You can even go on a Manta Ray dive at night.
Things to note: Make sure you read up on safe hiking practices on the island trails. Some can be pretty difficult or unsafe. Don't hike alone and tell someone where you are going. Don't drink any of the water on the trails or wade in with open cuts. For more information, go here.
Major regions: Kohala, Hamakua Coast, Hilo, Puna, Kohala, Kona, Kau
Airport: Kona International Airport, KOA.
5 Unique Things to Do in Atlanta
Atlanta known as “Hot ‘Lanta” is home to CNN, The World of Coca-Cola, Centennial Olympic Park, the Georgia Aquarium and the National Center for Civil & Human Rights! Travel beyond these typical tourist sites to 5 unique Atlanta experiences. Note: If you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a commission from our partners - thank you! 1. The Queen’s Ball: A Bridgerton Experience Courtesy of Fever Now thru Sept. 25th Wednesday - Sunday at Building 1, Pullman YardsDuration: 90 minutesCost: $45 - $124 - 16+ with valid ID; guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult Your presence is requested at the most exclusive ball of the season! With this Bridgerton ball, now is your chance to secure your invitation to an immersive experience transporting you straight to the Regency era. Prepare to mingle with other members of the Ton as you sip on cocktails and partake in an evening of music and dance. Rumour has it that Her Majesty Queen Charlotte is looking for the diamond of the season, but will you be the one to win her favour? Get Tickets for this Bridgerton Experience 2. Find the Dinner: Surprise dinner in a restaurant! Courtesy of Fever Anytime at a surprise restaurant! The chauffeur will drive you there.Duration: 2 - 3 hoursCost: $159 - $209 - 21+ with valid ID If you're a foodie who loves a good surprise, this plan was made for you. Wegame presents its catalog of Find the Dinner experience packs, from Find the Gourmet to Find the Deluxe. Let them guide you, with transport included, to a surprise restaurant in your city. This gastronomic experience will be adapted to your tastes and preferences, so you're sure to leave with a good taste in your mouth. Get Tickets for this Surprise Dinner Experience 3. Candlelight: The Best of Frank Sinatra & Nat King Cole Courtesy of Fever September 28th 6:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m at Magnolia HallDuration: 65 minutes (doors open 45 mins prior to the start time and late entry is not permitted) - 8 years old or older. Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adultCost: $35-$50 Candlelight concerts bring the magic of a live, multi-sensory musical experience to awe-inspiring locations like never seen before in Atlanta. Get your tickets now to discover the music of Frank Sinatra & Nat King Cole by PureSoul Atlanta at Magnolia Hall under the gentle glow of candlelight. Get Tickets for this Candlelight Experience 4. Sleepy Hollow Bar: A Spectral Cocktail Experience Courtesy of Fever Starting September 16 - October 16 & 31st Thursday through Sunday at Underground AtlantaDuration: 1 hour and 30 minutes Cost: $65 - includes 3 cocktails - 21+ with valid ID Our Sleepy Hollow experience welcomes you! Your presence is requested in the Western Woods, where they say no sane person should go. You will find a clearing under the moonlit sky: a spot hidden in the woods overflowing with cocktails, dark music, merriment, and life! As our guest on the night of the Harvest Festival, we welcome you to enter our tavern and enjoy three gothic drinks. We fine folk may have a gift for you here, as well as games of yore to enjoy at your leisure... you may even experience the rare touch of an eerie witch. You’ve probably heard the Hollow is a place where blood runs cold, haunted by a warrior without a head and bathed in red. But please, worry for naught! What awaits you is an eve of fantastical joy in the woodlands that are yours to explore! Get Tickets for this Sleepy Hollow Experience 5. Illuminarium Atlanta Courtesy of Fever Monday through Sunday at Illuminarium, AtlantaDuration: as long or short as you like Cost: $25 - all ages are welcome Illuminarium Atlanta offers the best artistic experiences with the help of the latest tech to guarantee family fun! Come visit three of the amazing exhibitions at Illuminarium Atlanta with this cultural bundle pack. From the astonishing paintings of Georgia O'Keeffe to the deep wonders of SPACE, passing through the long rabbit hole in Wonderland, there's sure to be fun and learning for everyone. Combination Fit 25 Admission for 1 - includes admission for SPACE, Waking Wonderland, or O'Keeffe Get Tickets for this Illuminarium Atlanta Experience
National Dog Day - Columbus, Ohio
