Hilo on the cheap
Hilo is bursting with scenic natural beauty, from its deep green rainforests to crystal-clear waters. Whether you're planning a family getaway or a couples retreat, this is an ideal destination for an exploration of the Aloha State. If you're interested in vacationing in this exquisite location but concerned about the high costs associated with Hawaii travel - worry not, because there are many money-saving opportunities here. Start by booking your Hilo rental car through Thrifty Car Rental, which offers Hilo deals on already affordable vehicles. Then, drive to these top free attractions:
Kolekole Beach Park
Take your Hilo car rental 12 miles north on Highway 19 to Kolekole Beach Park, laid out along the Hamakua Coast. The stunning landscape is a jungle-esque garden lining the ocean, and it's a popular location for locals, especially on the weekends. Enjoy a picnic out on the expanse of grass or in one of the pavilions, then stroll the grounds to take in the pleasant surroundings - you'll come across a splashing waterfall, lava rocks and a trickling stream, among other features. For an afternoon of relaxation, lay out on the white sand to soak up some sun or take a dip in the warm waters.
The Singing Bridge
For a unique local experience, drive your Hilo car rental over the Singing Bridge, which is also called the Wailuku Bridge. This structure was erected in 1950 to replace the Warren Railroad Bridge. It's situated where the Pacific Ocean and Wailuku River meet and famous for the strange singing sound that it makes as you cruise over caused by tires going across the steel grate surface. While you're driving along, be sure to look down and catch a glimpse of the expansive blue ocean below.