Found within the center of the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii can perhaps be called the most popular tourist destination in the entire United States. Not only is the climate here very agreeable, but the numerous islands are home to tranquil beaches, towering volcanoes, an interesting nightlife and a captivating urban atmosphere.
Those who are flying from New York City to any of the three airports in Hawaii should be prepared for flights that last between 13 and 13 hours. This is due to the sheer distance that needs to be covered. Also, keep in mind that this is assuming that the route is direct and there are no connections. As this is a long duration, there are some who will instead opt for a layover in cities such as Chicago or Los Angeles. This could be an agreeable option; particularly for those who may be traveling with young children.
Hawaii is served by three major airports. These are Honolulu International Airport, Kona International Airport and Hilo International Airport. Both Kona and Hilo Airports are found on the largest island of Hawaii itself. Honolulu International Airport is instead located on the island of Oah’U. As this is one of the westernmost points within the chain, arriving here may take slightly longer.
Due to the number of airports here, a wide variety of airlines are able to provide service between New York and Hawaii. Some of the most common carriers include American Airlines, Delta, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Air Canada. Of course, the prices and itineraries will differ for each airline and these should be determined ahead of time.
Top Things to Do in Hawaii
With many islands and plenty of interesting destinations to visit, holidaymakers are truly spoiled for choice when it comes to attractions. This part of the guide highlights some of our favorite things to see and do in Hawaii.
With such varied landscape, it is only natural that Hawaii is home to some of the US’s most breath-taking national parks. Two of the most notable include Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park and Haleakalā National Park. Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park is situated on the island of Hawaii and has a spectacular volcanic landscape which includes two active volcanoes Kīlauea and Mauna Loa. In addition, the park offers visitors the opportunity to see rare fauna and flora.
Situated on the island of Maui, Haleakalā National Park is not to be missed. The main attraction of the park is the famous Haleakalā crater. Many travelers visit the summit of the volcano for sunrise and/or sunset for a stunning view. In addition, the park is home to more endangered species than any other national park in the US.
Hawaii has a number of beautiful beaches to visit, one of the most-popular being Hanauma Bay which is situated on the south east coast of O’ahu. With sandy beaches and crystal clear water, the bay is perfect for sunbathing and snorkeling. The Hanauma Bay is home to around 400 species of fish including colorful parrotfish and is well-known throughout the world for its abundance of green sea turtles.
Hawaii also has a number of manmade attractions to visit such as the ʻIolani Palace. Situated in downtown Honolulu, the ʻIolani Palace was the former residence of the reigning Hawaiian sovereign. You can get a self-guided or guided tour of the palace and its opulent rooms. In addition, the palace grounds are open throughout the day and are perfect for a relaxing walk.