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Maui in the Raw

One of the scenic highlights of the Hawaiian archipelago, Haleakala Crater marks the austere, yawning mouth of Maui's dominant shield volcano. Centerpiece of Haleakala National Park, the crater--probably formed by headwall erosion rather than volcanic activity--comes peppered with cinder cones and penetrated by trails that take hikers deep into wild Maui backcountry.

The summit of Haleakala is probably best known as a sunrise vantage: Taking in the daybreak show (which Mark Twain called "the sublimest spectacle I ever witnessed") is popular enough that the National Park Service now requires reservations for accessing the mountaintop between 3 AM and 7 AM. Still most definitely worth it.

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