Where in the West Should I Go? • 60 Places to Visit in 2023

Welcome to our 2nd Annual “Where in the West Should I Go?” This year, we’ve added some places, so you have more of the West to explore. The full list is only available to subscribers, though much of it isn’t behind the paywall. We’ll also be posting throughout the year on our Substack. Sign up …

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Molokini Crater

Located just off of Maui, Molokini is a crescent-shaped islet formed by a partially submerged volcanic crater, making it the perfect spot for a Hawaiian snorkeling or diving adventure. The experts at ScubaDiving.com put it best: “Molokini Crater is a geologic treasure, a picturesque submerged caldera filled with coral reefs that are a shallow, sunny haven for new …

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Lānaʻi is Hawaii’s sixth largest island and the smallest publicly accessible – and inhabited – island in the chain. With a population of 3,367, the island has an interesting history. The first inhabitants of the island arrived as late as the 15th century, likely from nearby Maui and Molokaʻi. Sugar growing came over from China in 1802, …

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Waimea Canyon, Hawaii

Imagine witnessing the immense beauty of the Grand Canyon, but on a tropical island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean minutes away from the beach. Waimea Canyon State Park on the garden isle Kauai is an astounding travel destination that will leave you awestruck and perplexed to its origins amongst the island chain.

North Shore, Hawaii

If you want to enjoy a piña colada on the beach, swim with turtles or see the biggest waves of your life, then Oahu’s North Shore should be your next travel destination. You can explore the picturesque white sand beaches, rocky cliffs, turquoise waters and bask in the Hawaiian sun. 

Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii

Head over to the Big Island to experience Hawaii’s only active volcano and witness the magnificence of Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes and fire. Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting exceptional crater lookouts, education centers, travel experiences and cultural landscapes.