You Don’t Have to be Dr. Evil to Stay in a Volcano Lair

Hawaii's 33-room Volcano House got a multimillion-dollar face-lift

Hike to the volcano's rim, then chow on local fare. (Brown Cannon III/Intersection)
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Nestled in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, on the rim of the Big Island’s Kilauea Caldera, guests of Volcano House enjoy views of the glowing crater and plumes of volcanic steam from their beds.

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The 33-room hotel dates back to 1846 but received a multimillion-dollar face-lift in 2013, including a new restaurant, the Rim. Now guests can hike to the Napau Trail and view the gaping Puu Oo eruption, then chow down on locally sourced delicacies like pan-seared Kona kampachi and Hilo-coffee-rubbed lamb. The next day, the Thurston Lava Tube is just a quick spin away on the lodge’s complimentary cruiser bikes. From $285.


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