Hawaii features many wonders, but none more so than the vast volcanoes. Enter Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The park offers adventurers the perfect place to view a never-ending source of awe, steaming craters, and ancient rainforests.
After a stunningly explosive summer in 2018, Kilauea, the world’s longest continuously erupting volcano, has finally taken a break. You can no longer see the pouring lava, but the magnitude of the crater - left behind by the eruptions - is an impressive sight to see.
Chain of Craters Road
This road flows down to the sea from Crater Rim Drive. In an empty landscape, Chain of Craters Road stretches for 18 miles and goes from 4,000 feet elevation to sea level. This scenic drive is covered with craters of varying shapes and sizes.
It's worth waking up for
Seeing the volcanoes just before the sun comes up is hugely dramatic. The park is open 24 hours and you can view these jaw-dropping sights at sunrise with less crowds around.
It’s hard to believe now, but Devastation Trail was once covered by dense rainforest. In December 1959, the eruption of Kilauea Iki produced lava, craters, and forest fires. The rainforest was destroyed and buried in cinder. Life is nevertheless regaining hold on the landscape. It’s interesting to view life recovering in this once devastated space. For a true Jurassic-esque sight, visit Devastation Trail, located off Chain of Craters Road.
For an otherworldly experience, head to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where volcanoes beckon adventurous spirits.