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Volcanoes are living proof that the Earth hasn’t finished forming. You can witness it with your own eyes in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, located on the southeastern shore of the Big Island. Here, hot, molten lava carves pathways through the stark landscape, steaming as it meets the ocean.

If you have only a few hours to spend in the park, hop in the car and follow Crater Rim Drive to explore the summit of Kīlauea volcano. This scenic byway traces the summit caldera, passing through desert and lush tropical rain forest. The route then crosses the caldera floor, guiding you to many scenic overlooks. Along the way, you’ll find a number of short hiking trails that allow you a closer look at the unique landscape.

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