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Volcano Tourist Info (from GoHawaii.com)
Located 30 miles southwest of Hilo, this is the home of Kilauea volcano, one of the most active volcanoes on earth. The chance to witness the primal process of creation and destruction make this park one of the most popular visitor attraction in Hawaii and a sacred place for Native Hawaiians.
From Volcano Gallery.com
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, established in 1916, displays the results of 70 million years of volcanism, migration, and evolution -- processes that thrust a bare land from the sea and clothed it with complex and unique ecosystems and a distinct human culture. The park encompasses 230,000 acres and ranges from sea level to the summit of the earth's most massive volcano, Mauna Loa at 13,677 feet. Kilauea, the world's most active volcano, offers scientists insights on the birth of the Hawaiian Islands and visitors views of dramatic volcanic landscapes.
Over half of the park is designated wilderness and provides unusual hiking and camping opportunities. In recognition of its outstanding natural values, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has been honored as an International Biosphere Reserve and a World Heritage Site.
Crater Rim Drive
This 11-mile drive circles Kilauea's summit caldera and craters, passes through rainforest and desert, and provides access to well marked scenic stops and short walks. Highlights include Sulphur Banks, Steam Vents, Jaggar Museum, halema'uma'u Crater, Devastation Trail, Kilauea Iki Crater and Thurston Lava Tube.
Chain of Craters Road
This 40-mile roundtrip drive intersects with Crater Rim Drive, descends 3,700 feet to the coast and dead ends at a lava flow across the road, Points of interest include Lua Manu and Pauahi craters, Mauna Ulu Lava Shield, Kealakomo Overlook and Holei Sea Arch.