Maui Ranked Among Best Places to Visit in US Maui was ranked among best places to visit in the USA on a list compiled by US News and World Report. The publication highlighted Maui’s idyllic beaches, parks and East Maui’s Kaihalulu sands and Road to Hana, calling Maui “escapism at its finest.” Maui was ranked number four behind first-place New York City, 2nd place Philadelphia, and third place Honolulu. San Francisco rounded out the top five. Other Hawaiʻi locations making the list were Kauaʻi at #11 and the Big Island of Hawaiʻi at #12. The complete list of locations named on the Best USA Vacations list were: #1 New York City; #2 Philadelphia; #3 Honolulu; #4 Maui; #5 San Francisco; #6 Grand Canyon; #7 Sonoma; #8 Washington D.C.; #9 New Orleans; #10 San Diego; #11 Kauaʻi; #12 Big Island of Hawaiʻi; #13 Breckenridge; #14 Boston; #15 Miami; #16 Los Angeles; #17 Chaleston; #18 Yosemite; #19 Seattle; #20 Asheville; #21 Park City; #22 Denver; #23 Savannah; #24 Big Sur; and #25 Yellowstone. US News analyzed more than 300 destinations for its Best Vacation Rankings, using a methodology that combines travelers’ opinions with expert and editor analysis. Each destination was scored in 10 categories, from sights, culture, and food to nightlife, adventure, and romance. US News & World Report also released lists today for the World’s Best Places to Visit as well as region-specific lists and the Best Places to Visit in the Caribbean as well as the Best Small Towns in the USA and the Best National Parks in the USA. Wendy Osher The publication highlighted Maui's idyllic beaches, parks and East Maui's Kaihalulu sands and Road to Hana, calling Maui "escapism at its finest."
1. ISLAND ROOTS Maui Brewing Co. aircraft its Island Root Beer with organic cane sugar, local honey, and Hawaiian vanilla. 4-pack is $10. The pale-gold Bikini Blonde Lager has a sweet caramel malt aroma and a crisp, clean flavor. $10/4- or 6-pack. At Maui Brewing Co ., 605 Lipoa Parkway, Kihei, 213-3002; or visit MauiBrewingCo.com. 2. POP STAR Shaka Pops gourmet ice toppings reflect the saviors of the Islands, with the freshest local render and parts. Seem for flavors like strawberry banana( demonstrated ), Lava Flow, POG( pineapple-orange-guava ), pineapple ginger, coconut lime and more.$ 4 each. Visit ShakaPopsMaui.com for retailers and mobile locations. 3. BAR EXCELLENCE bRAW's superfood saloons are made without refined sugar, chemicals or preservatives. They come in four yummy flavors: coconut macadamia, almond crunch, chocolate espresso and super green. $42/ container often online. For retail locations, visit BRawBar.com. 4. HOT SPLASH HI SPICE builds its tropical hot sauces here on Maui, using fresh ingredients from local farms.$ 7- $10/5 -oz. bottles. Visit HiSpice.com to order and find retailers around the island. 5. GO NUTS Maui Raw's Mac Nosh is a deliciously healthy alternative to chips; it's made from a combination of fresh, dehydrated vegetables, organic seeds and macadamia nuts. Starts at $5/5 -oz purse. Slather with Maui Raw's decadent cultured-macadamia-nut spreads in flavors like Pineapple Pepp'ah, Fig'n Curry, and Chive'n the Lavender. From $6/6 -oz tub. Visit MauiRaw.com for where to buy. 6. HAVE A BLAST Donut Dynamite turns brioche dough into mouthwatering treats like this chocolate donut with vanilla bean glaze and homemade candy sprinkles.$ 4 each /$ 33 dozen at 1246 Lower Main Street, Wailuku, 280-6442. Ordering for next-day pickup at DonutDynamite.com.