Just a 45-minute drive south of Hilo, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park sprawls across more than 500 square miles of geothermal marvels. The still-active volcanoes of Kilauea and Maunaloa get most of the hype, but the park offers many other attractions, too—like 150 miles of hiking trails that skirt volcanic craters, deserts, and rainforests; a walk-in lava tube; a museum; and centuries-old petroglyphs etched into lava rock by ancient Hawaiians. The biodiversity here, particularly of indigenous plant and bird life, has designated it both a UNESCO World Heritage site and an International Biosphere Reserve.
To learn more about the natural wonders of Hawaii, the Big Island, visit gohawaii.com/hawaii-island.
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