If you are planning a trip to Maui, go to Haleakala National Park! If you’re not keen on getting up at 3:30 am on vacation to get there in time for sunrise (which is what you will have to do if you’re staying on the west side of the island!), a day trip is worthwhile. The drive through Upcountry is lush, beautiful and unique – there’s so much to do in this area that if the weather isn’t good and you decide not to drive up to the volcano, you will still have had an enjoyable day.
Once you reach the summit, you’re transported to another world. It’s pretty amazing (and cold, dress warm!!!).