Hilo, Hawaii: Destination of the week:
Hawaii is a dream destination for many travelers from the Lower 48. Most mainlanders flock to Maui or Oahu, seeking sunshine and easy access to beaches and water sports. While these two headlining destinations are undeniably beautiful, Hawaii's namesake island, which is almost always referred to as the Big Island, boasts its own attractive traits. Beautiful beaches and clear, blue waters are a part of the Big Island's geography, but so are volcanic mountains, lava fields, caves, and impossibly high waterfalls. The Kona Coast is arguably the biggest draw on this Big Island, but the city of Hilo, the largest population center on the island, is a good base for nature-seeking tourists. “Large” is a relative term on the sparsely inhabited Big Island; Hilo's population is less than 50,000.