Waimea Canyon State Park
Waimea Canyon State Park
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Also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, this scenic state park overlooks the colorful Waimea Canyon, which stretches over 14 miles and is more than 3,600 feet deep. The park itself is famous for its scenic drive, panoramic lookouts, and hikes of varying difficulty. Depending on the time you visit, the canyon’s appearance can seem to change throughout the day—it’s best to visit earlier in the morning for fewer crowds and better visibility. You might even spot a rainbow, especially during the summer months. There are many ways you can tour the canyon, including a bike tour, or even from up top on a helicopter ride. – Tripadvisor
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  • Dale G
    Milford, Iowa16 contributions
    Beautiful Views of the Canyon and the Napali Valley
    It's an easy drive up the canyon to beautiful views. Going in the morning is the best to avoid afternoon clouds that settle in and block the view. The drive and getting out at the overlooks can easily done in a few hours.
    Visited February 2023
    Written February 27, 2023
  • NJCricketer
    535 contributions
    Wonderful Sight!
    Going there after 20 years - it was a rainy morning but in the afternoon we could get a nice glimpse of the canyon and the surrounding terrain. I recall we had hiked to a waterfall but did not venture to do so this time. Beautiful colors in the canyon. Must see place in Kauai.
    Visited January 2023
    Written February 28, 2023
  • Elizabeth G
    3 contributions
    I would recommend a visit
    The views were amazing!! The main overlooks was closed because of an investigation. Understandable but sad to miss it. The road in to the state park was good but the further in you travel the road became very hazardous with huge pot holes!
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written March 1, 2023
  • Cindy L
    7 contributions
    Do not miss Waimea Canyon State Park!
    This truly is the "Grand Canyon" of Hawaii. If you go to Kauai, do not miss Waimea Canyon, even if it is a bit drizzly or cloudy. We braved the rain forecast and the weathered cleared nicely for us. The ride to the canyon is scenic and there are lots of additional sites to see off the road on the coast travelling to or from the canyon. Spend some time there. On this journey, take a side trip to Poipu Beach. We were able to see 3 resting Hawaiian Green Turtles and a monk seal at the shore, as well as whales in the distance.
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 5, 2023
  • Madison_Boehm
    Madison, Wisconsin9 contributions
    Worth every step!
    Spectacular and majestic in its own right! Took the Canyon Trail to the falls and were first people on it - which was a smart move. This is a popular trail so it gets busy in a hurry. And, as it gets busier, a somewhat muddy trail gets muddier (especially when it started to rain a bit on our return)! It can be a bit strenuous at times, but these 60ish-year olds endured harsher (try the Kalalau to the waterfall!). Even had.a rooster adopt us for about a mile on the trail (named him Wilson). Every step was worth it! Highly recommend!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written March 19, 2023
  • Kelli424
    Big Lake, Minnesota3 contributions
    Amazing Views!
    This experience was well worth the park entrance fee. The clouds rolled in which made the one large waterfall hard to see so we drove a little further and went on hiking trail back to the waterfall instead. The hike was a little challenging but very worth the views that we were able to see.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 20, 2023
  • dzoucha
    Inverness, Florida36 contributions
    Spectacular views
    Long drive into the park, but worth it. The views from the overlooks are awesome. At the first overlook, there was a native Hawaiin there, talking about life in the valley years ago. It was quite interesting. We also drove into Kokee State Park. The museum there was great also.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written March 25, 2023
  • 2TravelWithDogs
    Casa Grande, Arizona77 contributions
    Kauai Grand Canyon
    This is one adventure you don’t want to miss. Unfortunately everything is being charged for these days. It is absolutely beautiful with all the waterfalls. If you’ve been to the Grand Canyon in AZ, you will love it here. Nice driving tour with several spots to stop for pictures. Also several hiking trails if that is what you are looking for. Best time is in the morning. Afternoons get busy with cars. If it rains it can be muddy.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written May 25, 2023
  • Catherine B
    Linden, Texas6 contributions
    Beautiful views and of the Canyon and Napali coast.
