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This vast and popular attraction on the island of Hawaii is home to Mauna Loa and Kilauea, two of the most active and exciting volcanoes in the world.
The 11-mile Caldera Drive is the most popular excursion route, with the Halema'uma'u Crater Overlook its highlight. From that observation spot, your camera can simultaneously capture the crater's interior and, in the distance, mighty Mauna Loa.
Other interesting Caldera Drive stops include Thurston Lava Tube, Jagger Museum, Steaming Bluff and the viewpoint behind the Volcano House.
Chain of Craters Road
This is the second most popular excursion route. It descends from Kilauea to the coast until it dead ends at a hardened street-crossing lava flow. The round trip is approximately 75 kilometers (45 miles).
When to sightsee
To avoid tour-bus crush, sightsee before mid-morning or after mid-afternoon.