The surf's up and the vibes are cool in Honolulu. The gateway to the Aloha State, this is a city where you'll hear legends of wave-riding Duke Kahanamoku and get to laze on shimmering beaches where the coconut palms stoop low. Be sure to don your hibiscus garlands if you're heading Waikiki way. That's the tropical paradise where A-listers have been coming ever since Elvis in the 1950s. Beyond the turquoise lagoons and deluxe resorts, a lively Chinatown sizzles with soy kitchens, there are Polynesian cookhouses with BBQ grills, and you can even hike rugged trails up monstrous Hawaiian volcanos. Cheap flights to Honolulu can also be your chance to explore the wondrous isle of Oahu. Bag your ticket deals to see pro surfers hit the super swells along the North Shore, or for a romantic honeymoon by the golden sands of Kailua.
Feeling adventurous? Diamond Head hulks above Honolulu like a sleeping giant. Scale its hiking paths for awesome views of the Pacific Ocean.
Made infamous by Japanese attacks in 1941, Pearl Harbor is now an immersive and sobering memorial to the struggles of WWII.
Follow in the footsteps of Hawaii's Polynesian kings by hitting the gold-tinged sands of Waikiki, a district of longboarders, azure bays, and chic beach hotels.