Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hilo, Hawaii

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This is probably among the most active volcanic areas in the world. Here, you will not find the explosive, highly destructive type of volcano, but a more gently flowing lava that slowly builds up into relatively shallow craters known as calderas. Because of the type of volcanic activity here, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has sometimes been referred to as the Drive-In Volcano. Most likely on your visit you will see only steam escaping from vents in the crater and, of course, evidence of past eruptions. But that alone is worth the visit, for the park is a highly unusual experience. The crater itself and past lava flows are both educational and impressive. It is a strange, eerie place.
Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks

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Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks

by Larry H. Ludmer (Hunter Publishing)

This is probably among the most active volcanic areas in the world. Here, you will not find the explosive, highly destructive type of volcano, but a more gently flowing lava that slowly builds up into relatively shallow craters known as calderas. Because of the type of volcanic activity here, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has sometimes been referred to as the Drive-In Volcano.

Most likely on your visit you will see only steam escaping from vents in the crater and, of course, evidence of past eruptions. But that alone is worth the visit, for the park is a highly unusual experience. The crater itself and past lava flows are both educational and impressive. It is a strange, eerie place.

©  Larry H. Ludmer/Hunter Publishing. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Hilo
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Contact information for the park, accommodations, and dining are included in the eTrail.
Topo Map: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Topographic Map
Guide Book: Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
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