Visiting Hawaii can be a dream come true — it really is a tropical paradise. You may choose to spend time in the sun or learn about the history and culture. Here are some top places to visit while you are on the island of Oahu.
Diamond Head State Monument
This well-known landmark was created by the eruption of a volcano about 300,000 years ago. Hikers enjoy the steep climb to view the island from the top of this crater. Bring your own water and be prepared for crowds.
The world changed when Pearl Harbor was attacked in 1941. Learn more through a video presentation, exhibits, tours and bookstore. You will also want to take the boat ride to the USS Arizona Memorial to get a full experience of what happened that motivated U.S. involvement in World War II. If you happen to lock the keys in your rental car, contact the nearby full service locksmith Pearl City HI.
Polynesian Cultural Center
Rated the number one attraction on Oahu, you can learn more about the history and culture of Polynesia at the PCC on the north shore. You will see dances, hear music, learn traditions and eat food from six different islands. Be sure to stay for the luau and evening performance with a cast of students from the adjacent university.
Dole Pineapple Plantation
Hawaii is known for its pineapples, and there is nothing as sweet as a ripe one, fresh from the field. Take a train around the plantation and see several exotic and tropical plant species. Enjoy the gift shop and a sweet treat at the end of your tour.
If you like to dive, snorkel, fish, swim, surf or just enjoy the sun and sand — head for the closest beach. Some of the most secluded and least visited beaches are on the north shore. Waikiki and Sunset Beach are well known and closer to Honolulu.
Plan your dream vacation now and look forward to it until you get there!