Garden of the Gods
- Type: Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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When you think "Garden of the Gods," you expect lush vegetation -- but not here. This barren site hosts only strangely shaped boulders and dust. So why should you visit this apparent wasteland? First, the terrain's appearance is probably the closest you'll ever get to Mars. And second, at sunset, the orange light turns the rocks shades of fiery reds and bright purples.
This otherworldly setting mystifies many visitors long after they've returned home. One Yelp.com user eagerly describes: "You drive on some serious 4x4 rugged dirt roads to reach it and when you do it's like being transported to another planet."
The Garden of the Gods is about seven miles northwest of Lanai City along Polihua Trail. Even with a four-wheel drive vehicle to navigate the unpaved road, you should expect to travel about 45 minutes to reach the site. For more information, check out the Hawaiian Tourism Authority's website.