Next month, America’s National Parks will be celebrating their 100th birthday!  With this in mind, we have been doing a post a month from March through August, highlighting five of the national parks we have visited. For July, the fourth National Park being featured on our count down is Hawaii Volcanoes National Park 

Getting to this park requires a trip to Hawaii’s Big Island, home of Pele the Hawaiian goddess of fire!  We figured there was no better way to take in the gorgeous views than by helicopter tour!  However, we almost missed our chance to go on this tour because of the government shut down that closed all national parks.  Thankfully, the shut down was lifted the day before our tour!DSC02732We booked our tour through Blue Hawaiian Helicopter tours and departed from the Waikoloa Heliport.  Although there were not major eruptions, we still got to see lava and the beautiful landscape that was formed by the fury of the famous Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea volcanoes.

One of the volcano cones in the distance

We flew over the “road to no where” which has been destroyed by lava flows on both ends, as well as the water’s edge where the lava has been flowing into the ocean.  This is actually increasing the size of the island with as it cools and hardens, making it one of the few places that is getting bigger over time.  The landscape and coastline is never the same thanks to the volcanoes!

Our tour also took us over plantations and the town of Hilo, as well as the towering sea cliffs at the north end of the island.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is great for hiking, guided tours, and of course helicopter flights.  If you want to see  and photograph the unspoiled beauty of volcanoes, waterfalls, and lush tropical rainforests, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a must for you!

To read about the first park we featured, Yellowstone National Park, click here.

To read about the second park we featured, Rocky Mountain National Park, click here.

To read about the third park we featured, Grand Teton National Park, click here.

What are you waiting for? Summer is a great time to get out and explore America’s National Parks!


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  1. Gorgeous pictures of such a beautiful place. I love taking my family to different National or State Parks. I wish we lived closer to Hawaii because it truly looks amazing.

  2. I have not done the helicopter tour. What a different perspective than hiking through and around the lava flows. Nature is awesome!

  3. Amazing! Love the view from the Sky….the photos are amazing and I like how your featuring a countdown of the national parks!

  4. What gorgeous views – love them! I also love the series you are doing on National Parks – fab idea! It’s a lovely way to support nature for their 100th birthday! Looking forward to reading more 🙂

  5. We did a helicopter flight last year during our babymoon on the Big Island! It was definitely a highlight of the trip 🙂

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