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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
95%
Type: Scenic drives, Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Watching sunrise/sunset
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Type: Scenic drives, Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Watching sunrise/sunset
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English first
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155 reviews 155 reviews
28 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

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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135 reviews 135 reviews
89 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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357 reviews 357 reviews
251 attraction reviews
217 helpful votes 217 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
56 helpful votes 56 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
13 helpful votes 13 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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139 reviews 139 reviews
69 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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399 reviews 399 reviews
169 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 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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138 reviews 138 reviews
71 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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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126 reviews 126 reviews
87 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 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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