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Ideal for: Island Lovers, Outdoor Enthusiasts, History Buffs
As the capital and largest city in Hawaii, Honolulu expertly combines urban and island elements. Enjoy the laid-back beach lifestyle mixed with a thriving nightlife, bustling industrial district, high-end shopping, diverse cuisines, culturally rich population, and significant art and historical institutions such as the striking site of Pearl Harbor and Iolani Palace, the United States' only official royal palace. This "sheltered harbor" is renowned for its breathtaking scenery, volcanic crater surrounded by lush jungles, world-famous beaches, and perfect weather. In the winter and spring months, humpback whales can be spotted along the coastline.
Learn about a defining moment in history at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument as you explore nine compelling sites, including the striking USS Arizona Memorial located directly above the sunken ship’s remains.
Hike to the edge of a 300,000-year-old crater for unparalleled views of Honolulu and the Pacific Ocean. The site sits atop a dormant volcano once used by the U.S. military as a post for preventing attacks against the city below.
Just an hour north of Honolulu, take a trip to Oahu’s legendary North Shore to watch—or partake—in some of the world’s best big wave surfing. End the day with a bite to eat at one the area’s popular shrimp trucks.
Honolulu is located on the island of Oahu’s south shore and experiences a hot, semi-dry tropical climate with average highs hovering between 80 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit and lows around 70 degrees year round. The dry season is typically April–September, while the winter months, especially December, usually see the most rainfall (however, this is also the best time for whale watching and surfing). With an average of 278 sunny days a year and water temps in the high 70s, Honolulu's climate is ideal for hitting the beach any time of year.