Hawaii, the land of aloha, is comprised of six main islands (Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Hawaii, Molokai and Lanai), which present outstanding vacation opportunities year round for the outdoor enthusiast. Hikers will find trails and destinations of every conceivable fitness ability on most islands. On Kauai, the stunning Na Pali Coast with its sculpted, emerald-green cliffs and zig-zagging trails, offer hikers one-of-a-kind ocean promontories through dense tropical flora. Although often hot and humid in summer, the Big Island of Hawaii affords numerous opportunities for pleasant hikes in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which is located at an elevation of 4024 feet. On Maui, don't miss hiking or biking the crater of Haleakala, which means "House of the Sun" in Hawaiian.
Big Sur, California
Very few summertime destinations could surpass the altogether stunning views offered by world-famous Highway 1 (designated an American National Scenic Byway) in Northern California. Backed by the dramatic Santa Lucia Mountain range, Big Sur in particular makes a thoroughly enjoyable locale for the outdoor enthusiast with its numerous hiking trails, meandering creeks, and tall redwoods. Camping is permitted within the state parks as well as on private property.
Taos, New Mexico
Famed and labeled "Land of Enchantment", New Mexico is not misnamed. Visitors flock to this lovely mountain region even in summer to enjoy its special brand of recreation, including rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding, running and cycling. The nature lover will relish New Mexico's scenic vistas, stark landscapes, ultra-clear air, blue skies and puffy clouds, all of which have made beloved subjects for such legendary American painters as Georgia O'Keefe.