After we booked our tickets to Maui, we immediately walked to Powell's to pick up a guidebook. The first picture I flipped to was of the Haleakala Crater and National Park at sunrise. It looked otherworldly; I had a hard time reconciling how terrain that looks like a cross between the moon and Mars (at least how the movies portray Mars!) could be part of the United States.
A dormant volcano, Haleakala rises 10,000 feet above sea level, with a 3,000 foot valley that forms its crater. The National Park is comprised of 30,000 acres of one-of-a-kind views, hiking, waterfalls, along with an eery sense of quiet. The park is too expansive to see in one day, so we chose to use our morning to drive to the top, stopping at overlooks along the way. When Justin and I discussed our favorite experiences on this trip, we each simultaneously said Haleakala National Park and the Road to Hana.