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This visitor center is a must in any case. When you go there you will be above the clouds in almost 100% of the year. The views all around are amazing. To get them you don't need to hike to the next summit, of course...More
They have telescopes available to the public a couple of nights a week. It was a very popular thing, so if you want to not wait in line, you may want to get there early. Beautiful views, and the staff was great about pointing out...More
We drove all the way to get pictures. First off, don't even think about doing this drive to the top without 4-wheel drive, It's partially gravel road and cars without 4 wheel couldn't make it. Having said that, you can go to the information station...More
The visitor station is a great place to watch the sunset and then do some star gazing. You should plan on arriving about 45 minutes before sunset and then climb sunset hill (just across the road) for a spectacular show.
Bring extra clothes as it...More
Visitors are required to stop, pass a screening questionnaire, and wait for 30 minutes here in order for your body to acclimate to altitude and avoid altitude sickness. There is a small gift shop and some informative charts on constellations. Check to find which nights...More
We came here mostly for the stargazing but glad we also made it for sunset.
First - logistics. Make sure you are here about 45 mins or more before sunset. First, you will need that time to do the short hike to see the sunset...More
At 9000 feet, the weather here can be very different. It was raining at Kona, but the sky was clear when we got to the VIS. Bring warm clothes. Make sure you get in early. We found that the car park was getting filled up...More
This was one of the best experience we had in Big Island. You reach the visitor center and you have to spend there at least 30 minute to adapt at the altitude then you need a 4 wheels drive car to reach the top.
So.. I had a small SUV and the rangers and people at the visitor center told me that I had to have a 4x4...
Buddy of mine told me I would be fine.. so I went on my 4x2... and.... np!!
I have seen worse...More