POSTED: 7:36 a.m. HST, Jul 23, 2012
The island of Kauai is No. 2 in the world for best beaches, according to U.S. News Travel, by U.S News & World Report.
Second to Bali, Kauai was followed by the Seychelles, in the Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar.
Kauai and Maui, respectively, are the Nos. 1 and 2 Best Honeymoon Destinations, ahead of Florence, Italy.
Maui was ranked the No. 3 Best Summer Vacation destination, behind Nice, France, and Mykonos, Greece.
Kauai is the third-best winter vacation destination, behind Puerto Vallarta and Playa del Carmen, Mexico; but offers the second-best hiking trips in No. America according to the magazine listing, http://travel.usnews.com/Rankings/ which considers input from travel experts and consumers in its methodology.
No Hawaii destination is among the top three U.S. vacations, listed in order as Yellowstone National Park; New York City and Wash., D.C., but the islands of Hawaii are ranked on more lists the magazine breaks out into six categories, each with several sub-categories.