Throughout the Hawaiian Islands, you will find unsurpassed natural beauty everywhere you go. While there are some wonders that can only be seen via strenuous hiking trails or crazy expensive helicopter tours, there are others that simply require a vehicle. Even though we can’t take a traditional road trip like our friends on the mainland, the Hawaiian Islands are home to several incredibly stunning back roads and highways just begging to be explored.

But not all scenic drives are created equal: located on Hawaii Island, within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, is the 18.8 mile Chain of Craters Road, which will take drivers – and their passengers – on an unforgettable journey from 4,000 feet above sea level to the ocean that will make you feel as though you’re a million miles away from civilization. Plus, the views are positively second to none.

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Don’t be unprepared for your journey: you won’t find any food, water of fuel along the path, and cell reception in this area can be spotty. Most importantly, enjoy the trip – and don’t forget your camera! If you’re not on Hawaii Island, consider taking a scenic drive along any of these amazing Hawaii backroads.

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