Thrifty Car Rental –Hilo (ITO)
1 General Lyman Field
Hilo, HI 96720
Located on the opposite side of the Kohala Coast on Hawaii Island, Hilo is a scenic paradise boasting towering waterfalls, fertile rainforests and colorful gardens. Whether you're coming here to bask in the warm Hawaii sun or explore this densely historic region, your Hilo rental car will ensure you're not missing a beat. Within a short drive, you can explore the historic KailuaVillage or meander through some of the island's most beautiful natural scenery. Whatever your plan may be, rest assured that you can swiftly land at the Hilo International Airport and cruise off in your Hilo car rental.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is one the most awe-inspiring landscapes in the world. Drive your Hilo rental car about 30 miles southwest to the home of Kilauea volcano. Kilauea is one of the most active volcanoes on the planet and coined as "the world's only drive-in volcano." The volcano produces enough lava each day to resurface a 20-mile, two-lane road, and it has added 491 acres of land to Hawaii Island since 1994. Travelers can spend anywhere from 20 minutes to two hours hiking this region; however, it is mandatory that you stay within the permitted safety areas.
The charming downtown center of Hilo features century-old wooden storefronts, many of which are on the National Register of Historic Places. Park your Hilo car rental and stretch your legs along Kamehameha Avenue, where you can find boutique shops, restaurants and much more. History buffs may want to plan a visit to the neo-classical Palace Theatre, which was built in 1925, or the Pacific Tsunami Museum or Lyman Mission House and Museum. Stop at the Hilo Farmers Market and pick up some of the freshest produce around.
Embrace the area's parks
Wailuku River State Park, home to Rainbow Falls and Boiling Pots, is just a short drive away from downtown Hilo. Anyone traveling on a romantic getaway will love the 80-foot Rainbow Falls, which got its name from the vibrant rainbows that form in the mist. The Boiling Pots at this park are hot water springs that have formed from water flows and basalt lava – unfortunately, they aren't suitable for swimming. The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden and Liliuokalani Gardens are other must-sees for any horticulturist or nature lover.