What parent would sign up to awaken at 3 in the morning? (We’re all sleep-deprived as it is, thankyouverymuch.) Yet, we absolutely recommend that you “just do it.” The view at sunrise on the Haleakala is often considered a spiritual experience and is not to be missed. Here’s another happy thought: once up on the mountain, you’ll soon become a human icicle — it’s fa-reezing up there. So this activity might not be fun for little kids (unless yours are particularly up for fun), but is a don’t-miss experience for everyone else. Dress in layers so that you can strip as the day heats up. Best tip: Join a tour group, and you can snooze on the way to the beauty. There are several tours from which to choose, such as Temptation Tours.
Haleakala Crater at Sunrise
Haleakala National Park P.O. Box 369, Makawao, Maui, 96768, HI