As the largest city on the Big Island of Hawaii, Hilo has an array of tourist attractions that will tempt you to spend a night or two in town. But two nights aren’t nearly enough, wise wanderer. You should treat yourself to at least a week—maybe even a few weeks in this fabulous Hawaiian town. When you’re ready to go, Travelocity is here to help you find the best deals on Hilo hotels. Ready to explore museums, historic landmarks, natural wonders, and a picturesque downtown wrapped around a crescent-shaped bay? Why yes, wise wanderer, you are.
As you wander through Hilo, you’ll pass historic wooden storefronts, 100-year-old banyan trees, and more shaved ice stands than you can count. Feel like exploring nature? Head for Banyan Drive, a road lined with impressively massive, multi-limbed banyan trees. At the end is Liliuokalani Gardens, a 30-acre Japanese garden featuring arched bridges, fish ponds, bamboo groves, and pagodas. Next, get your history on: guided tours are available at the Lyman Museum and Mission House; built as a family home for missionaries in 1839, it's the oldest wooden building on the island. The adjacent museum includes natural history exhibits and an extensive gem collection. How about gazing about the stars? At the Imiloa Astronomy Center, see planetarium shows and learn about how the Hawaiian culture made use of science. Exhibits share the story of ancient Polynesians who used the stars to navigate their way to the Hawaiian archipelago; you’ll also be educated on groundbreaking discoveries about the universe made by scientists at the observatories on nearby Mauna Kea.
Hilo's restaurants are mostly along its main thoroughfare—Kilauea Avenue—but you'll find great places to eat all over town, from fast food on a side street to fine dining on the waterfront. Chinese, Thai, and Japanese cuisines are represented, and you're also in luck if you want Italian or Mexican food. Asian-Hawaiian fusion is popular, too. If you found cheap hotels in Hilo with Travelocity and want budget-friendly meals to match, try the farmers market downtown on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You can make a fine picnic from tropical fruits, locally made jams, baked goods, and all manner of macadamia nut products.
You didn’t come to Hawaii to wake up looking out your window at a delipidated brick building. You want to open your eyes to the sight of a golden sunrise stretching its rays through the blinds of your oceanfront window. Luckily for you, the shoreline of Hilo Bay has everything from luxurious four-star resorts to small bed and breakfasts. Further inland from town, there’s a multitude of eco-tourist resorts that will have you living off the beaten path during your stay. No matter what you choose, you’ll only be steps from the pristine waters of the Pacific Ocean.
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Last Updated On March 10th 2017