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Address: Island of Hawaii, HI
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An 11-mile scenic drive within Volcanoes National Park

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Interesting drive

The drive round the rim has a number of places where you can stop and look at the view. the are often pools of steam and smoke venting from holes in the ground. A very interesting... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The drive round the rim has a number of places where you can stop and look at the view. the are often pools of steam and smoke venting from holes in the ground. A very interesting place.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2016 via mobile

The crater rim drive exists inside the volcano national park, so will require park admission. The drive itself is very nice. You will drive through several different environments including forest, prior lava flow, craters, seaside. There are several different places to stop along the way. Each offering a closer look at some of the sites.

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Rhinebeck, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2016

Ordinarily a really long ride round the park, part of the road (past Jagger Museum) is closed and has been for a long time due to a buildup of noxious gases. You can access other sections of the road as they remain open. Drive slowly as there are many places to stop and see things you will never find in... More 

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Duluth, Minnesota, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016

If you go in the evening, you can see the glow of the lava in the pit. I wish that we could all get closer to the lava, though. You see the smoke but not the actual lava!

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Tallahassee, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

Until you see (in person) how much devastation an eruption can cause, you can't really appreciate the violence or the magnitude of such an event. We walked and drove around for hours. The crater is still smoldering. If you walk down to the floor of the crater, you can still feel the warmth when you place your hand on the... More 

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Gorham, New Hampshire, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

If driving is your thing and hiking seems daunting, then definitely take time driving this. We drove it but only out of necessity to get to various trail heads. Part of the drive is still closed due to poor air quality given the current lava eruption happening in the caldera. If you're pressed for time, it definitely provides quick access... More 

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Fareham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

this road is good for getting to kalapana and other trail heads including Thurston lava tube if your walking be careful there are no pavement and lots of tour buses go down it so watch out keep well in the road

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Littleton, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

To truly understand the magnitude of past lava flows its worth the drive down to see the arch. We found the drive back up better than the drive down as the sun was setting and the view of the green vs. more recent lava flows ( 1970s and early 80's) was stunning.

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Orange City, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

This is an incredibly scenic drive that my husband and I did while on our honeymoon. We loved stopping to see all of the lava fields. Our favorite spot was the very last stop on the road, the sea arch. It is absolutely incredible and is a must see! We recommend doing this drive one day and the other road... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

The drive down to the end of the road offers very impressive views of the lava fields. There are a lot of lookout stops, trails and other sites to check out. You can see a lot with one full day, but there is enough that you could spend a week here and explore everything. Stop at the visitor center to... More 

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