Hike Kauai's Na Pali Coast

Early summer brings perfect weather, fewer crowds

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The Kalalau Trail snakes along Kauai's Na Pali Coast

Early summer on Kauai is perfect. Not only is the rainy season over, replaced by blue skies and sunshine, but the high-heat hasn't hit yet, giving you a few extra miles of hiking before you're completely drenched in sweat. Plus, tourist crowds won't peak for another few weeks, which will save you cash since airfares skyrocket during the high season.

Take this time window to try a five-day hike along the Kalalau Trail on Kauai's Na Pali coast, a hike so awe-inspiring that renowned backpacker and author Peter Potterfield ranked it in his World's 10 Best Hikes list. The 22-mile route is strenuous, but you'll drink in a landscape that Potterfield describes as "intoxicating." Click here to help plan your escape.

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