Article by VolcanoVillage

When planning a visit to Volcanoes National Park Hawaii, you’ll be amazed at how much there is to see and do. The national park encompasses a staggering 550-sq miles, with endless opportunities for hiking, biking, driving, and exploring the two active volcanoes of Kilauea and Mauna Loa.

While you can get a glimpse of the park in a few hours, you won’t get a clear picture of all it has to offer unless you dedicate at least a few days for exploration. There are numerous ranger-led talks and activities offered, plus other organized tours that include biking or other off-road adventures. If you’re lucky, you may even get the chance to see an active lava flow up close and personal. Be sure to check out the following attractions, located within the park:

Kilauea Visitors Center (information on the latest lava flows, schedule of ranger activities, hiking and trail information, plus displays and films about the park)Jaggar Museum (views of the summit caldera, information and displays on volcanology)Crater Rim Drive (scenic 11-mile driving tour of Kilauea area)Thurston Lava Tube (accessible via Crater Rim Drive)Chain of Craters Road (scenic 20-mile driving tour of the East Rift and coastal area, which ends where lava recently engulfed the road)Pu’u Loa Petroglyphs (ancient Hawaiian carvings)Holei Sea Arch (view from a walkway off Chain of Craters Road, where it meets with the ocean)With so much ground to cover, no trip to the Big Island would truly be complete without spending some quality time at Volcanoes National Park Hawaii.

While you can see quite a bit from your car, the real experience and adventure is in hiking and exploring on foot. When you take the time to soak in the history, culture, and environment of the park, you’ll feel as if you have been transported to another world. Be sure to book a hotel or B&B in the nearby town of Volcano if you plan on seeing the park over the course of several days. The Volcano Village area is especially picturesque, and is really a destination unto itself.

There are a few inns nearby as well as numerous Volcano Village bed and breakfast choices, many of which are quaintly nestled within the lush grounds of the rainforest. The town, and the accommodations, are just a few minutes from the entrance to Volcanoes National Park Hawaii, so it’s the perfect spot to rest after a long day of exploring and hiking.

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