Take the falls
Though New Hampshire and Maui may seem worlds apart, achieving that Hawaiian vibe is right in your own backyard (minus the tropical temperatures, that is) when you view a rushing waterfall. Our vote goes to Arethusa Falls - said to be named for the poem "Arethusa" by Percy Bysshe Shelley - in White Mountain National Forest. A moderate hike from the parking lot up the roughly 1-mile (one-way) trail leads to this overlook where Bemis Brook cascades nearly 160 feet into a pool below. Make a day of it by packing a lunch to eat on the boulders by the water's edge. Route 302, Crawford Notch, N.H., www.nhstateparks.com/waterfalls.html.