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Ten National Parks to See Before You Die

By CNTraveler.com - 2014-07-21T17:46:04Z

Photograph via Conde Nast Traveler

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Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii

Erupting since 1983, Kilauea is one of Earth's most spectacular phenomena in Volcanoes park.

Size 505 square miles (about half the size of Rhode Island).

Best Views, Land Adjacent to the Thomas A. Jaggar Museum, the overlook into Kilauea Crater.

The Easy Short Way The 11-mile Crater Rim Drive up Kilauea, past Halemaumau Overlook.

The Easy Long Way Bike or drive the 20-mile Chain of Craters Road (but check nps.gov for road closures).

The Hard Way The Kilauea Iki Trail drops 400 feet and passes steam vents and Pu'u Pua'i cinder cone.

The Harder Way Book a customized lava tube tour or a backcountry hike with Hawaii Forest and Trail (808-331-8505; hawaii-forest.com).

Go All Out Boat tours get close to where the burning red lava oozes into the Pacific (808-966-4200;lavaocean.com).

Etc. volcano.wr.usgs.gov has updates on active lava flow.

This article was originally published in September 2009. It has been excerpted and updated.

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