Volcanoes National Park
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park should be a major highlight of your visit to the island of Hawaii. The park features the Kilauea Volcano, one of the most active volcanoes on Earth. The volcano has been erupting since 1983 and the second volcano, Maunaloa, last erupted in 1984. There are several ways to see the park, including helicopter tours, boat tours and guided bus tours, among other options. To get a closer view, I recommend driving through the park and exploring some of its trails on foot. If this is your first visit, make sure you stop at the Kilauea Visitor Center. You can talk to the park rangers, as well as get maps and information to plan your day. The National Park spans 333,000 acres and has 150 miles of hiking trails, so you will have no shortage of paths to walk on or scenery to enjoy. Entry to the park is $10.00 per car and is good for up to 7 days.
A few of my other favorite things to do at the park include the Thurston Lava Tube and the Jagger Museum. At the Lava Tube, you can walk through a rain forest and explore a 550-year old lava cave. Jagger Museum also proves to be a great spot for additional history on the island’s volcanoes.
Be sure to start planning your park experience in advance so you can take full advantage of all the unique features and sights.