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Oahu's attractions run from urban delights like the Honolulu Academy of Art and Iolani Palace, the former royal residence, to natural wonders like the Hanauma Bay reefs, sandy beaches, and world-class surfing waves on the North Shore. Oahu is quite compact—most noticeably at rush hour on the freeway—which means that in one day, you could easily hit the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center in Waikiki, the Pearl Harbor memorial, and the North Shore for a dip and sunset dinner at Turtle Bay Resort's Ola. It also means that escaping Honolulu's urban thrum is as simple as getting on Highway 72 and driving the long way around the island to deserted beaches in Laie and Kahuku.

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Surfing on Oahu

If Hawaii is the birthplace of surfing, then Oahu is its capital. The North Shore is famous worldwide for the much-photographed, super-advanced break known as...more

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Shangri La Doris Duke Estate, Honolulu

Though many rich and famous types have made Hawaii their hideaway, few of them have opened their spectacular compounds to the public. Fortunately, gawkers can...more

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Iolani Palace, Honolulu

King David Kalakaua built this palace in 1882, as a symbol to the world that Hawaiian royalty was as grand as any in Europe. Only two Hawaiian royals ever lived...more

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Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu

This very centrally located museum has more than 50,000 works of art, including pieces from such masters as Picasso, Gauguin, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Rauschenberg,...more

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Hiking on Oahu

Although Oahu is heavily populated (it has 800,000 people, or 80 percent of the state population), much of it is still undeveloped, lovely, and crisscrossed by...more

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Diving + Snorkeling on Oahu

The diving isn't as spectacular around Oahu as it is off Hawaii's outer islands (the deep water isn't quite as clear here). But there are some terrific...more

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Contemporary Museum, Honolulu

Hidden away in the tony suburb of Makiki, the Contemporary has an impressive collection of lesser-known works by modern-art masters. There are paintings by Andy...more

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Beaches on Oahu

The most famous beach on Oahu (and possibly in the world), Honolulu's Waikiki Beach lives up to the hype. Though the sections in front of major hotels can get...more

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