• Haleakalā Summit

Driving 0 to 10,000 feet for a mountaintop sunset and world-class stargazing in an open-topped Jeep.

There aren’t many places on earth to gain 10,000 feet in altitude without flying. I would guess there are even fewer where you can do it with a relatively easy drive over about 90 minutes. The road takes you from a lush, tropical paradise to a barren, volcanic peak that was about 25 degrees Fahrenheit during our visit. But it’s not without its challenges.

The starting point: our hotel balcony, about...30 feet above sea level.

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