Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Big Island, Hawaii (NPS)

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii (Guy Vanderelst/Photographer's Choice)

Rift Zone in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Big Island, Hawaii (Hawaii's Big Island Visitors Bureau)

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What to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When most people think of Hawaii, images of sandy beaches and soothing ocean waves dance through their head. There’s certainly plenty of that on the Big Island—but perhaps the most dominant feature here is the 13,677-foot Mauna Loa volcano, the centerpiece of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. It’s the world’s largest volcano, and with neighboring Kilauea (also in the park) being the world’s most active, you’re virtually guaranteed a show. Explore them both up-close in an adventure with a once-in-a-lifetime feel, like the three-day, 18-mile hiking trail to Mauna Loa’s summit. For an easier go at it, drive the Mauna Loa Road or Crater Rim Drive for stunning views. Wish the day-trippers farewell with an overnight stay in the park. Halape Campground (permit required) is an eight-mile hike from the Halina Pali Overlook. Or opt for a room at the renovated Volcano House, perched on the rim of Kilauea with unparalleled views into the volcano.
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