Hawaiian inhabitants have the longest predicted life expectancy of any people in the United States - and it's not difficult to understand why. This verdant chain of precious jewels offers unparalleled opportunities for magnificent sightseeing, outdoor activities and cultural explorations.

Hawaii sunset image

Both Honolulu and Waikiki Beach provide plenty of sunbathing and sightseeing opportunities, and the beaches are sure to be filled with honeymooners, families and teenagers hoping to catch the perfect wave. 'Iolani Palace, the royal palace for the last two island monarchs, King Kalalaua and Queen Lili'uokalani, offers a real taste of Polynesian history. Also located on the "big island" are Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, home of Mauna Loa, the earth's largest volcano, and the USS Arizona Memorial, built on the actual wreckage of a ship destroyed in the 1941 Pearl Harbour attack.

Principal City: Honolulu
Tourist Board: Hawaii

Discovering the black sand beaches, sea arch and caves of Wainapanapa State Park on Maui Island is a wondrous adventure. The summit of Haleakala National Park provides fantastic views of five of the eight major islands.

Na Pali Coast, Kauai photo

If you need to take a break from the crowds of tourists, pay a visit to Kauai, one of Hawaii's oldest and least developed islands. The fertile grounds of the Huleia National Wildlife Refuge play host to a wide range of beautiful native plants, birds and animals and just seeing the stunning Wailua double waterfall makes it worth a side trip.

In fact, seeing the serene beauty of Hawaii may just extend your own life a few years.

Islands of Hawaii

Kauai | Oahu | Molokai | Lanai | Maui | Hawaii's Big Island