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Chain of Craters Rd, Volcano

#2 of 14 in Scenic Drive in Island of Hawaii
Scenic Drive · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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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  • This was definitely worth the time and effort. We could have easily spent several days on this drive if you stopped at each place and did all of the hikes offered along the way. We drove all the...  more »
  • The drive takes you through the lava fields of different eruption and volcanoes and it was fascinating to see the differences. You also have shorter and longer hikes along the way. I did this drive.....  more »

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