History, Culture & the Outdoors

Newest Reviews
7.00 Milwaukee, WI History Museums ratingStar
Harley-Davidson Museum
7.80 Green Bay, WI Walking Tours ratingStar
Lambeau Field Stadium Tours & ...
7.33 Grand Rapi.., MI History Museums ratingStar
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Mu...
8.00 Dearborn, MI History Museums ratingStar
The Henry Ford
6.33 Dickerson, MD Hiking ratingStar
Sugarloaf Mountain

Historic Sites
8.50 Oklahoma C.., OK Historic Sites ratingStar
Oklahoma City National Memor...
8.33 Fort Smith, AR Historic Sites ratingStar
Fort Smith National Historic...
8.33 Macon, GA Historic Sites ratingStar
Ocmulgee National Monument
8.33 Jamestown, VA Historic Sites ratingStar
Historic Jamestowne
8.17 King of Pr.., PA Historic Sites ratingStar
Valley Forge National Histor...

Top Picks
California (1-10)
Featured Review
Diamond Head Crater State Monument
a view of the crater from the parking area 6.00 Hawaii ratingStar
Diamond Head Crater State Monument guyonthego

Diamond Head Crater is a 760 foot volcanic crater that overlooks Waikiki Beach on Oahu, HI. The crater is in a 475 acre state park. The primary attraction is a .75 mile trail to the summit that provides good views of nearby Waikiki and more distant Honolulu. This is the type of attraction that “everybody does” and the views justify the time, but you should expect company and be aware that the walk can be taxing.

Diamond Head Crater received its name from sailors in the 1800’s who mistook calcite crystals for diamonds. The crater was incorporated into coastal defense fortifications developed by the US military in the early 1900’s. In addition to the trail to the summit, the military installed lookout posts, bunkers and communications equipment. These facilities were designed to help direct artillery and mortar fire from nearby bases.

The walk to the summit includes tunnels and stairs and a bunker at the top. When the trail is crowded, these areas become chokepoints and long lines can result. Getting stuck in a tunnel surrounded by strangers on a hot day is probably not your idea of a fun activity, so it’s a good idea to visit at an off-peak, non-holiday time, such as late in the morning or early in the afternoon on a weekday.

Diamond Head is nearby the major hotels on Waikiki, so it attracts a lot of tourists. Given its popularity, most people clearly don’t mind the walk in order to appreciate the view. However, if long staircases, tunnels and lots of company, don’t sound appealing, you will want to look elsewhere to take a hike and let a photograph (see picture at right) make do for the view.
Go to full review
New Write-ups
August 2018
Flag Icon
Flag Icon
Flag Icon
Flag Icon

Flag Icon
Flag Icon
Flag Icon
Flag Icon