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Chain of Craters Rd, Volcano

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Chain of Craters Road is a 19-mile (31 km) long winding paved road through the East Rift and coastal area of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the island of Hawaii, in the state of Hawaii, United States. The original road, built in 1928, connected Crater Rim Drive to Makaopuhi Crater. The road was lengthened to reach the tiny town of Kalapana in 1959. As of 2018, the road has had parts covered by lava in 41 of the past 53 years, due to eruptions of Kīlauea volcano.
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  • We took about two hours round trip for this drive. Lots of lava flow fields, overlooks, trails. Very fun and leisurely drive. At the end, you are rewarded with the beautiful lava sea arch... 
    We took about two hours round trip for this drive. Lots of lava flow fields, overlooks, trails. Very fun and leisurely drive. At the end, you are rewarded with the beautiful lava sea arch...  more »
  • It is about a 22-mile drive from the entrance station to the Sea Arch turnaround. But the Chain of Craters Road is only about 18 miles in length, but plan on it taking about an hour to get down to... 
    It is about a 22-mile drive from the entrance station to the Sea Arch turnaround. But the Chain of Craters Road is only about 18 miles in length, but plan on it taking about an hour to get down to...  more »

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