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The North Shore Scenic Drive is a 27.6 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Waialua, Oahu, Hawaii that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for road biking and scenic driving and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 27.6 mi Elevation gain 2,240 ft Route type Point to Point

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Road biking

Scenic driving

Beach

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Jason Salley
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Hiking

Very pleasant drive, but expect it to get a little slow from time to time. I was not expecting traffic in Oahu, but the speed limits along this road range anywhere from 25 mph to 45 mph, so it does slow down a bit. Just relax and enjoy the many scenic stops along the drive.

Ben (and Bentley) Winstead
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Scenic driving

Drive along North shore. Nice sightseeing

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Paul's O.
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Hiking

Peak days mean, peak traffic. Less on the southern side.

Ryan H.
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Hiking

Be prepared for lots of stop-and-go traffic as you pass tourists scampering across the road at Laniakea, Pipeline and Sunset Beach.

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Tara Buckley
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Scenic driving

The North Shore scenic drive is beautiful! Unfortunately we had island rain today, but it was perfect day to stay dry and drive the highway. Perfect places to stop and take pictures. Saw a Hawaiian Monk Seal taking a nap on the beach.

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Chris Meyer
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I went to watch Pipleline, but the surf was no good that day. Watch out for sudden high waves if you walk along the waters edge, especially in winter.

ric tinney
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Nice

Sean Wilson
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Walking

Awesome views and great shrimp trucks!

Alex Marie
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Scenic driving

Always beautiful, always jammed with traffic

June Orleander
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Scenic driving

Beautiful views. Great drive that never gets boring, no matter how many times you drive it. But traffic can be frustrating due to extreme congestion. Constructions are frequent and take forever, further slowing down the flow of traffic.

JTM Bartels
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Scenic driving

love this drive, except for the traffic - chose a good time and it will be fabulous

Bill Watson
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Scenic driving

Great drive - good day trip from Honolulu, stop at the west end to see LOST filming sites near the airport; in summer snorkel at Shark Cove and jump off the Black Rock at Waimea Bay, check out the surfing meccas in the winter - Pipeline, etc. See Turtle beach and also check out the resorts like Turtle Bay. You can easily do this again and again, lots to do! Parking near the black rock is a pain; almost best to park across the street and pay $10, help the locals. Highly recommend this drive and stops!

Shane Hawkins
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Scenic driving

Not a hike, but an absolutely stunning area to drive. Sunset at North Shore was one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen.

RM Landwirt
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Expected more

Kevin Perry
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Scenic driving
First to Review

The entire drive from Waialua to Kahana is beautiful, as is the rest of Rte 83, and most of O'ahu. The tropical scenery, mountains and ocean are views unlike anything on the mainland, and make me want to return for more. On this leg of ourtrip, we especially enjoyed Waimea Falls, Sunset Beach, and the Polynesian Cultural Center.

Tammy Clifton
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Hiking
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Martha Tessema
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Hiking
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Patrick Pyo
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OHV/Off Road Driving
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Tak Matarua
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Hiking
Patrick Pyo
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Hiking
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Seth Gray
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Scenic driving
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Jenise Aydell Hontiveros
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Hiking
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Nicole Hamre
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Hiking
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Chelsie Leverton
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Yuan Hu
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Susan Carder
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Devin Doty
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Murray Cohen
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Delisa Hargrove
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Jacob Crabb
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