This is the most dramatic attraction in all of Hawaii - active volcanoes. The Visitor Center has displays, a documentary movie, books, maps and eruption information. Lava fields and steam vents can be seen from the rim of the Halemaumau Crater.
The Thomas A Jagger Museum is located at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory on Crater Rim Rd. The Kilauea volcano is currently active with eruptions and lava flows which produce spectacular visuals as they meet the ocean.
The Mauna Loa volcano is also noteworthy. Its peak is 13,680 feet above sea level, and has a caldera, lava tubes, cinder cones, odd mineral formations and steam vents. Tropical plants and tree ferns add the the unique other-worldly scenery.
The Chain of Craters Rd runs through barren craters and steam vents. To reach the area, take Hwy 11 (Kaloelehua Ave) out of Hilo for 30 miles. The drive takes 45 minutes and has numerous attractions along the way.