There are many volcanoes around the world which are considered “extinct,” a term which implies that are unlikely to ever erupt again. Some of these volcanoes are fairly accessible and have been turned into tourist attractions. Many of them are on the “A-List” for travelers because of their history and their beauty.
On the island of Maui, in the State of Hawai’i, Haleakala National Park is a perfect example. Here is a volcano close to populated areas that resembles a moonscape. Visitors can actually descend into the crater.
There are even craters within the main crater
There is no experience more breath-taking than entering the island of Santorini’s crater on a cruise ship and seeing the white-washed villages tumbling down the steep walls of the crater.
Another volcanic crater-turned national park can be found in the state of Oregon. Crater Lake National Park displays the remnants of Mount Mazama, filled with some of the bluest water on earth.
Once again, we can see a crater within a crater.
One of the world’s most famous craters is found near one of the world’s most famous beaches, Waikiki Beach on the island of Oahu, Hawai’i.
On the island of St Lucia, in the Caribbean Sea, visitors can actually drive into the crater of Soufriere Volcano.