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Address: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI
Phone Number: 808-985-6000
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Active volcano built on the southeastern slope of Mauna Loa features a...

Active volcano built on the southeastern slope of Mauna Loa features a caldera approximately 4 by 3.2 kilometers wide and walls from zero to 120 meters high.

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Moonwalk

We felt we are walking on the Moon, wow, what a landscape! Drive up to the Jagger museum first, then take an awesome view and then drive back and stop as many times as you want... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Phoenix, Arizona
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41 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We felt we are walking on the Moon, wow, what a landscape! Drive up to the Jagger museum first, then take an awesome view and then drive back and stop as many times as you want (check Steam vents and Sulphur banks). Drive down on Chain of craters road, walk thru on Thurston lava tube and go hike the Kilauea... More 

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Oregon Coast, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

You can see the smoke/steam coming out of the crater at the top, or you can view active red hot lava via lava boats, helicopter tours, or even hike/bike to an active lava flow!

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

You must visit if you are on the Big Island, it is an awesome sight and experience that you will never forget, there are other great sites to go in the Volconaoes National Park. It is a great place for both young and old.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Do visit all areas of the park for their unique offerings. Check in at the visitor center as they really do advise as to the best of the place. The beauty and connection felt to the early Earth is the gift of this National Park.

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Santa Clara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Being able to (relatively) easily hike to flowing lava is an amazing event. With the recent movement of 61G taking the flow towards(and after I left) over the Emergency Road, the lava viewing was accessible for so many people.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Most interesting drive I've ever taken! Be sure to allocate enough time to stop as many times as you want - so many awesome things to see and photo ops! Also, be sure to bring LOTS of water as it gets hot!

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Dawsonville, GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited in late 70's - before the Eruption of Kilauea. Then again, in December 1985... after, and it was amazing how the very roads we'd taken in first visit were completely covered in lava! Nature's Power is indeed awesome! Caution, it can be CHILLY up at the Volcano.

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Darien, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The lava field are amazing. They get hot though so bring water. We did walk all the way out to see lava....about 10 miles round trip. It was agressive. I am not sure I would do it again.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

How many of you can say you actually SAW lava? We can - we saw it first at Kilauea, and it was awesome. When you look into the crater and see the lava flying into the air on occasion, it kind of highlights why the park service doesn't allow people to walk into close proximity to this bubbling cauldron of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Yesterday we drove along the Chain of craters road to the 'Holei sea arch' as far as you can go in a car. There are toilets and roadside parking. You will need plenty of water, comfortable hiking/walking footwear, a light/torch and some snacks. We arrived at 18:40 and set of walking to see the lava flow, sunset was at 19:20.... More 

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