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Kilauea

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Volcanos, Outdoors
Activities: Group tours/helicopter tour, Hiking
Owner description: Active volcano built on the southeastern slope of Mauna Loa features a caldera approximately 4 by...
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Type: National Parks, Volcanos, Outdoors
Activities: Group tours/helicopter tour, Hiking
Owner description: Active volcano built on the southeastern slope of Mauna Loa features a caldera approximately 4 by 3.2 kilometers wide and walls from zero to 120 meters high.

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Doha, Qatar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

Take hikes during daylight hours and go see the active caldera after dark. It is often misty and cool, so dress appropriately. It looks like a great attraction for the kids too.

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washington state
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Where can you go and have such a view of a volcano and the lava it has spewed for so many years? Don't miss this place if you visit the big island, there's lots to learn but bring your rain jacket and real shoes for hiking for the best experience.

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Scotland, Canada
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

What can you say about one of the most famous areas of the world. Take your camera it is definitely a must see

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Seattle, Washington
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

What a rare opportunity to see geologic history in the making. The Jagger museum set back from Halema'uma'u which is currently active, is fabulous, and the many trails in and around the park are interesting. Take a hike down Kilauea Iki to see the changes the have occurred since that eruption. Its amazing. The US Park service has done a... More 

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Kigali, Rwanda
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

We love the National parks and this one does not disappoint!. If you are on the big Island don't miss this attraction. Stay on the Hilo side for at least a night so you don't have to drive back to Kona in the dark. Go early take the hikes and see the steam vents, walk across a lava field and... More 

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Kent, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Tour companies help if you are unaware of the details here. Best spots to hike- lava tubes, twilight viewing, stars and stories... all yours for the adventure if you are ready. See this and be open to the depth and complexity of creating an island.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

On our day tour of the island of Hawaii the highlight was certainly the Kilauea crater. In spite of rain it was one amazing experience to stand on the rim of the world's largest and most active volcano, even if we could only see the smoke and steam. Sadly we didn't have time to stay for the evening to see... More 

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Sunnyvale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Go to Jaggar Museum after dusk sets in.. you will see the red glow from Halemaumau crater that will remember all throughout your life..

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Hudson, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

With the lava lake open in the bottom of the crater yu can't drive (or hike) all the way around (which is a bummer) but it is more "exciting" with the glow (come back after dark, and dinner at Thai Thai restaurant). The sulfur banks are cool, as are the ground cracks etc as you drive the half way around... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

This was a wonderful site to see. Kilauea is very much active. The red glow in the sky at night was absolutely breathtaking. My mother and I were lucky enough to catch some activity in the late evening. The smell of the ash was intoxicating. What a lovely display of how truly alive our earth is!

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