My trip is coming up soon and I could use advice & insights on the places above. We have been to Oahu & Las Vegas before but never to Kauaii & Palm Desert. Thanks in advance.
In Palm Springs, I recommend the Tram, which is a dramatic ride, especially in the summer. It affords a dramatic, scenic ride and in a matter of minutes you leave the desert heat and find yourself in the woods in a totally different, cool environment. You can eat at the visitors' center at the top, go hiking, or just enjoy the view.
Thanks AZDesertRat. I will definitely try that!
My best suggestion for Kauai is to take a helicopter tour. We did that back in March and absolutely loved it. You can read what I wrote here Kauai - from Land, Sea, and Air. We also enjoyed driving to Waimea Canyon, but make sure to do that on a clear day.
Thanks, bejacob. I will definitely put that on my list. Not sure i I can get my husband into a helicopter "tho!!
Was stationed on Oahu, Schofield Barracks, for a couple of years in Army. Would agree with my friend bejacob that you should take an overall tour (helicopter or van) of the Island and decide what you want to see more of. And there is a lot to see. Highlights for me were: Pearl Harbor, International Marketplace, Diamond Head, Waikiki Beach, Honolulu of course. The Island is safe with many military personnel afoot. The local folks welcome tourists and are very friendly. Sounds like an ambitious trip. Happy travels and be safe.
I am planning to go to Diamond Head. I have been to Pearl Harbor & Waikiki Beach & the Palace. What is International Place? I might go to Pearl Harbor again as my son & his wife are joining us & last year they went on their honeymoon & could not get onto the memorial site as it had been damaged by a boat! I think they want to go back. It is an ambitious trip--we have never been gone from work for 3 weeks! Thanks to Marriott, Marriott Vacation Club & travel packages, we are traveling in style!
I would plan some time on the North Shore of Oahu as well. Beautiful beaches and much less crowded. Stop by one of the Shrimp Trucks as well. Romy's is the one we liked, right on a shrimp farm.
Thanks, bpelican! Your advice is most welcome!
Kauai is my favorite place. We stayed at the Kauai Beach club a few years ago. We enjoyed touring the Tropical Botanical Gardens (Allerton was great - Jurassic park was filmed there) and we also loved a tour and tasting at the chocolate farm. We visited the Waimea Canyon ( amazing colors), kayaked the river and toured up on the North Shore.
We also visited Palm Desert and the desert jeep tour was a highlight- amazing how cold it was in the mountains compared to the Desert. We also visited the Living Desert Zoo and Garden in Palm desert and went horse back riding.
enjoy your trips!
Great suggestions, hazelnut, thanks! On my list now!
Kauai Eats: Eating House 1849 in Poipu (Roy Yamaguchi), Hamura's Saimin in Lihue (hole in the wall noodle soup place)
Thanks, iestrikesback, for the suggestions! We will check them out! We are staying @ the Marriott Kauaii Resort.
You're welcome! Also, Duke's right next to your hotel is excellent as well. Their Aloha Hour has outstanding deals, but get there early! Where are you staying in Vega$? I would highly recommend the Cosmopolitan, which is located right on the strip.
I will definitely be going to Duke's in Kauaii, iestrikesback! I have been to the one in Oahu & in California. We collect their t-shirts. In Las Vegas, we are staying @ the Grand Chateau--Marriott's timeshare. One of my sons got married in Las Vegas & we used the Cosmopolitan as one of the guests' hotels. It is quite a place! The Grand Chateau is right across the street from the Cosmopolitan. And we plan to try a shrimp truck in Oahu--after all we like Hawaii 5-O! ha! ha!
If a helicopter tour is not high on your husbands list of favortie things I would suggest a tour of the Napali coast (snorkel, sunset). There is spectacular scenery that you do not want to miss that you will only see by air or sea. As others have stated Kauai is a beautiful place and is one of our favorites. I would also recommend purchasing one of the tour books as they give good advice and reviews.
Thanks for this alternate way to view the island, shashack! We do love boat tours!
One of the things I enjoyed on O'ahu was visiting the Dole pineapple plantation. They have lots of pineapple infused foodstuffs & souvenirs, as well as a large pineapple maze you can walk through. Remember, the pineapple is the symbol for hospitality!
Hawaii's Pineapple Experience | Dole Plantation
PlatinumBoyForever, I have visited the Dole Plantation. It is a fun place. I still use my special pineapple cutting knife that I bought there. We also enjoyed their pineapple wine! Thanks for your recommendation.
I have to admit these are all very good suggestions. Depending on where you're staying and for how long- you'll have to place the suggestions on a "priority list". Kauai - Waimea Canyon is beautiful. Oahu - definitely Pearl Harbor (get there early-pick up your Starbucks and head over). I would also suggest the Polynesian Cultural Center. It's all day and stay for the luau and evening show. Palm Springs/Palm Desert area - the Tram is cool. But the eateries are "eh". Restaurant suggestions- Babe's BBQ, Papa Dan's, and Piero's to name a few. Enjoy! Aloha!
Thanks, pointjunkie, for your recommendations. We are staying 5 nights in Kauaii, 7 nights in Oahu, 4 nights in Palm Desert & 4 nights in Las Vegas. Oh, 1 night @ LAX on an open jaw flight! I have added your suggestions to my list. A friend also suggested going to the windmill farm in/near Palm Springs??
We love Piero's as well. Enjoy!
Th JW Palm Desert is great, especially of you are looking for golf. There are multiple Marriott time shares in Palm Desert. Palm Desert is about 30 minutes from downtown Palm Springs. If you want to be closer to the action, the Rennaissance in downtown is a nice place. The Triada is an Autograph collection in the downtown area that I have not yet tried. If you get a urge for NY Deli food, try Sherman's Deli. They are in downtown and Palm Desert.
Curiousone, thanks for your reply. We are staying @ one of the Marriott timeshares in Palm Desert Villas 1. Have you ever stayed there? We have never been there and are looking forward to it. We hope it won't be too hot! Golfing is definitely on the agenda!
I have stayed at the Shadow Ridge Enclaves 3 times. I will be staying at the Desert Springs Villas for the first time this Thanksgiving. DSVs are next door to the JW Marriott Palm Desert and I anticipate that I will have access to the JW pool and spa as well as being able to charge back meals from JW restauants to my DSV room. (They do this at Canyon Villas in Phoenix with the JW Desert Ridge). It will probably be hot into Oct. You may want to look at early tee times.
We will definitely be going to the JW Marriott, curiousone. I tried to book tee times, but it is too soon. Thanks for the weather tip!
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