Top Volcanoes You Can Actually Visit

travel makers mdAre you someone who couldn’t make enough volcanoes for your science projects as a kid and now you want to see them up close and personal (well, not too close)? You can do that. Here are some of the top volcanoes that you can see on your next vacation.

Mount Vesuvius – Italy. This is a very popular volcano to visit; not only because it’s inactive (having not erupted since 1944), but because it’s also filled with history. The inactive atmosphere and the steam rising from the craters give tourists an image of what the volcano would be like in its prime. Guided tours are offered for the area so visitors can get the full experience of seeing this natural wonder up close.

Kilauea – Hawaii. Of course, there had to be a volcano from Hawaii on this list. Unlike the image that might be popping in your head, however, this volcano is different – it doesn’t have active eruptions. However, it has a continuous lava stream and lake that has been flowing non-stop since 1983. While there are no methods of public transportation to get there, it’s worth it to see the beautiful flowing lava and the atmosphere it creates at night.

Mt. Fuji – Japan. This one isn’t exactly a volcano – since it hasn’t erupted since 1707, it’s essentially a mountain. It serves as Japan’s highest one at 12,000 feet, and is available to hike as well. For a different take on a volcano, this one is a must-see. Hiking gives you the opportunity to get up close and personal with this perfect example of how landscapes change over time.

Pacaya, Guatemala. For a volcano that is more active, Pacaya should be at the top of your list. It’s not just the view of the eruptions that are fascinating, but it’s also the journey to get there. You can choose to either ride a horse or walk on the roughly two-and-a-half-hour trail with a tour group. The walk is easy, and you even get to roast marshmallows on the way!

Mt. Bromo – Indonesia. Mt. Bromo is a volcano that isn’t dormant, but also is not constantly active. This causes a variety of ways that visitors can see the sight. Like many other volcanoes, Mt. Bromo was used as an offering ground for the mountain gods during the festival of Kasada. When there is low activity, visitors can climb to the crater’s rim to imagine how this took place.

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