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Crater Rim Drive

Address: Island of Hawaii, HI
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Kilauea Volcano Bike Tour
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Ranked #282 of 481 Activities in Island of Hawaii
Type: Scenic Drives, Sights & Landmarks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Driving
Owner description: An 11-mile scenic drive within Volcanoes National Park
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Type: Scenic Drives, Sights & Landmarks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Driving
Owner description: An 11-mile scenic drive within Volcanoes National Park
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WORCESTER
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

The drive down to the end of the road offers very impressive views of the lava fields. There are a lot of lookout stops, trails and other sites to check out. You can see a lot with one full day, but there is enough that you could spend a week here and explore everything. Stop at the visitor center to... More 

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California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

I've been here several times so scenic was sacrificed on the altar of safety. We did stop at one place where people had constructed crude altars to the goddess Pele. I did the same.

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Riverside, California, United States
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We drove the full 19 miles down Crater Rim Drive. The best parts were at the end when the volcanic rock meets the ocean. Park when you reach the end and go see the Sea Arch and walk all the way down the road until you get to where the lava rock meets the road. There you will see the... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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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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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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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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48 helpful votes 48 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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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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Cincinnati
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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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