Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Big Island by www.hawaii2beautiful.com
Hawaii is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world; one of the top draws of this beautiful island is its incredible volcanoes. Hawaii is a land made from volcanoes, in fact, the Big Island island is made up from 5 distinct volcanoes, they are named: Kohala, Mauna Kea, Hualalai, Mauna Loa, and Kilauea. If you are interested in seeing Hawaii and all its beauty, one of the best ways to enjoy this tropical paradise is to visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park located on the Big Island.
There are many things to see at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park; besides active and dormant volcanoes, you can also experience the rich Hawaiian culture and the diversity of beautiful flowers, plants, insects and wildlife. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the park, they include; hiking and viewing lava by foot, viewing lava safely from a car or tour bus, you can also see the park by bicycle and for those that are interested in spending more than a few hours at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, you can even find camp grounds and facilities.
What to See For most travelers, your first stop should be the Kilauea Visitor Center, this is the perhaps the best place to find current and up to date information on what attractions at the park are open and to learn about detailed information about the park and includes a book store, interactive displays and souvenirs. If you are looking to get the most out of your visit to the park the Kilauea Visitor Center is the best place to start.
Crater Rim Drive Crater Rim Drive is a great way to see the park by your vehicle. Crater Rim Drive is 11 miles of road that circles some of the most beautiful volcanic attractions at the park. It starts form the Kilauea Visitor Center and continues to the following attractions.
Steaming Bluff & Sulfur Bank The Steaming Bluff and Sulfur Bank are located only a few miles into your drive, the Steaming Bluff is flat plain with no vegetation, the water from the Kilaeu Caldron seeps down onto hot volcanic rocks and causes steam, across the street from the bluff you will find a paved path that will take you to a bank that spews Sulfur gasses that smell like rotten eggs. Southwest Rift Zone The Southwest Rift Zone includes large rifts, fractures, gullies and fissures. Rifts are weaker land areas around the volcano and you can see plenty of interesting volcano landscapes from this area. One of the most interesting areas in the Southwest Rift Zone is the Halema'uma'u Crater. This crater can be viewed by a park overlook. This crater is nearly 3,000 feet across and is extremely deep, with depths of over 300 feet. If you look deep in the crater, you can see molten lava that has reached temperatures of over 2100 degrees Fahrenheit.
Thurston Lava Tube Thurston Lava Tube is an incredible structure. Only a few hundred years ago, a large amount of lava rushed through the lava tube, today, you can easily walk through it. The lava tube is an incredible site to look at and is very close to a wildlife area that features exotic birds and vegetation.
If you are planning on visiting the Big Island in Hawaii, make sure you see some of the islands most beautiful attractions at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
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