We have a winner! After a tremendously long and hard fought election, Barack Obama has emerged victorious. As Obama celebrates and prepares for his second term, we, the American people, have earned ourselves a break from it all. And what better way to celebrate our president than a vacation in his home state?
The team at Hopper dug into the travel trends and data on Hawaii to learn more about the state that gave us President Obama. A land of verdant mountain ranges and wide open beaches, Hawaii is a weary citizen's dream destination
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Hawaii is a bastion of tropical splendor and more colorful than one of Michelle Obama’s stylish looks. On numbers alone, the state is impressive, boasting 68 major waterfalls, 372 beaches, 7 national parks and jaw-dropping topography. At 1,523 miles in length, the chain of islands is essentially one long string of volcanoes, erupting from the sea with sparkling white sand beaches and crowning emerald peaks. Hawaii’s 132 islands (only 8 of which are suitable for human habitation and, needless to say, your travel plans) lay claim to gorgeous landscapes from majestic raven volcanic rock to lush emerald vegetation. It’s no wonder Hawaii saw 7.3 million visitors in 2011.
The Aloha State’s incredible sceneryserves as a picturesque back-drop for a number of outdoor activities. Home to 104 golf courses, 1,964 bike routes and 352 hiking trails, there’s no shortage of sporting opportunities. The Obama family is known for their fitness and Hawaii makes it easy to be active! Hawaii really shines on the water. This archipelago is home to some of the world’s greatest surf, from the massive waves of Oahu’s North Shore to the gentle breaks of Maui’s Waikiki Beach. The state’s warm waters and wide beaches make for incredible windsurfing, fishing, snorkeling, and scuba diving.
Hawaii is more than just towering volcanoes and sparkling seas. With 7 natural landmarks, 70 museums, and 33 historic landmarks, including the Pearl Harbor Memorial, you’ll spend more time debating where to go than having thoughts of debates. Hawaii is a unique blend of Polynesian, Asian and American cultures. Experience authentic luaus and hula lessons, or sample the award winning regional cuisine at island landmarks like Alan Wong or Roy’s Waikiki.
Not everyone can just hop onto Air Force One on a whim, but flying to Hawaii can be surprisingly budget friendly. If you start out on the West Coast, airfares to Honolulu are steady at around $300 round-trip, spiking up to $400 around the holidays and dipping as low as $199 during off-peak travel times. Flying from New York or Chicago, you’ll pay at least $400, with fares up to $1,000 (yes, for coach) during the holidays.
Like President Obama, Hawaii is a winner. So vote with your feet, and treat your election weary spirit to an island adventure.
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