According to research, more than half (54%) of American travelers plan on taking their pets with them when they travel. If you’re having a “ruff” time finding a vacation spot that’s fun for you and your furry friends look no further than Columbus, Ohio. Columbus is one of the country’s best destinations for all visitors, whether you’re traveling on two legs or four legs. BARK, the world-renowned brand responsible for the toy and treat boxes that make our dogs jump for joy each month, has a dog-friendly office in Columbus, and the city is full of dog-friendly restaurants, lodging, shopping and attractions to help you and your pets get the R&R you deserve. In time for National Dog Day (August 26), here are some fun ways you can spoil your pooch Columbus-style: Dog-friendly hotels: BrewDog DogTap Columbus - Photo courtesy Experience Columbus BrewDog USA offers the world’s first craft beer hotel, Doghouse Columbus. In addition to being attached to one of the city's most popular breweries and a 6,000-square-foot interactive craft beer museum, each of the hotel’s 32 beer-themed rooms features beer on tap and even a shower beer fridge. As the name implies, the hotel is entirely dog-friendly, with an on-site dog park and dog beds and treats in every room. They even offer the world’s first craft beer for dogs, the Subwoofer IPA. In addition to Doghouse Columbus, the city is home to several other dog-friendly hotels. The Graduate Columbus even has an in-house greeter Scarlett, a bulldog who loves the Buckeyes. Dog festival: WAG Festival - Courtesy WAG Festival Every dog has its day, and in Columbus, that day is August 27, when thousands of pet owners and their dogs gather for the annual WAG! festival. The free event takes place in the city’s Metro Parks and features product samples from established vendors and live entertainment in the form of agility and disc demonstrations from Southern Ohio Flying K9s and Sky Dogs. Plus, WAG! is the biggest event in Ohio for helping dogs in need and brings dog-serving rescue groups and organizations together with thousands of donors and potential adopters. Dog-friendly breweries: Land-Grant Brewing Company - Photo by Fred Bender Columbus is a craft beer destination, and pups are welcome on many of our brewery’s patios and in our beer gardens. In addition to BrewDog USA’s DogTap Columbus and BrewDog Franklinton locations, other popular spots include Seventh Son Brewing and Land-Grant Brewing Company. When you’re ready to fetch a drink or a bite, or go shopping with your furry companion, just make sure to look for the "Dogs Welcome Here" window decal while you're out exploring Columbus. About National Dog Day Founded in 2004 by Animal Welfare Advocate and Pet Lifestyle Expert, Colleen Paige, National Dog Day celebrates all breeds, mixed and pure and serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, either from public shelters, rescues and pure breed rescues.National Dog Day honors family dogs and dogs that work selflessly to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. Dogs put their lives on the line every day - protecting our families and homes, for their law enforcement partner, for their blind companion, for the disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and helping to locate and rescue victims of accidents and tragedy.
5 Unique Things to Do in Chicago
Chicago known as “The Windy City” is a city that known for its jaw-dropping architecture, vibrant music scene, amazing food, — including deep-dish pizza — and iconic neighborhoods! Travel beyond the typical tourist sites to these 5 unique Chicago experiences. Note: If you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a commission from our partners - thank you! 1. Louvre Fantastique: The Exhibition Courtesy of Fever Now thru Sept. 18 Thursday - Sunday at 2120 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook - lower level of the old Sears buildingDuration: 90 minutesCost: $20 - $38 All ages are welcomeIn this exhibition, you will have a chance to see over 70 masterpieces from the Louvre's™ priceless collection! Watch as these masterpieces come to life with three-dimensional recreations, projection mapping, augmented reality, and hands-on interactive features. Exhibit goers can experience the magic of the Louvre™ and its timeless art in an entirely new and dynamic way. Walk through the annals of art history, reimagined! Get Tickets for this Louvre Fantastique Experience 2. Chicago Loop Secret Food Tour Courtesy of Fever Various dates starting at 521 S Dearborn St, Millennium ParkDuration: 3 hoursCost: $87 - 18 and olderJoin this 3-hour tour of Chicago's food scene, and see what sets this friendly mid-western metropolis apart. On this tour of the 'Chicago Loop', a local guide will share with you some hidden gems and great stories about the city. Taste where the world-famous dipped Italian beef sandwich was invented, try some of the best deep dish Chicago pizza. Really appreciate how important the immigrants that built this town are