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Address: Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Description: At 13,796 feet, this peak offers an incredible view of lava, desert, the...
At 13,796 feet, this peak offers an incredible view of lava, desert, the valley and Mauna Loa.
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There are already so many detailed reviews, so I will try to make it short. 1. It is amazing that within 1.5 hours you can drive from the sea level and tropical forest to 4200m... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
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Villach, Austria
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Villach, Austria
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85 reviews 85 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

There are already so many detailed reviews, so I will try to make it short. 1. It is amazing that within 1.5 hours you can drive from the sea level and tropical forest to 4200m altitude and lunar landscape! 2. Check weather forecast! 3. Think when you really want at the summit - I wanted to go there for the... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

This May, we visited the Island of Hawaii as part of our 8 day Hawaiian trip. In our initial planning, we had left out the visit to the summit of Mauna Kea (Mauna a Wakea in Hawaiian) because of my concern about the night drive from the summit of Mauna Kea back down to the visitor center on a dangerous... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

It was quite a hike to get out here and then another 20 minutes straight up by car, but it was worth the view. We went during the day, apparently the real magic happens after the sun goes down. We had a great time though and snapped some amazing photos. Make sure you take your time ascending though. We took... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Worth the long drive from Kona! Be sure to bring warm colthes as it get's pretty darn cold at the top. They sell warm drinks for a small fee. Plan your trip accordingly as you will want to see the sunset. Then head down to the observatory to look at starts out of telescopes (free of charge) thanks to some... More 

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Richland, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

The night sky is absolutely beautiful. It will be cold, so go prepared. The tours typically also include a session with high powered telescopes. Well worth the trip

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

we went to the visitor info center just after 6. the telescope set up was great. I saw saturns ring, Jupiter and the close up of the moons crater was awesome. highly recommend doing this on your visit to the big island

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Houston, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

After a long drive up the mountain, we were treated to beautiful clear skies for stargazing. Several viewing stations were set up but overall it was crowded and not too organized (as compared to our experience in Mcdonald Observatory in Alpine TX). Nevertheless a fun atmosphere and well worth it even for the amateur astronomers. Definitely bring extra clothing. Jackets... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Unbelievable experience, it was breath taking, no words can describe how me and my wife felt. We heard thunder like sounds and it was raining, our tour guide told us it was falling rocks into the crater. Frightening!!

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Auburn, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

This is one of the most unbelievable experience that you will ever have in your life. I lived on the Big Island for a year and sometimes I would do this twice a week. It makes you feel closer to God than any other thing in the world. the most incredible views! You could check out my pictures if you... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Probably the most beautiful sunset we saw in a while. Bring layers - it gets chilly up high. Make sure you turn your headlights when driving in the dark - common sense is not so common anymore.

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