Explore Hawaii's Hana Highway

July 28, 2011 12:00 AM

The summertime means many will be leaving the office behind for a well-deserved vacation. One of the premier spots in the country for relaxation is Hawaii, and this island paradise also includes some of the Most Scenic Drives in America, according to Readers' Digest.

Unless you live in Hawaii, it might be a good idea to rent a car, as this is a hassle-free way to see the islands. Renting also ensures that you won't have to deal with on-the-road issues like flat tires or a broken air conditioner.

Once you've got your vehicle, it's time to hit the road. One of the more scenic drives in the state is the beautiful Hana Highway, which winds through forests along the coast.

Start your trip in Paia, which is the last spot to refuel before you hit the 50-mile road. A word to the wise: the gas station here closes at 6 p.m., so you'll want to make sure you get here on time. It's better to see this route during the day anyways.

Much of the road is located near Haleakala National Park, which is a volcano located at this part of the island. Shortly after getting on the road, you'll come to Twin Falls, two waterfalls located within the park.

Continue on and enjoy the beautiful natural scenery along the way, stopping off to enjoy hotspots like Keanea, Nahiku and eventually the town of Rana. 

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