Planning your next Hawaiian vacation?
Situated on the island of Oahu, Honolulu offers more than just crystal-clear blue water and white sand beaches. The capital of Hawaii and the state's most populous city, Honolulu has a unique and diverse history. It was first settled by Polynesian migrants in the 11th century and is considered the place where eastern and western cultures come together. Meaning "sheltered harbor" or "calm port," there is never a dull moment to be had in Honolulu. From family-friendly attractions, natural wonders and historical tours, check out the best of what Honolulu has to offer.
Recommended Honolulu Tours
Pacific Aviation Museum and Pearl Harbor Tour: Transport back to that fateful Sunday morning on December 7, 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Explore the Pacific Aviation Museum, view original footage and still photographs, experience a diorama of aircrafts and artifacts, visit the Arizona Memorial Visitor Center and take a drive through National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. The Pacific Aviation Museum and Pearl Harbor Tour is a day filled with history and remembrance.
Oahu Grand Circle Island Tour: Climb aboard a deluxe motor coach for a fully narrated tour to some of Oahu's most famous sites including Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay, Halona Blowhole, Kualoa Ranch, North Shore Surfing Beaches and Dole Pineapple Plantation to name a few. This 120-mile long journey is the best way to see the scenic and majestic sights that Honolulu has to offer. And make sure to arrive hungry. The tour also includes lunch at a Windward Oahu cafe.
Top Rated Honolulu Attractions
The Harold L. Lyon Arboretum: Nestled on over 193 acres of tropical rain forest at the top of the Manoa Valley watershed, the Lyon Arboretum is one of the most beautiful places in Honolulu to visit. It features more than 5,000 species of plants from Hawaii and Polynesia and seven miles of hiking trails, as well as educational and community activities.
Iolani Palace: Completed in 1882 for King Kalakaua and located in downtown Honolulu, Iolani Palace was once the official residence of Hawaii's monarchy. Today, the stunning neo-classical building has been meticulously restored to its former grandeur and serves as a museum. From royal dinnerware to Queen Liliuokalani's cuff buttons, the Palace's extensive collection explores the rich history of the Aloha State as well as its colorful Polynesian roots.
Shangri La Center for Islamic Arts and Culture: Built in 1938, Shangri La was once the home of heiress Doris Duke. The Islamic-style mansion sits on five acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Diamond Head. It is now a museum and arts and cultures center. A Playhouse, pool and various indoor and outdoor spaces such as courtyards, lanais, terraces and gardens, accompanies the 14,000-square-foot house. Today, Shangri La is considered one of Hawaii's most architecturally significant homes.
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