Published: February 2010The Big Trip: Hawaii
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The Hawaii Guarantee

You only have so many vacation days—use them wisely. The Aloha State promises epic adventure, every time.

Text by Katie Arnold
Map by Joyce Pendola

Visit Hawaii once and chances are you'll do it again. And again. And again. Sixty-five percent of travelers to the state go back, and it’s easy to see why: 750 miles of coastline, five national parks, and perfect weather year-round (mostly sunny, 75 degrees, give or take). In other words, it’s a sure bet. But it's also expensive—or it was. Since the economic slump, average hotel rates have dropped from $225 to $178 a night, and while other warm-weather destinations are gradually creeping back to pre-2008 numbers, Hawaii's recovery has been relatively slow. "We had a substantial downturn in the first quarter of 2009, and I suspect we’ll be at about the same level in early 2010," says Hospitality Advisors LLC president Joseph Toy. All the more reason to light out now. Pick an island—each has its own scene, from tropical Kauai to rustic Molokai to the wildly diverse Big Island—and save the rest for another trip. This won’t be your last.

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