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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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Welcome to Hawaii Volcanoes Natl Park, HI

Few visitors realize that in addition to "the volcano" (Kilauea)—that mountain oozing new layers of lava onto its flanks—there's also Volcano, the village. Conveniently located next to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Volcano Village is a charming little hamlet in the woods that offers a dozen or so excellent inns and bed-and-breakfasts, a decent (although strangely expensive) Thai restaurant, and a handful of things to see and do that don't include the village's namesake.For years, writers, artists, and meditative types have been coming to the volcano to seek inspiration, and many of them have settled in and around the village. Artist studios (open to the public by appointment) are scattered in the forest, laden with ferns and mists.If you plan to visit the Halemaumau summit crater at night (which you absolutely should if it's glowing), or drive down to the coast to try to see lava steaming into the sea, spending a night in Volcano Village is the ideal way to go about it. Explore

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Things You Can't Miss

The Kilauea Iki Trail Ranks With the Best

This fairly strenuous hike begins in the rain forest and descends to the crater floor, where eerie drifts of steam still rise from cracks in the ground.

The Kilauea Iki Trail Ranks With the Best

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History and Science: Kilauea Visitor Center

The exhibits at this excellent site interpret island formation and ecosystems, environmental challenges and stories from Hawaii’s indigenous people.

History and Science: Kilauea Visitor Center

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Take Chain of Craters Road From Peak to Sea

This 20-mile road passes through miles of pahoehoe lava flows and provides access to the Puu Loa Petroglyphs Site, with 24,000 ancient art images.

Take Chain of Craters Road From Peak to Sea

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Walk Kipuka Puaulu for Beautiful Native Forest

Lush old-growth koa and ohia trees border this peaceful, easy 1.2-mile loop trail, where you may spot colorful birds, such as Hawaiian honeycreepers.

Walk Kipuka Puaulu for Beautiful Native Forest

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