The rolling rust-colored landscape of Haleakala Crater on Maui.

Discover Upcountry Maui

Upcountry is Maui’s little secret. It’s where you throw on a light flannel and take a morning drive through the crisp mountain air, perhaps stopping to relax on the porch of a family-run coffeehouse. It’s a place to hike, sample Maui’s only vineyard, and holds the honor of Maui’s most artistic community.

The sun shines on a sea turtle resting on the sand of Makalawena beach.

The Best North Kona Beaches

Many of the best Kona beaches require some work to get to, and the walk over uneven lava can be difficult for some. There are equal amounts of beaches that don’t require any walking beyond from the parking lot to the sand, so feel free to out of the beaches that require more effort to get to.

A spout of water erupts through the rock on Maui's western coast.

Off the Beaten Track: Maui’s Northwestern Coast

Sightseeing along Maui’s northwestern coast is a delight for anyone interested in a little of this and a little of that. There’s a scenic drive (not for the timid with its narrow, curving roads), natural wonders that go from the actively awe-inspiring to the serene, and of course, a good dose of local culture and history.

A kitesurfer at Kanaha Beach Park in Central Maui.

Discover Central Maui

Central Maui is the first part of the island most visitors will encounter. More than just the island’s business and commercial hub, Central Maui has an underlying charm, a lot of history, and if you’re looking for a culinary scene or to step outside ‘resort Maui’, this is where to go.

Flowers grow along a path with the verdant hills of Manoa Valley visible.

Honolulu Hiking and Birding

Honolulu bird-watching is specifically tied to hiking, as the best spots to sight forest birds are along the many trails. Each location here has half a dozen route or more, usually easily combined for a longer hike and customizable by terrain, so you can have as easy or as difficult a hike as you’d like.

View of Lake McDonald from Apgar Lookout in Glacier National Park.

Discover West Glacier and Apgar

While West Glacier sprouted up outside the park along the Great Northern Railway’s line, early trapper and logger homesteads dug in a foothold at Apgar on Lake McDonald—the port to the park’s wild interior before Going-to-the-Sun Road was built. Learn more about the area’s history, early tourism and present-day amenities.

Volcano Village offers several options for lodging near Volcanos National Park.

Staying in Volcano Village: Hostels and B&Bs

There are a great number of accommodations in and around Volcano Village. Most are bed-and-breakfasts, some are vacation homes where you take care of your own meals, and there is one hostel. These places run from budget and homey to luxurious and elegant, but most are moderate.