On the wild and rugged island of Kauai lies Lihue, the island's capital city as well as the location of the island's only airport. Fill your days with trips to natural wonders such as Wailua Falls and Kalapaki Beach and your evenings with Koloa rum and fresh-caught seafood. There are many flights to Lihue, so finding one that fits your schedule should be very easy. When you're in town, get a car rental in Lihue (or better yet, get a truck for an off-road adventure), and see the area's wild beauty up close, including historic plantations, museums, and countless natural wonders.
Driving from Coast to Coast
The beautiful, open-air Lihue Airport is a short two-mile drive to downtown, where many Lihue hotels await. Lihue car rentals at the airport abound, as do various shuttle services, and the island's 70 bus routes will take you right into downtown Lihue. If you're eager to start exploring Kauai's rugged beauty, head west through Waimea Canyon to Waimea Town. This relatively undiscovered burg combines Hawaii's staggering beauty with its rich history. From Waimea Town, head north for a quick jaunt to Koke'e State Park. Here, you can get your exercise while taking in the surrounding beauty on one of a few dozen hiking trails of varying difficulty, and if you're visiting in October, make sure not to miss the festival honoring Queen Emma of Hawaii.
While you still have your Lihue car rental, make sure to eat your way up and down the Kuhio Highway in downtown Lihue, where you'll find cuisine for every taste, including seafood, tapas, and even barbecue. And if a Hawaiian vacation seems a bit pricey, don't forget that you can save up to $537 when you book a hotel and a flight at the same time with Travelocity.