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Chain of Craters Road

Island of Hawaii, HI
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Type: Scenic Drives
Activities: Watching sunrise/sunset
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

We missed most of the good views because of the mist that enveloped the park the day of our visit. This kept us from stopping at the vistas because there was nothing to see except white and we didn't want to get wet. Holei Arch at the end of the road was underwhelming; like the petroglyphs we could have just... More

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Tacoma, Washington
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67 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Very cool drive through lots of lava fields. We stopped at a couple of the craters but not all. They seemed to be very similar. We did drive to the end. The arches is right at the end of the road and cool to see. If you want to walk the 1 mile round trip to where the lava covers... More

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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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148 reviews 148 reviews
67 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

There are lots of places to pull over and many informational boards along the route. It's very easy to see some of the smaller lava tubes left behind.

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Tucson, Arizona
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64 reviews 64 reviews
18 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

We weren't necessarily planning on taking this drive, but since it was raining the park ranger suggested we go ahead and do this and hope that the weather cleared off later for the hike we wanted to do. We're sure glad we made the drive. Even in the intermittent rain, this was an awe inspiring drive. From rain forest at... More

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Make time for the drive from the visitor's centre down to sea level on the Chain of Craters road it is worth the time. The changing landscapes, amazing views and walking on the lava where it crosses the road is unforgettable.

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Calgary, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

Really enjoyed this drive and several of the short walks. Set aside 3+ hours and drive down to the coast. So many fascinating things to see from massive areas covered in old lava to odd looking lava trees. Stop at the Visitors Centre and get the map. The lava isn't currently flowing in this area.

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Dacula, Georgia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
31 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

A long, winding road that descends the steep cliffs of Kilauea. The drive is gorgeous as you descend from lush forest to a landscape dominated by lava flows and ocean currents. The road ends near a point where a lava flow from Pu'u 'O'o closed the road. Where else can you see where the island is "growing"?

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Thunder Bay, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

We really enjoyed this drive. We didn't stop at many of the craters at the beginning of the road but really took our time during the second half of the road as the views while you descend down to the coastal area are really awesome. Lots of places to go for a short hike. The end of the road was... More

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Canada
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58 reviews 58 reviews
30 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

This is a must do drive. The land has many changes as you travel the road to the ocean. You must give yourself time so you can stop and take in all the amazing scenery. There are craters to look down into, or if you have the time to hike down into and walk across visiting steam vents along the... More

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Marlton, New Jersey
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203 attraction reviews
404 helpful votes 404 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

was on this drive 4 times before the lava closed off a large chunk of it. It was definitely more scenic then but it is still a beautiful road. You start first going by dormant volcano craters and lava flows. Where do you think they got the name chain of craters road?!! If you see one of them, that is... More

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