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T+L Editors' Favorite Road Trips: Kauai

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Kauai

We spent a day exploring Kauai’s incredible topography from our open-air Jeep. Following the Kuhio Highway from Lihue, on the eastern shore, we drove counterclockwise along the island’s circumference, stopping along the way for waterfalls ('Opaeka'a Falls, near Wailua), smoothies (get the Taste of Hawaii—a blend of papaya, mango, banana, and other tropical flavors—at Moloa'a Sunrise Juice Bar, in Anahola), and beaches (Pali Ke Kua, a.k.a Hideaways, accessible via steep, slippery path just below the St. Regis Princeville resort).

Everywhere were reminders that Mother Nature runs this island: flooded roads, the smell of exotic fruits, stray chickens getting fat on the lush vegetation, and scary signs warning us that some beaches, while peaceful-looking, were too dangerous for swimming. One such highlight: the gorgeous but treacherous Queen’s Bath, on the North Shore. It’s a series of natural pools on a lava rock shelf that juts into the ocean and is often pummeled with powerful waves. Strange, beautiful, eye-opening, and humbling—just like Kauai itself.

—Peter J. Frank, director of editorial product development

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