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Crater Rim Drive

Island of Hawaii, HI
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Ranked #165 of 247 Attractions in Island of Hawaii
Type: Scenic Drives
Activities: Driving
Description: An 11-mile scenic drive within Volcanoes National Park
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Newcastle, Australia
19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

The geology is really interesting and saw some amazing landscapes of lava flows from several years ago. No present flows could be seen at the time we were there but if you go into the evening you may see the crater start to glow. Very changeable weather there so you will need a jacket.

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Mililani, Hawaii
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We were expecting to drive the entire rim of the crater, but were surprised when our tour ended at the Jagger Museum. Not all a loss, though, because we saw a gorgeous view of the crater, and were able to go to the Thurston Lava Tube.

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Tavernier, Florida
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223 reviews 223 reviews
96 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

But the view at the end is definitely worth it. It was amazing to see the wrath of the lava flows on this 26 mile road to the end at the ocean. There is facilities there and a vendor for drinks and snacks. But the view is amazing

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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70 reviews 70 reviews
22 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

We really did not know what to expect here. We had never been to an active volcano. The steam fields were amazing to see and a short hike up to the bluffs revealed it even more. You can stand there and feel the heat not only from the steam spots but from the volcano itself. It is awe inspiring. We... More

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Sudbury, Massachusetts
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62 reviews 62 reviews
54 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

The Crater Rim drive at HNVP is a must do. Again- if you are doing HNVP- you really need at LEAST 2 days to do all the major sites. The Crater Rim drive is easy to get to - just follow the well marked signs. Along the way you will pass many craters from earlier eruptions- there are pull outs... More

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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

If you have just 24 hours to spend in the fabulous Volcano National Park, this is the place to start. Upon entering the park from Hwy.11, stop at the Kilauea Visitor Center for info from rangers and park volunteers, to see (or purchase) trail maps and souvenirs, or to use a clean restroom. If you make just a quick stop,... More

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