The Non-Contiguous United States includes the states of Alaska and Hawaii which are separated from the remaining 48 states. While both states have some unreal scenery that cannot be seen anywhere else in the country I have narrowed down my favorites. I hope to return at some point to see more of these beautiful places in the future. At the bottom of the page are links to all my photos from Alaska and Hawaii.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park encompasses active volcanoes on the southeast side of the Big Island. Kileuea has been erupting since 1983 and gas can be seen coming from the summit caldera at multiple points in the park. Other highlights include the Thurston Lava Tube and the Chain of Craters road which goes by lava flow from past eruptions and ends with a fantastic view of the Pacific Ocean.
Most of the park is currently closed due to seismic activity at the summit of Kileuea. Check with the National Park Service for updates.
Honolulu is the capitol and largest city in the state of Hawaii. Besides numberous water related activities, popular attractions include Lolani Palace, Diamond Head, and Pearl Harbor. While Waikiki Beach is very popular, head to the North or East shore of Oahu for nicer and less crowded beaches.
Northern Lights, Alaska
The northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis, are solar flares that are generally only visible from the most northern places on earth. It is such a spectacular sight that words, or even pictures, cannot do justice. Fairbanks, Alaska is a great place to go witness this phenomenon.