9 top wow spots of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

From spewing lava to palm-strewn coastline, behold the park's most unforgettable sights.
1. Volcanic view: Molten lava pours into the Pacific near Kalapana, just east of Hawai'i Volcanoes N.P. Near constant eruptions-its eastern flanks have been erupting since 1983, Kilauea Caldera since 2003-make the park's Kilauea Volcano one of the most active in the world.

2. Kilauea Caldera: Clouds of steam rising from a valley of blackened lava-that's a classic view of Kilauea, heart of Hawai'i Volcanoes N.P. The current eruption centers on a portion of the caldera called Halemaʻumaʻu Crater.

3. Chain of Craters Road: This 18-mile road leads through the heart of Hawai'i Volcanoes N.P., dropping 3,700 feet as it winds down the mountains to the Pacific. It comes to a sudden stop where the pavement was buried in lava in 2003; if you're lucky, you may get to see active lava flows yourself.

4. Kilauea Iki Trail: Lush tropical vegetation covers portions of Hawai'i Volcanoes N.P. This 4-mile trail leads you through native rain forest before it crosses a blackened lake of hardened lava.


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