The island chain of Hawaii may conjure up images of pineapples and lush tropics, yet Honolulu is also chock-full of historic sites that are pivotal to American history. Book your tickets and car rental in Honolulu already - you can have it all here, so go ahead - have your happy cake (a favorite Hawaiian desert), and eat it, too!
A true gem amid the rough
Honolulu receives an average of 38 inches of rain per year, but don't let this figure lead you to believe that the destination is washed up! With an average of 276 days of sunshine per year, the rains only make the landscape all the more lush, so you're sure to find your fair share of beauty. One of the most iconic components of the area is Diamond Head. Park your Honolulu rental car at the base of this state landmark, and begin your climb up 175 steps to this peak. From the top, you'll be rewarded with vistas of Waikiki and the shores of southern Oahu. For military history buffs, the ancient crater is also home to a number of underground tunnels and military bunkers, so feel free to let out your inner child - it's a true paradise here!
Remember a day that will live in infamy
One of Honolulu's most humbling attractions is the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Take your Honolulu car rental to this spot just north of downtown to visit the national cemetery, where 53,000 U.S. veterans who are laid to rest in this long-extinct volcanic crater. While the cemetery has soldiers buried here who served in many of the 20th century wars, the site also serves as a commemorative spot for those who lost their lives during the Pearl Harbor attacks.
From baskets to biology
Culture and history are intrinsically tied together in Hawaii. If you want to see one of the greatest "relationships" of this type, head to the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum in your rental car in Honolulu for a look at more than 22.3 million plant and animal specimens, 1.3 million Hawaiian and Pacific Island cultural artifacts, and 1 million historic photos, films and audio recordings. A true cultural bouquet for the senses, this world-class collection has been ranked among the top five in the nation, and should not be missed.
Whether it’s your first trip to Hawaii or your hundredth, you’re traveling alone or with a your entire family, with Thrifty’s wide range of Honolulu rental cars, you’ll find the perfect convertible, minivan, SUV or sedan to help you make your way across town – and across the island – with ease. Best of all, when you book your Honolulu car rental with Thrifty, you’ll always get our lowest price – guaranteed.
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One of the many bonuses of having our Honolulu rental cars at your disposal is the fact that they give you the freedom to explore the island on your terms. But if you’re not quite sure where to start, we’ve pulled together a few ideas that will make your Hawaiian experience even better, so don’t miss:
- Diamond Head State Monument. With breathtaking panoramas from this 760-foot extinct volcanic peak, plus great hiking and lush vegetation, this incredible park is well worth the drive.
- Waikiki Beach. With soft sand beaches, stunning sunset views and great waves for surfing, it’s a place where locals and vacationers alike convene to soak in the sun.
- The Arts District Honolulu. In downtown/Chinatown, this neighborhood is filled with galleries, cafes, performing arts venues and unique, local shops.
- Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum. Also known as the Hawaii State Museum of Natural and Cultural History, this museum is home to the world's largest collection of Polynesian cultural and scientific artifacts and boasts many child-friendly, interactive exhibits.
Book your Honolulu car rental online today – and soon you’ll be enjoying the soothing sound of crashing waves, experiencing the pure joy of a warm and balmy breeze and basking in the sweet smell of coconut suntan oil.