Jon Manuel

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Put this incredible national park experience on your bucket list NOW!

It requires an early morning wake up, but it's sooooooo worth it!

I disappeared to Maui last week with my little family, and we decided to do something I've always wanted to do... Watch the sunrise from the top of Haleakala crater; an old volcano that rises more than 10,000 feet above sea level.

Yes, our alarms were set for 3:30am. It took about 90 minutes to drive from our hotel in Kaanapali to the main entrance of the national park, which you need to have a reservation to enter before 7am (I got ours 48 hours ahead of time). And, yes... It's cold! 45 degrees or so when we arrived... which for whatever reason seems a whole lot colder when you're in Hawaii.

But... From atop Haleakala you can see stars super-well, which means you're treated to an amazing site as you're waiting for the sun to rise:

Because Haleakala is in the middle of an island, you're pretty much guaranteed to have a layer of clouds underneath you that the sun appears to rise on top of!

Pictures will never do the spectacle justice... but I'll try to entice you to make the trip there in person with these pics:

Just remember to bundle up because - as previously stated - it's CHILLY!

My wife, Jenni, borrowed an extra blanket from the hotel:

Here's hoping you're able to make it there some day.


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