The best choice of lodgings near Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is also very close to the park entrance, meaning you’ll have the chance to be among the first to explore its hiking trails, Nahuku lava tube, steam vents and other sights along Halema‘uma‘u Crater. If lava is flowing, you’ll be able to visit late at night and see its eerie glow against the dark sky. The charmingly rustic inn, which opened in 1938 as a YMCA retreat, is surrounded by rainforest ferns and greenery. The lodge has a dozen rooms and many feature vintage touches like stained glass windows and wood paneling with modern conveniences like gas fireplaces and heated towel racks (Volcano can get quite chilly on winter evenings!)
Photo: Kilauea Lodge
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