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Maui’s Best Upcountry Attractions

There are so many amazing things to do on Maui, it’s tough to know where to start. Most visitor’s don’t realize the wonderful Maui’s Top Free and Inexpensive Attractions available to them.

Many locals are enthusiastic about sharing our love of the island and some of the things that are a bit more off the “beaten path”. Here are a few you may enjoy as a couple, family, group or individual.

Most have a nominal entry fee, inexpensive tours and even local products. ALL are a side of Maui many visitor’s never see and sure to please!

Let’s keep it simple and start with the some favorite top attractions on Maui that are close to each other. You can do multiple things in a day easily, with more to come.

1 – Haleakala Crater: This is literally translated into English as ” House of the Sun” and an absolute MUST. If not planning a guided tour with one of the great services, get up early, plan a day of it and get on the road … it’s worth it!

After seeing the sunrise, there are ample hiking trails to keep you busy. Make sure to stop by one of the visitor’s Centers to learn some of the history and mythology if you don’t have a guide.

2 – Surfing Goat Dairy: This sweet Hawaii dairy farm is located in lower Kula, on the slopes of Haleakala. They have been producing award winning “Maui Gourmet Goat Cheeses” for over 9 years (I first encountered them at a local farmer’s market). Join them for a tour and stay for the goodies! As they say locally … “Da’ Feta Mo’ Betta!”

3 – Ali’i Lavendar Farm:  There is always something to do at this beautiful locale! Whether you join in on activities, classes, tours or simply explore the farm on your own. It’s a beautiful place to share with special family and friends! Don’t miss the offerings in the store … indulgent foods, decadent body products, pet items and so many more of these items, I won’t try to list them here. I’ll let you enjoy discovering them for yourself!

4 – Ulupalakua Ranch and Store:  The heart of Ulupalakua Ranch sits on the leeward slopes of Haleakala at an elevation of slightly under 2,000 feet.  Arguably one of Maui’s most breath-taking drives, you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the Southern shores of Maui as well as neighbor islands while traversing pastures where cattle and horses graze and the impressive Jacaranda bloom. Make sure you get to the ranch’s General Store … this working cattle ranch is serving up the freshest beef to be had and the burgers are divine! Watch your time, however, as the grill keeps limited hours.

5 – Tedeschi Winery at Ulupalakua Ranch:  When you think of Maui, you’re probably thinking of beaches, swaying palms and tropical breezes. Do yourself the favor of exploring our Upcountry regions … quite spectacular! The scenic drive up the slopes of dormant Haleakala Volcano lends itself to the experience of this historic area.

Take your time on the rambling road and enjoy the views. You’ll know you’ve reached Ulupalakua when you see the huge, 100-year-old trees lining the roadway. The canopyof leaves lends an air of serenity as you drive into the tiny town.

There at the heart of Ulupalakua is Maui’s Winery, on the historic grounds of Rose Ranch where King Kalakaua came to relax. Stroll the grounds and enjoy the abundant flowers blooming in the original flowerbeds, lush green lawns and low, stone buildings.

Make sure to visit the shop for local crafts and the tasting room … they pack and ship!

These are some of the very best of the things you might not expect to find when visiting Hawai’i and are certainly some of best parts of Maui. Dress in layers, wear comfortable walking shoes, grab your camera and hit the road and most of all, ENJOY!


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