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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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Things to do: nature, trails, sightseeing
Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action. The park includes two active volcanoes: Kīlauea, which spews lava frequently, and Mauna Loa, the world's largest subaerial volcano. Taking into account the portion beneath the sea, Mauna Loa actually has a vertical difference of 17,000 m (56,000 ft). A 17.7 km (11 mi) road encircles the summit caldera of Kīlauea, providing plenty of glimpses of volcanic activity below. Most visitors head to the Halema'uma'u Crater on Kīlauea to view eruptions, and the Pu'u 'Ō'ō vent to the east serves as a second eruption-gazing spot. Some 240 km (150 mi) of hiking trails crisscross the park, and visitors can also pedal their way around on bikes. The park includes seven ecological zones stretching from sea level up to the 4,170 m (13, 677 ft) summit of Mauna Loa, with plant and animal life as diverse as the landscapes. Use our online itinerary creator: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and all its delights await.
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park provides two drive-in campgrounds: Nāmakanipaio and Kulanaokuaiki. The former is on the main road near the park's entrance and offers full services. The latter sits more deeply in the park, has limited sites, and does not have drinking water. You can also stake your tent at one of the primitive campsites on the park's coastal hiking trails. The park does offer lodging in the Volcano House, which delivers sweeping vistas of the caldera at the top of Mount Kilauea. The aptly named town of Volcano at the park's main entrance has a bevy of accommodations, including cottages, inns, bed and breakfasts, and lodges. This is your best option for combining convenient access to the park with a comfortable place to lay your head.
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