Not all roads are created equal, and this 64-mile stretch, known as the Hana Highway or Road to Hana, is one of the most thrilling. It snakes along the northeastern coast of Maui with 600 curvy bends and 50-plus-wait-your-turn bridges (we suggest a Jeep Wrangler for this journey) taking you past towering coastal cliffs, plunging waterfalls, dense jungle, and panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.
Where to stop: With its bamboo canopy, Waikamoi Nature Trail is worth a pitstop, even more so as it’s often overlooked. The dreamy hike here takes less than a mile but remember to pack sturdy shoes if it’s wet, as the trail can be slippery. The mystical Waikani Falls and volcanic black sand beaches at Wai’ainapanapa State Park are both unmissable.
Where to eat: The sleepy Wailele farm stand at Twin Falls is a great spot: try the cold brew, Maui-grown coffee, or some of the farm’s all-natural, dairy-free coconut ice cream. For a leisurely lunch with a view, The Mill House sources its ingredients from the nearby Maui Tropical Plantation grounds.
Where to stay: The blissed-out, television-free Travaasa Hana allows you to decompress island-style. Try everything from stand up paddle boarding to coconut husking, or just book a traditional Hawaiian Lomilomi healing massage with deep kneading at the enormous spa.
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