Friday, October 3, 2014

The Grand Canyon of the Pacific

Waimea Canyon, located in Kauai, was  supposedly called  "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific" by Mark Twain when he saw it. Though not as big as the Grand Canyon in Arizona, at 14 miles long, one mile wide and 3600 feet deep, it is still a breathtaking sight to see.

We left from our resort in Lihue early in the morning to begin the drive up to the viewpoint of the canyon. It was a cool and clear morning and we were one of the first visitors to arrive. There was only one other couple there and the only sounds were those of the helicopters giving tours. (If you look closely in some of the photos you can see a shadow of a helicopter!)

We took our time oohing and aahing over the scenery, and then drove down the road a bit to see some views of the Na Pali Coast.

We saw this guy hanging out by the road on our way back down.

And we headed to  Waimea Town at the Waimea Brewing Company the world's westernmost brewpub, for lunch. Then back to the resort for a swim and the beach!

Waimea Canyon has a lookout point, restrooms and a parking lot. If you would like to continue on, you will enter Kokee State Park, which has hiking trails and views of the Na Pali Coast. For more info, click here

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  1. The next time I go to Hawaii, I'd like to visit Kauai. It's nice that it wasn't too crowded for you, and that vast scenery is just wonderful. I'll have to remember that brewpub, too.

    1. Kauai is just beautiful, Michele , with some of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen! I have heard that it is Maui from 20 years ago. I do believe that the brewpub has closed in Waimea Town and reopened in Port Allen by the same owners. I'll have to double check on that.