Sunday, February 21, 2016

Sunday Travel Photo #72: Hawaii Volcano National Park

Night view of Kilauea Volcano.  Hawaii Volcano National Park.  Big Island.  Hawaii.  June 2014.

Overview Of The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Big Island, Hawaii

The Hawaii Volcanos National Park is situated 30 miles southwest from Hilo. It was established in 1916 and the park area is about 333,000 acres from the peak of Maunaloa to the sea. Here in the park you can enjoy 150 miles long trails through scalding deserts, volcanic craters, and rainforest. You can also see a museum, a walk in a lava tube and petroglyphs. There are two active volcanoes: Kilauea and Maunaloa. The park is a part of World Heritage Site.

Top Attractions

Kilauea Volcano 
Kilauea Volcano is  the only drive-in volcano in the world. At present, this massive volcano provides 250,000-650,000 cubic yards of lava each day. The volcano goddess which is popularly known as Pele situated here. The present eruption may possibly continue another 100 years or more, but the Pele can not be predicted.  One of the main causes to visit  Kilauea Volcano is the opportunity to view the blistering lava passes to meet the sea.

Crater Rim Drive
Crater Rim Drive is the 10.6 mile driveway that circles around Kilauea Caldera. Traveling  around this loop will get you to the park's main sights:  Jaggar Museum, Devastation Trail, Halemaumau Crater, Thurston Lava Tube and the Kilauea Iki Crater Overlook.

Thomas A. Jaggar Museum
Thomas A. Jaggar has developed the Volcanology research in Kilauea. Right here you will see maps, geologic displays, and videos about the research of volcanoes.

Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)
It is a lava cave which is 500 years old. The cave was formed due to an underground  channel of molten lava just drained from cooled wall surfaces and creating a big hollow chamber. At the end side of the tube, a tropical rainforest is waiting for you.

Chain of Craters Road
Chain of Craters Road  is 3,700 foot  driveway and ultimately it's finishes  where a flow of lava has actually surpassed the road.

Halemaumau Crater
It is generally recognized as the house of the Pele. The Halemaumau Crater is the Goddess of Volcanoes.  In the year of 1967,  Halemaumau Crater was filled up with lava that gradually drained away.

How to get to The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a 45-minute long driveway alongside the Highway 11 from the Hilo.

"Like all great travelers,  I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen."  -Benjamin Disraeli

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Sunday Travel Photo #71: Chicago Navy Pier

Navy Pier.  Chicago, Illinoid.  August 2011.  

Overview of Chicago Navy Pier

On the Chicago shoreline of Lake Michigan, there lies a 3,300 foot-long (1,010 m) pier. This is the Navy Pier. This pier was built in 1916 following the architectural design of Daniel Burnham and his associates. The cost of building this pier was $4.5 million. At the time of its opening, it stood out as the largest pier in the world. The Pier housed many Navy, Army, Red Cross and Home Defense Units during the World War I. Its first use was to serve as commercial pier and an entertainment hub. Other use for the pier were outlined as; Navy Training Center, College Classroom, Public Gathering Place.

Top Attractions near Navy Pier

Chicago Children's Museum

This is part of the Navy Pier. There are exhibits here that interest both the children and the adults. Also included are activities meant for children and their parents/guardians.

Pier Park
Pier Park is on the upper deck. There are attractions like Navy Piers Ferris Wheel, Musical Carousel, and 18-hole miniature golf course which attract so many people to this place.

How to get to Navy Pier

There are various public transportations going to this tourist attraction site. You can use Metra commuter rail. Other alternative are; City Bus, Sightseeing Bus, Taxi or even Boats. This is a popular tourist attraction site in Illinois and hence there are various means to get you there.

"You get educated by traveling."  -Solange Knowles