    Absolutely breathtaking views. Unfortunately it was raining a bit when we visited to the amount of hiking we would have liked to do was limited. There is an abundance of hikes throughout the park. The drive is very nice with multiple lookout points if hiking is not your thing.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written May 26, 2023
  • mckjl3
    Washington DC, District of Columbia29 contributions
    AN ABSOLUTE MUST SEE
    Wow this was everything we wanted and so much more. We didn’t know a lot coming knit the park but one of the employees at the canyon lookout explained everything very well. The first lookout (the canyon lookout) has amazing views of the canyon. There is a pay station there where it costs $10 to park and $5 per person. This is good for all of the Waimea state park lookouts (I believe there’s 3 more) and parking for trails for the entire day. We spent about 10 minutes at the canyon lookout and then continued to drive. There are several side of the road, unofficial lookouts that give you a better lookout of the waterfall that appears on the left side of the main official canyon lookout. There’s only room for a handful or cars but it’s worth it to stop. The second lookout has 2 views. One is straight down the canyon looking towards the ocean. The other is a nice spot with another area where you can see Ni’ihue (the forbidden isle). That sign is a little run down but an easy quick stop. They’re both very easy to get to from the parking lot. The third stop is the first view of the Napali coast. There’s 2 lookouts here as well. One in the grass and one with a paved path. It’s absolutely spectacular. If you can’t do a boat or helicopter ride than this is the best it’s gonna be for those of us who don’t hike 10 miles. The last lookout has several potholes getting there due to the rain and weather. The clouds can roll in over the ridges here depending on the day. This lookout is even better than the third! If you walk down the trail about 100 yards (often muddy) it’s an even better, unobstructed view. Just be careful since this is the trail and there are no railings. The walk down is quite bumpy and hilly so not accessible for those in wheelchairs. I’d say the first and third lookouts are the most accessible. Second and fourth have some uphills and off roading instead of a paved path. This is well worth the money and we could’ve spent the whole day here!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written May 27, 2023
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Dan T
1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Couples
We live in Honolulu so we had to visit Kauai for the experience. We drove around the island and did the Napali Coast boat experience which was exhilarating. We went into caves with waterfalls, encounter schools of dolphins, saw humpback whales and seeing the island from the water was mesmerizing.
We stayed at the Marriott Kauai Beach Club which was awesome. Beautiful resort with many amenities including 3 restaurants which were very good.
My favorite island is still Oahu. Kauai was nice but I would be bored to death after a week.
Written February 24, 2024
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NANCY J
3 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
We were pleasantly surprised at the scenery. The canyon was beautiful. It is definitely worth the drive. Also, drive past the canyon and you will see a spectacular view overlooking the ocean.
Written February 12, 2024
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Timothy K
Chicago, IL303 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
We got a sunny day and the views for the overlooks were terrific. (On our last visit we had ot abandon the drive partway up due to clouds and fog) It was a Saturday and pretty crowded, but we founds paces at each overlook, and even some pullouts, and there was plenty of room once you walked over to the viewing areas. there is a $10 parking fee and $5 per person entry, but it all seems a bit unclear, each place has it, but paying once seems to work for all. Hawaiian residents get in free. It might be better to try to get there earlier, we were at abut noon to 2PM and the high sun tended to wash out come of the contrast, but still the multicolored walls were clear.
Written February 4, 2024
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Dawn C
20 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Seeing Waimea Canyon was the primary reason we came to Kauai. Because we came to Kauai during the winter, the weather was a bit tricky. When we arrived at the first lookout, there was rain, which cleared but the clouds were heavy in the valley and we couldn’t see ANYTHING. Since we didn’t have anywhere we needed to be, we hung out for awhile and the clouds did thin a little and we were able to see some of the valley. We then drove to the 2nd lookout and it was more clear. We made our way to 3rd lookout to see the Na Pali coast. This location was completely socked in by clouds. Do not lose hope, on our drive back down to the first canyon we stopped at a pull off and were able to see the canyon and had a clear view of one tier of Waipo’o Falls. The biggest advice I would give is to not be in a rush, especially if you’re visiting in the winter.
Written January 28, 2024
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Rhonna R
2 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
Wow! Totally incredible!
We had great views 2 of the times we went and one time it was raining and complete cloud cover. Just go on up the mountain and come back down to the overlook and sometimes the wind clears the clouds for the perfect view! Almost more amazing than the Grand Canyon with the lush green landscapes and colors.
Written January 13, 2024
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Rich
Eagle, ID3 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
We got lucky. The weather was outstanding! The views, absolutely spectacular! They call it the Grand Canyon of Hawaii for good reason.
Written January 8, 2024
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mirandaw127j
4 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Amazing views and a small uphill walk to experience the beautiful landscape. Great photo opportunities here.
Written January 7, 2024
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advcards
Reno, NV3,582 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Lots of lookouts, be sure and go up to the next to last one. Each are a little different. Plan on 3 hours to see and stop more if your a hiker.
Written January 3, 2024
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Dallas Traveler
Dallas, TX343 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Take this drive for some incredible views of Kauai. You can easily drive yourself and stop at all the different lookouts along the way. We went in the afternoon and were fortunate to have clear skies until the very end when the clouds started rolling in. You pay one parking fee and that is good for the entire day. Be sure to stop at the Red Dirt waterfall!
Written December 22, 2023
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go-baby1
Fullerton, CA15 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
Don’t leave Kauai without at least taking this drive and stopping at every view lookout. The beauty is so mind blowing. The 3.6 mile hike to Waimea Canyon lookout is a little challenging when wet. Some steep trails in the middle area become slippery mud punctuated by crisscrossing roots. Definitely not for flip flops.
Written December 11, 2023
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