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Take in the Beauty of Hawaii at Waimea Canyon

Though there is something to be said about the world-class surfing and lively culture of the Aloha State, the real draw for most individuals heading on Hawaii tours is the local scenery. From verdant mountains that tower above vibrant cities to the sunning jungles that pepper the valley, there is plenty to see and do in Hawaii. When heading to the island of Kaua'i, nature lovers will want to explore the scenic Waimea Canyon, a 14-mile canyon affectionately referred to as "the Grand Canyon of the Pacific."

The word Waimea means "reddish water" in the Hawaiian language, and one look at the stunning gorge and it's obvious why, as the canyon was carved from eroded red soil, providing the site with an aesthetic not unlike its Arizona counterpart. Yet while erosion is certainly responsible for its appearance, Waimea Canyon began its life during the formation of the island itself.

As with most of the Hawaiian Islands, Kaua'i was formed during the collapse of a massive volcano, and during its initial setting, it is theorized that a partial collapse of the newly formed island resulted in a fault that would later develop into this impressive canyon.

Adventurous travelers on Hawaii tours will have a great time exploring the many hiking trails that wind through the canyon. The routes will lead hikers to a number of unique geological formations such as crested buttes, craggy hills and deep gorges that extend well into the distance.

Though mostly known for its visual appeal, Waimea Canyon is also a great place for adventurers to enjoy some comforting outdoor activities. Whether it's seasonal trout fishing in valley streams or picnicking among the wildflowers that grow throughout, outdoor enthusiasts are sure to get a kick out of this stunning destination.

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