Na Pali State Park, Kauai
Ask a hundred different Hawaiians to pick the most beautiful point in the state, you’ll get 100 different answers, and they’re all correct. What distinguishes this far coast on the ancient island of Kauai (6 million years older than parts of the still-erupting Big Island) are those ridiculous hues and the drama of the drops. Eons of earthquakes have sheared off parts of the mountains, leaving you to hike on winding trails that hug cliff faces and plunge down to opalescent beaches. Watch a sunset from hundreds of feet up, with nothing between you and China but 5,000 miles of Pacific Ocean. It is, in a word, ridic. [Editor’s Note: Hawaii is not included in the above road trip, because duh].