Receive an afternoon pickup from your hotel in Kailua-Kona, Hilo, Kohala, or Waikoloa, then travel through several of Hawaii’s different climate zones as you ascend to Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park at an elevation of 4,000 feet (1,200 meters) above sea level. For most visitors the trip will take two hours, though from Hilo the drive is one hour.
When you arrive at this volcanic wonderland, you’ll spend the next several hours enjoying a fully-narrated tour of the park highlights. Check out the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Visitor Center, get a look at the Thurston Lava Tube, visit the Jaggar Museum, head to Kilauea Iki Overlook, and see some volcanic hot steam vents. After sunset, you’ll head to the edge of Kilauea Caldera, where, if conditions permit, you can watch the glowing red lava as it sizzles in the crater. At the end of the excursion you’ll be transported back to your hotel.