Haleakalā National Park - Summit Area

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Haleakalā National Park on the island of Maui offers some of the most spectacular sights in the state. Drive to the summit area at the top of Haleakalā, a 10,023-foot dormant volcano, for a breath-taking view of Haleakalā Crater.

On the way to the summit you'll enjoy views of the island laid out below you–assuming clouds aren't in the way. On most days you'll encounter some clouds and you'll often experience fog–but that's just part of the mountain's charm–and usually you'll be able to drive above the clouds and back into sunshine.

Haleakalā's summit visitor center is situated on the crater rim; no hiking is required to look into the unforgettable volcanic wilderness known as Haleakalā Crater.

Sunrise is a popular time to visit–many people discover a spiritual dimension witnessing the sun come up over the crater rim–but be aware that the high altitude makes for extreme cold, and the early morning sunlight does not do justice to the crater's beautiful colors. You'll probably be more comfortable later in the day. No matter what time of day you go, bring a jacket because it will be cold. Wear sunscreen as well. At 10,000-feet you can burn in just a few minutes.

As always in the islands, take your time on the road, but if cars are behind you pull over so that other drivers can pass you safely!

Additional tips:
• As with most national parks, there is an entrance fee.
• Be cautious if you have problems with the thin air at high elevations.
• No food, no drinks and no gasoline are available in the park.
• Be aware that access may be limited at sunrise, a traditional time to visit.
• The park will close during severe weather–snowstorms and hurricanes for example.
• Be sure to call the park before your visit for the most up-to-date information or click here to visit their website.

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