View of Kauai's coast from the Kalalau Trail.

Na Pali Coast State Park, Kaua‘i

Nature’s wonders all join together in the heavenly and harsh Na Pali Coast State Park. Day-use permits are required past a certain point even if you’re not staying overnight, while camping is strictly regulated. Most areas are accessible only by foot or boat, and more than the basics are needed to camp out here.

‘Akaka Falls plunges down into a pool near Hilo, Hawaii.

‘Akaka Falls State Park on the Big Island

Everybody’s idea of a pristine Hawaiian valley is viewable at ‘Akaka Falls State Park, one of the most easily accessible forays into Hawai‘i’s beautiful interior. Many varieties of plants that would be in window pots anywhere else are giants here, almost trees.

Tahquamenon river in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

8-Day Travel Itinerary: Camping in Michigan’s U.P.

If you have a more rustic spirit, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is a truly quintessential camping destination. For the truly ambitious, going on a camping tour of the peninsula’s most inviting camping destinations is a creative and worthwhile alternative to the traditional one-site basecamp.

Malaekahana State Recreation Area has showers, restrooms, and picnic tables, and camping is allowed with a permit on the south side of Kalanai Point.

O‘ahu Beaches from Kualoa to La‘ie

The many beaches that stretch from Kualoa to La‘ie on O‘ahu are mostly beach parks, which generally means gated parking, restrooms, other facilities such as picnic tables, and decent water sports. Expect local crowds on the weekends, but if one beach is a little too busy for your liking, it’s easy enough to move on to the next.

Waves wash up on the black sand of the beach at Wai‘anapanapa state park in Maui.

Maui’s Wa‘ianapanapa State Park and Black Sand Beach

East Maui’s rugged Wa‘ianapanapa State Park is often known as “black sand beach” for the black sands of Pa‘iloa Beach. The two other main draws here are an excellent coastal hike with a popular stop to see the blowhole that erupts on days with large surf, and the system of freshwater caves hidden in a grotto not far from the parking area.