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Chain of Craters Road

Address: Island of Hawaii, HI
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$82*
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Big Island Hawaii Volcano Adventure
94%
Ranked #133 of 481 Activities in Island of Hawaii
Type: Scenic Drives, Sights & Landmarks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Watching sunrise/sunset
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Type: Scenic Drives, Sights & Landmarks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Watching sunrise/sunset
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Winchester, Virginia
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356 reviews 356 reviews
250 attraction reviews
209 helpful votes 209 helpful votes
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
53 helpful votes 53 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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46 reviews 46 reviews
25 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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Indio, California, United States
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131 reviews 131 reviews
66 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Chain of Craters drive is easy to miss (no sign when entering the Volcano Nat. Park)! It's just a few feet past the entry gate on the left. Very cool terrain with many places to see and hike thru various lava flows from the past... Very large "flow" area with amazing views of the ocean below and in the distance,... More 

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WORCESTER
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397 reviews 397 reviews
169 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

This road offers so many beautiful sites and stops along the way. Start by getting a map at the visitor center and then pick and choose the places you want to see and the stops you want to make. I would suggest if you go to the end, and walk out to where the road is closed to take a... More 

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Stamford CT
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125 reviews 125 reviews
63 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Go early and avoid the crowds. We lucked out with a perfectly clear day, although it became increasingly warm as we descended to sea level. We stopped and walked at all the lookout points, and hiked to see the petroglyphs as well. Fascinating and totally worthwhile.

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Canton of Fribourg, Switzerland
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114 reviews 114 reviews
78 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Highlights for me were the Mau Loa o Mauna Ulu lava fields (visible from the road), the Holei Sea Arch at the end of the road, and walking out to see the place where the lava has flowed over the road, which you can't drive to because the road is blocked off. From where you park at the sea arch,... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Give yourself plenty of time for this because there are many craters and sights along the way. Take 2 days if needed. 1 for the lava lake and lava tube. One for cruising the lava fields. If you love seeing the awes of natures, then this is for you. See history solidified over roads that were once used on the... More 

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

This drive down to the coast is a must do while in the volcanic national park. Make time for this. Ideally give yourself 2 hours plus. Enjoy the drive. There are lots of photo ops along the route. Stop to see the craters & walk the lava fields. Enjoy the amazing patterns made by soldified lava in the Lava fields.... More 

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