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Adventure Destination: Live Volcanoes in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

Stare into the caldera at Kilauea Volcano to understand Hawaii's nature—surrounded by water but created by fire.

Home of the legendary fire goddess, Pele, is the Kilauea Volcano located inside Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. The volcano has been creating new land, while alternately devouring homes and roads, from earliest recorded history in Hawai'i to the most recent eruption in 1983.

As one of the most popular attractions on any of the Hawaiian Islands, there are thousands of travelers who have seen the fiery, glowing displays and walked through the volcano's otherworldly, sulfuric clouds.

Viewing the main lava pit, or caldera, is easily accessible by car on the Chain of Craters Road. The dynamic flow of lava constantly changes, so it's best to avoid getting in a sticky situations by calling or stoping by the Kilauea Visitor Center first, to get the latest flow reports and lava-viewing tips.

How to Get there:

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park is open 24 hours a day, year round.

The Kīlauea Visitor Center is located on Crater Rim Drive off of Highway 11, between the 28 and 29 mile marker south of Hilo. The Visitor Center is open 9 am to 5 pm. The Jaggar Museum, associated with the Visitor Center, is open daily from 10 am to 8 pm. 808.985.6000, www.nps.gov/havo

Travel Tip: Hours for the Museum and Visitor Center are subject to volcanic activity, so call ahead before driving out to the site.