to the food scene. Get Tickets for this Chicago Food Experience 3. Sinatra Under the Stars Courtesy of Fever Sundays, September 11 & 25th 6:30pm & 8:30pm at Aire Rooftop at the Hyatt Centric The Loop Hotel or Guild RowDuration: 65 minutesCost: $55 - 21+ with valid IDSinatra Under the Stars will transport you back to a time when Sinatra reigned the scene. Enjoy a classic cocktail under the stars and melt away “those little town blues.” Don’t miss this evening of classic jazz with a touch of some hot takes on contemporary songs performed by some of Chicago’s brightest talents. Sit back and relax to the sounds of Sinatra at two of the best venues that Chicago has to offer! Get Tickets for this Sinatra Experience 4. Candlelight: A Tribute to Adele Courtesy of Fever September 28 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. at Stan MansionDuration: 65 minutes (doors open 45 mins prior to the start time and late entry is not permitted) - 8 years old or older. Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adultCost: $28-$55 Candlelight concerts bring the magic of a live, multi-sensory musical experience to awe-inspiring locations like never seen before in Chicago. Get your tickets now to discover the music of Adele by the Metropolis String Quartet at Stan Mansion under the gentle glow of candlelight. Get Tickets for this Adele Candlelight Experience 5. Harry Potter™: Magic at Play Harry Potter™: Magic at Play - Courtesy of Fever Starting November 11, 2022 – May 14, 2023 at Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan AveDuration: 60 minutesCost: $34 - $68 All ages are welcome, children ages 2 and under enter freeHarry Potter™: Magic at Play is a one-of-a-kind experience that brings the Wizarding World to life through hands-on magical moments and active play for witches and wizards of all ages. Explore three floors of fun inspired by Harry’s adventures in discovering the Wizarding World. Journey from Privet Drive to Platform 9 ¾™, discover and represent your Hogwarts™ house, make your own magic in Hogwarts™ classes, find your position on the Quidditch™ team, and so much more! Get Tickets for this Harry Potter Experience
Five free things to do this summer/fall in Cheyenne, Wyoming
Known as “The Magic City of the Plains,” Cheyenne boasts tremendous history and modern appeal with western swagger, extensive outdoor recreation, family friendly attractions, an array of restaurants, craft breweries and distilleries, special events and more. Great for road-trippers, Cheyenne is within a day’s drive of some of the nation’s favorite natural monuments and parks, including Mount Rushmore, the Black Hills, Devils Tower, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and Rocky Mountain National Park. Visiting Cheyenne, Wyoming’s Capital City, provides budget-friendly fun in the iconic American west. Just 90 minutes north of Denver, you can enjoy these five free activities in this historic town with modern appeal.1. Self-guided Walking TourTivoli Building on the WalkingTour - Courtesy of Visit Cheyenne Enjoy a self-guided walking tour through the historic downtown core, taking in the unique city that captures the imagination of the American West. Choose from three tours, all varying in length, to learn about historical sites and buildings such as the Tivoli Building, the Governor’s Mansion, and the National Historic Landmarks, the old Union Pacific Depot and the Wyoming State Capitol. 2. Cowgirls of the West Museum & Emporium Cowgirls of the West Museum and Emporium - Courtesy of cowgirlsofthewestmuseum.com Learn about the iconic women and their contributions that helped shape the American West at the Cowgirls of the West Museum & Emporium . Explore exhibits highlighting legendary cowgirls throughout history like Annie Oakley, Mary Carter, Ruth Roach and Dell Burke, and then stop by the emporium to shop souvenirs and gifts to take home.3. Vedauwoo Recreation Area Vedauwoo - Courtesy of Visit Cheyenne Vedauwoo Recreation Area is located within the Medicine Bow National Forest, the scenic beauty of this expansive outdoor playground featuring ancient rock formations offers activities such as rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and camping.4. Cheyenne Depot Museum The Depot Museum - Courtesy of Visit Cheyenne Depot Museum a National Historic Landmark, take a tour of the museum and learn about the history of Cheyenne, the Transcontinental Railroad, the original “Hell on Wheels” frontier town and more.5. Terry Bison Ranch Terry Bison Ranch - Courtesy of Visit Cheyenne Terry Bison Ranch is a favorite family-friendly attraction in Cheyenne. Take a self-guided walking tour of the property to see alpacas, horses, ostriches and other farm animals. For more trip inspiration including information on free attractions and activities, as well as savings passes, click visitcheyenne.org.