Located on the Big Island of Hawaii, you can find Hilo. It is a city that is truly unlike any other in the world. People love visiting Hawaii for its natural beauty, but Hilo offers visitors a taste of history and culture as well. While the city is situated on the largest island of this state, it’s still incredibly small. You can actually drive from Hilo on the east side to the western part of the island in less than two hours. Because of this, renting a car is an ideal way to get around and explore any and every part of the island that most suits your taste and flexibility.
Hilo is located in a bay, and visiting the waterfront is an excellent way to become acquainted with the area. The Wailoa River State Recreation Area is located right on by the Hilo Bay and gives you a chance to see where the city itself meets nature. Right next to this is Lili’uokalani Gardens, a lush patch of land inspired by the gardens that Queen Liliuokalani kept over 100 years ago. Drive a little bit inland and experience Rainbow Falls, a stunning and serene waterfall that no visitors should miss.
Hilo is home to the fascinating Pacific Tsunami Museum, which offers amazing exhibits and also serves as a memorial to people killed in tsunamis past. While tsunamis are highly publicized, few people who live outside of tsunami-stricken zones know many facts about them. Exhibits here aim to educate locals and tourists alike with photos, spoken histories, and educational models.
Get a taste of island cuisine in one of Hilo’s many local restaurants. Moon & Turtle uses locally sourced ingredients in their frequently changing international menu, focusing on the foods of the Pacific. Pineapples Island Fresh Cuisine has island-inspired meals made with local fish, Big Island beef, and farm fruits and veggies. Tina’s Garden Gourmet Cafe offers a unique dining experience with large portions of organic foods that are intended for sharing.
Outside of the city proper, you’ll find endless places to explore and get in touch with nature. It’s important to note that not all of Hawaii is safe for driving, and to access some beautiful locations, such as volcanoes, you will need to join a guided tour or be sure to rent a four wheel drive vehicle. However, there are still many other places that you can easily access on your own. Kealakekua offers amazing snorkeling opportunities, Hapuna Beach is perfect for some waterfront rest and relaxation, and Akaka Falls is a perfect day hike located just outside of Hilo.
Plan your perfect trip to Hilo, Hawaii, and let us at Orbitz help. We offer a variety of rental car classes to match your budget so that you can enjoy the sights, food, and culture of this city and all of the Big Island without hassle.