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Spending a few days in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park offers you the opportunity to see this Pacific paradise in its natural glory. As you likely know, this chain of islands was produced by volcanoes, and these ancient geological formations, some still active, offer beauty, natural history and a long list of wonderful activities for visitors.

As you consider visiting, these Hawaii Volcanoes National Park attractions will help you plan your trip. Here are four reasons you’ll love Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

The Hiking and Biking are Fantastic

Experienced visitors say the best way to explore the park is on foot. More than 150 miles of trails snake through the park and offer a range of options from short, easy walks to long, challenging hikes. Whether you have a few minutes or half a day, you’ll find a hike that will provide recreation and beauty. Guided hikes with a ranger are a popular option too.

Volcanoes N.P. is a bikers’ dream whether you want an easy cruise on smooth paths or an adrenaline-pumping ride over rugged terrain. Bike routes take you past volcanic vistas, into the Kilauea volcano where steam rises from the caldera and to other must-see locations.

Drive-In and Hike-In Campgrounds are Rich in Beauty

Two drive-in campgrounds, Nāmakanipaio and Kulanaokuaiki, are ideal for those who want amenities such as running water and restrooms. Backcountry campgrounds are primitive…and miles away from the hustle and bustle you experience “back home.” Camping in the wilderness is allowed too with a permit.

Ranger-Led Programs Enrich Kids and Adults

Programs typically begin at the visitor’s center with a short presentation from one of the rangers. Then, it’s out onto the trails to explore wonders such as Hawaiian petroglyphs, lava tubes, plant and wildlife, a volcanic crater or the Kilauea's caldera. Children from 7 to 12 can participate in the Junior Ranger Program too and earn a badge along the way.

The Rest of Hawaii is Nearby

While you could easily fill a busy week with a trip to the national park, you might also want to take in other attractions this state has to offer. These include a trip to Honolulu for dining, shopping, history and culture, spending a day on a pristine beach like Waikiki on Oahu or Ho’okipa Beach on Maui or visiting the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor.

If you’re looking for a place like nowhere else you’ve ever been, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is perfect, especially for those who are active and love the great outdoors. Plan your visit with this guide, and you’ll come home with wonderful memories of an amazing experience.