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Haleakala National Park, Hawaii
Published: May 19, 2020
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Why Would I Go To Haleakala National Park?
Summary of Why to Go to Haleakala National Park
Haleakala National Park is located in the gorgeous state of Hawaii, so the fact it is within Hawaii is already one big selling-point for it is a state that oftentimes has gorgeous weather year-round! The main focal point of Haleakala is the 10,000-foot volcano (it is thankfully dormant) which visitors to the park can go up to the summit of in order to enjoy amazing views and utterly incredible stargazing on clear nights. The Kapahulu district of the park has a drive-up campground and the popular summit also has both drive-up and general wilderness options for camping as well.
The, “Wilderness area,” has spaces for tent camping and offers cabin rentals too, but requires booking well in advance as Haleakala National Park can get quite crowded during vacation season! The park is open year-round, however, only closing due to inclement weather or during major dangerous events such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Haleakala National Park is unfortunately not free, but only costs a reasonable $20 per vehicle of people for a three-day pass. You also can just outright buy an annual pass if desired too for $25–just $5 more! All campsite space is of course via a first-come-first-served methodology (with the aforementioned cabins needing to be booked). Also, to prevent overcrowding due to the immense popularity of the park, you can only stay up to 3 days (consecutive or nonconsecutive) within a 30-day time period. This rule applies to both the Summit area and the Haleakala district as a whole. Still, once you're done staying at Haleakala National Park you have the rest of the amazing state of Hawaii to explore still, so three days may be all you need before heading out to sample the local cuisine, take-in Hawaiian culture, and maybe catch some waves if you're into surfing!
- Hawaii is an amazing state full of attractions and a rich culture in addition to the park.
- Besides when it is stormy, the weather is almost always perfect for camping throughout the entire year.
- Stellar views can be had at the top of the park's dormant volcano.
- Most areas of the park are accessible by vehicle.
- There is a cost to attend the park–$20 for three days or $25 to buy annual access.
- The park can be crowded during the vacation season, resulting in cabins being booked well in advance and campsites filling-up quickly due to their first-come-first-served rules.
- You can only stay 3 days total within a 30 day period.