Got a Bad Case of Wanderlust? Cure it With a Trip to Honolulu
If the travel bug is giving you a case of the wanderlust blues, why not satisfy your adventurous spirit with a trip to Honolulu? That’s right, Hawaii’s best city is also the perfect spot for soaking up the sun, exploring the great outdoors, and enjoying all the restaurants and activities the island has to offer. With tropical travels in mind, here are just a few things you can expect when visiting the island of Oahu’s most popular city, Honolulu.
Things to Do
Honolulu is an absolute paradise that provides visitors with endless activities to choose from. As for outdoor activities, the lightly strenuous Makapuu Lighthouse Trail offers adventure seekers beautiful bird’s eye view of the tropical surroundings as well as one of the best sunrise views in all of Oahu. There’s also the Hanuama Bay Nature Preserve, which is the perfect spot to snorkel among live coral and tropical fish.
If you’re a history buff, Honolulu is also home to some amazing monuments and museums. The Pearl Harbor/WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument is a stunning tribute to fallen soldiers. In addition, the USS Missouri Memorial is a floating museum housed in the great battleship and is devoted to preserving the historic day of infamy surrounding WWII.
You’ll probably work up an appetite after your full day of hiking and visiting museums and monuments. Luckily, Honolulu has the most eclectic, delicious restaurants out of all the Hawaiian Islands. For five-star dining, La Mer, Yoshitsune Restaurant, and Hoku’s offer amazing entrées inspired by the sea and the Hawaiian culture.
When it comes to dining in a more casual atmosphere, there’s also Tiki’s Grill & Bar, Duke’s Waikiki, and Helena’s Hawaiian Food, which has authentic Hawaiian dishes like Kalua Pig and all the Poi you can eat. A number of the restaurants in Honolulu are located between the downtown district and Honolulu Harbor, which is great if you’re wandering the city by foot.
Because Honolulu and the Waikiki neighborhood are vacation hotspots, the hotels in the area are second to none. Five-star hotels and resorts along Honolulu Bay include the Moana Surfrider Resort & Spa, The Royal Hawaiian, and The Kahala Hotel & Resort.
Other accommodations in the area include the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel and the Lotus Honolulu, which are both next to breathtaking Diamond Head Beach. There are a bunch of great sites for looking for a great hotel or if you need an online guide to Honolulu for your Hawaiian getaway.
Honolulu is a sunbather’s and beach lover’s paradise, so it’s no surprise there are plenty of picturesque beaches to choose from along the coast. Diamond Head is probably the most popular beach in the area and offers a nice stretch of sandy real estate, rolling waves for surfing, and spectacular views of the Diamond Head volcanic crater. Other notable, less-crowded beaches include Kahala Beach, San Souci Beach, and Ala Moana Beach Park.
When your wanderlust gets the better of you, let Honolulu satisfy your adventurous travel spirit.
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