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Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park

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Address: Highway 50, Waimea, Kauai, HI 96766-1875
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If you need a restroom, they will have one that flushes... So there isn't much left from the forts but the view is pretty... Great as a drive by not an actual destination

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

If you need a restroom, they will have one that flushes... So there isn't much left from the forts but the view is pretty... Great as a drive by not an actual destination

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Gilroy, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

While there isn't much left after the Hawaiian military destroyed most of the fort, it's still interesting to read the story about the land and how this all came about. This is another one of the quick stops. You can drive through the area and get some great views. This trip brought on my reading the book, Kauai The Separate... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Great view of where the river flows into the ocean and handy restrooms. The fort was never finished, built for a Russian company by a German doctor who was run off the island before it was finished. One guide describes it best when it states the story is more interesting than the perimeter of stones that remains.

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Dallas, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Let's not kid ourselves - this is a pile of rubble since it was purposefully dismantled by the Hawaiians a long time ago. If you are a history buff, it is a cool place to see. Anyone else will probably not be impressed. I am interested in history, so I was glad that we stopped.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

On the way to Waimea Canyon, we stopped here. The fort has an interesting history, but it's not much to see. In 1816, a Russian agent arrived to reclaim the cargo of a wrecked ship. He and the then King of Kauai conspired to combine forces (those of Russia and Kauai) to challenge Kamehameha the Great for control of the... More 

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Oak Park, IL
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We stopped here on the way back from the Waimea canyon. We pretty much needed a place to use the restroom and stretch our legs a bit. So, it sufficed in that regard. There wasn't much to see at the location other than a sign with a historical explanation. It was fine, but far short of inspiring. It's pretty much... More 

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Flagstaff
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

There's not much to see, a few panels with the history of the fort and small grouping of rock walls that are all that's left of the fort. But you overlook the mouth of the river where Captain Cook first landed on the island, the native people thinking he was the returning God Lono, and the history that came from... More 

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La Quinta, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

They had the requisite panels of information. Nothing is marked except in a little map that's part of the panels. They admit in the panels that the Fort has not been the subject of archaeological scrutiny. So, I wondered, "Did I not understand it?" There was a road that appears to go around (somewhere?) so I took it. Everything was... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Not much to see, you can stop on the way to/from Waimea and walk around "red" soil and black sand beach.

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California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Not spectacular to look at but really important part of Hawaiian History. It would not be the same without seeing its location and the actual physicality of it. Worth a brief stop.

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