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An 11-mile scenic drive within Volcanoes National Park
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Island of Hawaii, HI
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Reviewed 12 April 2017

Half of the road is closed because of fumes from the caldera. You can drive to the Jagger museum on one side. And just past the entrance to the Chain of Craters Road. The area that is open encompasses all of the major sites to...More

Thank Mike G
Reviewed 22 March 2017

Long drive to coast and arch. The scenery was lava flow and reminds me of another planet. We were not able to get very near to the fire hose but could see the steam. We were able to get a good photo op of the...More

Thank Drkathyj
Reviewed 31 October 2016

There were a number of stopping points on the drive and it was different place to anything else that changes as you drive and knowing you are so close to an active volcano. Go to the Jagger Museum and the Steam vents and any other...More

2  Thank Oldjack
Reviewed 18 August 2016

The drive round the rim has a number of places where you can stop and look at the view. the are often pools of steam and smoke venting from holes in the ground. A very interesting place.

2  Thank 155richard81
Reviewed 27 March 2016 via mobile

The crater rim drive exists inside the volcano national park, so will require park admission. The drive itself is very nice. You will drive through several different environments including forest, prior lava flow, craters, seaside. There are several different places to stop along the way....More

2  Thank Tracy D
Reviewed 14 March 2016

Ordinarily a really long ride round the park, part of the road (past Jagger Museum) is closed and has been for a long time due to a buildup of noxious gases. You can access other sections of the road as they remain open. Drive slowly...More

Thank Joel W
Reviewed 9 January 2016

If you go in the evening, you can see the glow of the lava in the pit. I wish that we could all get closer to the lava, though. You see the smoke but not the actual lava!

Thank monklover3
Reviewed 8 November 2015

Until you see (in person) how much devastation an eruption can cause, you can't really appreciate the violence or the magnitude of such an event. We walked and drove around for hours. The crater is still smoldering. If you walk down to the floor of...More

Thank smrobin01
Reviewed 12 October 2015

If driving is your thing and hiking seems daunting, then definitely take time driving this. We drove it but only out of necessity to get to various trail heads. Part of the drive is still closed due to poor air quality given the current lava...More

Thank Sarah C
Reviewed 4 July 2015

this road is good for getting to kalapana and other trail heads including Thurston lava tube if your walking be careful there are no pavement and lots of tour buses go down it so watch out keep well in the road

1  Thank Richard J
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