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Address: Island of Hawaii, HI
Activities: Watching sunrise/sunset
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Nature On Display

Take the time to make this drive. You can not do it quickly. You have to a lot enough time to stop, take photos and take in the sights. This is an awesome display that nature... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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Vancouver, Washington
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Vancouver, Washington
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163 reviews 163 reviews
80 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Take the time to make this drive. You can not do it quickly. You have to a lot enough time to stop, take photos and take in the sights. This is an awesome display that nature puts on. I was in awe to see lava on both sides of the road. It made me really appreciate the full force of... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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119 reviews 119 reviews
48 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Really you must not miss this! words can not properly explain what its like to see the hardened lava flow over the roads and cascading down the hills above you.

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Portland, Oregon
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61 reviews 61 reviews
16 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

We have traveled the chain of craters road probably 20 times. Because of last summers lava flow some of the road is changed, or still under construction. You can still see amazing areas. If you have breathing issues check the VOG prior to going up there. The visitors center and turnouts with views are still amazing. But I would check... More 

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Chicago
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Though a relatively short drive distance wise, it took us about half a day to make it down. We stopped frequently to see the craters and lava formations. We also did the mile hike out to the Pu'u Loa petroglyphs which are definitely worth the walk! But the best part was ending at the Holei sea arch and seeing the... More 

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159 reviews 159 reviews
29 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Presently not as good as it was thru 2013 BUT Mayor BillyK just suggested it'll get paved soon The lava undulations that cover the old CofC Road were plowed & leveled & graded in Oct-Dec 2014 Initial goal of this reconstruction was for the potentially lava locked population of lower Puna BUT to date the lava has not crossed Rt130... More 

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Park City, Utah
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

The road from the main Kilauea Caldera to the ocean is amazing! Stop along the way and check out the overlooks. Do Not Miss the Petroglyphs. Thousands of rock art with great descriptive signs. At the bottom, watch for the sea archs but don't get too close to the edge. Rescue is expensive and slow.

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Winchester, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

It is worth the long drive to the end. Lots of areas to view along the way. Unfortunetely, the road at the end is closed so you cant get to the end of it but the stop where they turn you around is a nice area to park and get out and walk down to the ocean.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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86 reviews 86 reviews
63 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The road is about 15 miles and doesn't take long to get to the end. The views are worth the drive even if you don't get out of the car, so you could just drive there and back if you're short on time. Some of the stops are better than others - like the Holei Sea Arch, the petroglyphs, and... More 

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The Woodlands, Texas
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53 reviews 53 reviews
28 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

We took the road to the see and wow. I was glad we brought warm clothes. The wind was brutal but worth getting out of the car to take pictures. There is a potty at the end of the road just in case. Very scenic.

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Pebble Beach, California
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

We loved this drive... maybe loved it more than all the other amazing sights in the park including the caldera. One thing to mention is that the very very end of the road is temporarily closed and you can't walk further than the Holei Sea Arch/snack shack/bathrooms. Normally you can park there and walk down the road to see where... More 

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