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Maui is loaded with scenic places. The West Maui resort area has stunning views of Molokai and Lanai in the distance, It is a great place to enjoy a day at the beach, spot whales, or witness colorful hawaiian sunsets. There's world-class resorts, golf and scuba diving here. It is one of the most beautiful places on earth. If there was a downside, it would have to be the traffic and expense. To get anywhere, you must travel on the perimeter highway, and it's usually bumper-to-bumper. And you'll pay more for a hotel room, food and gas than anywhere else in the U.S.

If you want to experience the popular views of Haleakala National Park, you will want to allow plenty of time if driving from the resort areas of West Maui. This trip can take at least 2-3 hours each way, and there are several bicycle groups riding downhill that you're likely get stuck behind on the way back. This road trip to the top of Haleakala ends at 10,000 feet in elevation, so bring warm winter clothes if you want to do any hiking up there.

An even more difficult adventure is taking the Road to Hana. It's not for everyone, and if you're not behind the wheel, it could be a real headache due to the more than 100 hairpin turns along the rainforest coastline. There are several waterfalls near the road along the way, but many you'll never see unless you buy a good book with detailed maps and directions. This scenic drive is best experienced if you allow at least one night stay in Hana. A much easier and worthwhile trip to a scenic place on Maui is to the Iao Needle, which is located near the center of the island.

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