April 06, 2022
Standing Above the Clouds
MAUI, HAWAII - Getting to the top of Mount Haleakala, the focal point of Haleakala National Park, is one of Hawaii's most memorable experiences. The most popular times to go are before dawn to watch the sunrise (make reservations in advance) and in the afternoon for sunset, but visiting at any time is worth the trip. Be prepared though. The steep, winding road to the summit can take up to 2 hours, and the temperature typically drops 3 degrees for every 1,000 feet of elevation. It can be 30 to 40 degrees cooler at the top than at sea level. From the summit, you will see one of the world's largest dormant volcanic craters - about 7 miles across, 2 miles wide and 2,600 feet deep.
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