Haleakala Crater from the air.

Soaring and Hang Gliding in Hana

Those who feel that helicopters tours are way too cliché will enjoy two adventures that push them outside their comfort zone to see the beauty of Hana from the air: soaring the skies in a glider plane or hang glider. Here’s a roundup of Hana Town’s companies & what they offer.

Shoreline fishing at Ka‘ena Point.

North Shore O‘ahu Fishing Spots

During the summer, spearfishing is common along the North Shore, while shoreline fishing tends to be a year-round activity. With deep water offshore and strong currents from the northwest, the North Shore is great for sportfishing, and has several charters available for part, half, or full-day trips.

New Mexico's Pedernal Peak, seen from Ghost Ranch.

Visiting Ghost Ranch in New Mexico

Despite the name, Ghost Ranch has very little to do with hauntings. Instead on the retreat’s grounds you’ll find ample opportunity to explore, from museums of anthropology and paleontology to a handful of hikes that lead to beautiful panoramic views.

Petroglyph National Monument in New Mexico.

Albuquerque’s Petroglyph National Monument

Albuquerque’s west side is bordered by Petroglyph National Monument, 7,500 acres of black boulders that crawl with some 20,000 carved lizards, birds, and assorted other beasts. Learn about the area’s history and how to make of the most of your visit to the monument with drives, hikes, and views.

A paddleboarder sets off from Lahaina.

Stand-Up Paddling in West Maui

Stand-up paddling in West Maui ranges from perfectly laid-back to vastly more challenging, depending on the area. Either way, there’s plenty of opportunity to get in the water, and there are a decent number of rental shops for gear and a few schools for lessons and guided excursions.

Shoreline fishing at Punalu‘u, O‘ahu.

Fishing on Windward O‘ahu

When it comes to fishing on Windward O‘ahu, shoreline fishing and spearfishing are popular. Here’s where to go for each, plus how and where you can fish on the open water.