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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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  • You really DO NOT want to drive one hour and then walk 2 miles under the scorching sun to realize that the attraction you came for does not exist anymore. That’s right, the lava interrupting the road....  more »
  • Impressive drive, worth it! Long steep road ending by the Ocean, great views of the Pacific. Many craters along this road.  more »

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