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Kalapana

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI
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$197*
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Volcano National Park Small Group Twilight Tour
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Type: Neighborhoods, Cultural
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Vienna, Austria
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137 reviews 137 reviews
63 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Wanna experience the strength of nature? Drive the chain of crater road right to the end and check out, how the lava flows of volcano Kilauea just overran the whole street. In my opinion absolutely breathtaking like the rest of Hawaii Volcano national park!

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Mount Joy, Pennsylvania
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40 reviews 40 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We were told (perhaps misinformed) that we could view lava flows from here and that it's really cool how the lava flowed over the road. Sadly, we didn't really see anything. It's a quirky end of the road bar and party area. There's a beach walk and they have good ice cream/sorbet. Maybe we'd have fared better if we'd have... More

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Quebec
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37 reviews 37 reviews
32 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This area is pretty quiet now, only disturbed by the wind and the sea. The walk to the black sand reef is smooth, marked and safe. It no longer have the thin glass like crust that newer lava flows have and that is dangerous if you fall into it (it sliced one of my finger skin open on a recent... More

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Flemington, New Jersey
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51 reviews 51 reviews
14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

It was really interesting to see all the different ways lava hardens. You drive thru the park, you can stop and get out along the way. Really cool! We drove around and later parked and checked out everything. Would recommend! Something to see.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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53 reviews 53 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

We drove here after the tide pools. The drive is very scenic. Kalapana is a tiny little place with a couple options for food and beverage. There is an open air area with multiple stands and a bar. The bar had a sign that said "be back in 5" . The lady at the food stand across from it said... More

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Eldridge, Iowa
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119 reviews 119 reviews
51 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

This is definitely worth the drive to see the dried lava and walk out to the New Black Sand Beach to the ocean. It is not far and is a great place to walk out on the dried lava and take photos of the ocean, black sand beach and dried lava. Very scenic. There is a small store at the... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014 via mobile

Wonderful place to see the sites. Nice hiking trail, a must to do while at the park. Take a drive thru the park and see the vast land of lava and rocks. There is no other place like this.

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33 reviews 33 reviews
23 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

We saw this from the helicopter and it was amazing the couple of houses that are still there. We're happy we got to see this by helicopter. Not sure if it's a must see.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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137 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

There is a sign stopping visitors from visiting except from 3 pm - 9 pm. People did go around it, but if you can, try to go during that time since that is the appropriate time. If you walk out on it be careful, lava can cave in. It is awesome though seeing the houses in the middle of the... More

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Kalapana, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

My husband and I enjoy sharing our knowledge with visitors. He is. Geology instructor and can explain the lava flows from a scientific point of view. The fresh lava flow is inaccessible right now as it is flowing through a forest but at night visitors may be able to see the beautiful red glow. We can't stress enough how important... More

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