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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

. Perhaps the most famous attraction on the Big Island is Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where you can get up close and personal with an active volcano. Spectacular views of current and past eruptions abound, both on foot and from the car. Please exercise extreme caution in the park and be sure to follow all instructions from the park rangers. Helicopter tours of the volcano are unforgettable.

The volcano is about 90 miles from our condominium, driving around the south end of the island. The drive takes about three hours, depending on how often you stop along the way. You can also drive around the north end of the island, through the town of Hilo, though this takes a bit longer. We recommend that those who want to see the volcano stay at least one night on the other side of the island. There are a number of inns and motels in the town of Volcano, just at the entrance to the park. Check out the National Park Service for general and specific information about the park. For current photos of the active lava flows, go to the Kilauea page of the U.S. Geological Survey's website.