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Kilauea, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Walk through lava tubes, explore a trail that leads to where a lava flow has incinerated everything in its path, and learn about Kilauea, the youngest and most active shield volcano in the state. Eruptions from the volcano that started in 1983 continue today. Located inside Hawaii Volcanos National Park, the crater has many steam vents and one massive one that glows in the dark, called the caldera. The best place to see the caldera lit up at night is from the observation deck of the museum, where you can also learn more about the volcano's history. Remember to dress warmly and bring a raincoat, as it tends to rain frequently near the volcano. Plan your visit early in your trip in case you need to come back another day due to poor visibility caused by the frequently foggy conditions. Also keep in mind that accessibility to certain areas is dependent on volcanic activity. Put Kilauea into our Hawaii Volcanoes National Park tour planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
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  • This was on my bucket list....to see volcanoes and lava flow. Started at the National Park, over 62?, get a $10 pass. Will be good the rest of your life in National Parks across the US. Lava was flowi...  more »
  • Seeing Kilauea was an amazing experience. From the museum, we saw lava flowing in the caldera. Incredible day and night. We also loved hiking and driving to see the different, older lava flows. Defini...  more »
  • Take your time and try to imagine the forces that created these lava areas. Truly a unique vision. Worth the time. 
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  • hit or miss if it is a good view but nighttime I recommend seeing the glow is nifty. If you drive towards it at night from the west going east you can see the glow off and on from the road.
  • Bright red lava almost burns your eyes - looks like the earth's blood
  • It's so big!
  • An astonishing landscape
  • It is a very dangerous volcano
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