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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kaui, Hawaii

Hwy 11, Kaui, Hawaii

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Albuquerque, New Mexico

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  • Visited: 2012-07-01
  • Submitted: 2013-03-19 20:15:17.0
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Go at the end of the day but leave enough time to hike and end at the Visitors center and dusk to watch the glow of the lava as the sun goes down. Great museum in the Visitors center.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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  • Visited: 2007-09-01
  • Submitted: 2012-08-25 14:13:57.0
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Must see and do!... nothing else on earth like this!

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*Book a tour for an experience through the rainforest and to walk on the surface. *Do not take any piece of the volcano home! Peli will cast a spell of bad luck on you (check out the outside the gift shop where people mailed pieces of the volcano that they took home back because of all the bad luck they encountered after taking it!). *Wear comfortable hiking shoes.

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Submitted by: Pegeen B.

Fantastic park - volcanos, hiking, petroglyphs, stars.  We were able to go on a helicopter tour and see lava, then visit at night to see the glow of lava in the crater in the caldera, hike to the M...

Submitted by: Michelle D.

What's not to love about Volcanoes National Park?? So sometimes there are lava flows and most of the time there are not. There weren't any when I went, but I wasn't expecting it and I still really enjoyed my visit. This is a big park and one that is not as full of tourists as you might expect - even though it should be! You drive a ways depending upon if you are coming from the Kona side or a shorter distance if you're staying over in Hilo. Either way you cut it, get in the car and make the drive....you will get to look out over a freaking active smoking volcano! That's kind of a once in a lifetime deal, so just do it. You have to pay the national park entry fee, but it is well worth it. In fact, if you're g...

Submitted by: Jeremy G.

Maybe I didn't go to the right places; or maybe it was the anticipation of seeing some lava; somehow, I was simply underwhelmed by it all. (It probably didn't help that my parents kept raving about what they saw thirty years ago - almost none of which still exists today, due to the changing landscape.) Like any National Park, the more time and effort you put into seeing it, the more you will get out of it. And that's something my family didn't do with this place. But I would feel silly not to give such a wonder of nature at least four stars. Thoughts: The views are often interesting, but the lighting conditions play a huge factor in determining how "pretty" the scenery appears. Often, it felt like being on t...

Submitted by: Sharon P.

We drove over 3 hours from waikoloa area to here, we only have couple hours to spend at the park. I was surprised how accessible it is not just for adults but also for kids. We drove to the Jaggar Museum, to the Lava tube, th...

Submitted by: Dawn E.

Go to the park during the day: This way you can explore the rain forest, the lava tube, see the steam and sulfur vents, check out the visitor centers and watch the steam and sulfur rise from the crater. Also, this is when you make your camera happy. Take lots of photos. Go to the park at night: Because the glow of the crater is AWE inspiring. And kind of scary. Especially if it does something different. So here were are at the top of this volcano in the dark and my friend, who lives in Mountain View (which is really nearby) goes "ghee, it was glowing more last time were were here..." So we're sitting there, watching the steam and sulfur rise over the faint red glow when all of a sudden... RUMBLE. Like, itty ...

Submitted by: Hannah H.

The must-see destination for the Big Island. Want to see Nature letting out some steam? Like to walk on land younger than you (yes YOU!) are? You can't beat Volcanoes National Park. Ten dollars will get you all-day access to the open areas of the park. I definitely recommend Jagger Outlook to get your first look at the current active volcano, and the Thurston Lava Tube for nifty darkness. My friend and I didn't get a change to walk the Kilauea Iki trail, but we will definitely hike it when we get a chance. Be sure to start your adventuring early. You'll need at least one whole day, a full gas tank, sunscreen and hats, and plenty of food and watter for the park. Two days is best. If there's one caveat to the ...

Submitted by: Candace C.

Isn't this why most people come to the Big Island?  The Jagger Museum is awesome--it's great for adults and kids alike.  We learned about the different types of lava and about the terrain of the island.  The rangers advised us to check out the museum during the day and come back  later at night to see the crater glow bright red and see stars that are invisible in most big cities because of night lights.  This was the best piece of advise!  if you decide to do this--be sure to bring a jacket because it gets really cold at night--even in the summer.  We also checked out the lava tube, which was cool--make sure to bring a headlamp or very strong flash light if you want to go in the unlit tube on your own...it's...

Submitted by: Kristine D.

This is the most amazing park I've ever visited.  From the Chain of Craters Road to the Thurston Lava Tube, this park helped put a lot of context around nature's development of the Big Island.  The topography of the park can change in just a few minutes too.  Lush and green at one site,  the terrain could suddenly be a mix of black and gray the next.   It was also amazing to see volcanic activity in action.  My husband and I went back to the park to see the lava flow at night.  You can pick up the "trail" to the live lava flow at the end of the Chain of Craters Road, where you'll see hardened lava crossing the road.  Just follow the yellow markers.  The trails are rocky --- be sure to wear decent walking sho...

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