Best national parks in Hawaii

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#1 - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Hawaii, Hawaii
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Without volcanoes there would be no Hawaii. Fortunately for the world, Hawaii's volcanoes continue to produce their famous molten lava, which results in a growing mass of paradise in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. One of the most spectacular spots to witness this natural miracle in action is on the Big Island of Hawaii at Volcanoes National Park, where two active volcanoes (Mauna Loa and Kilauea) regularly spout ash clouds, smoke and hot lava into the sea. Visitors can hike around the park and experience an incredible range of microclimates and sites, from rain forests to eerie lava tubes to spectacular views of the ocean. Volcanic activity is responsible for a new island that is currently being created in Hawaii, which would bring the total number of islands to 9 in the state's chain. Just off the southern coast of the Big Island is Loihi, an underwater volcano that has been erupting since 1996. The new island is scheduled to break the ocean's surface in about 250,000 years, so we have a while before we need to book our reservations. Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day including holidays. However, the Kahuku Unit is only open on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. For Visitor Center hours, see here: ENTRANCE FEES - Effective January 1, 2020 $30.00 per private non-commercial vehicle (capacity 15 or less) - 7 days $15.00 per pedestrian or bicycle - 7 days $25.00 per motorcycle - 7 days $55.00 Hawai‘i Tri-park Annual Pass Accessibility: Accessible trails and facilities information for those with disabilities or using strollers can be found here:,Art%20Center%20are%20wheelchair%20accessible.&text=The%20short%20gravel%20trail%20(0.1,possible%20for%20wheelchairs%20to%20traverse.Show more