Active Travel / Volcanoes / Hawaii / National Parks / Nature / → All Tags
Losing Your Cool in Hawaii
We'll admit we've been pretty friendly to Hawaii ever since they got walloped by an earthquake in October, but they've always had so much to offer active travelers. On the Big Island, Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park allows you to basically walk right up to lava flows. The park surrounds some of the planet's most active volcanoes--Mauna Loa and Kilauea--so you're basically guaranteed some fireworks whenever you go.
Kilauea has been erupting non-stop since 1983, taking out roads and even a park visitor center in the process. So, step quickly and carefully when you head out for those hikes: half-day length trails are scattered throughout the park. If you're not that ambitious, there's an 11-mile crater rim drive that will get you close to some action, provided lava hasn't poured over the road. Seriously.