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The Big Island - It's Called that for a Reason
Keep in mind the size of this Island as you plan what to do and where to stay. For example, the Hilo area is closer to Volcanoes National Park. However, many prefer to stay in Kona, which is over 2 hours drive west and more geared to the tourist trade. Many visitors often ask about driving around the Island, which just isn't possible in 1 day. Driving times are going to be especially important to know if you choose the Big Island for your vacation.
For example, going from Hilo proper to Volcanoes National Park could take up to an hour, which is why staying in the town of Volcano itself could be the best choice if you plan on spending time seeing Kilauea. Kona to Volcanoes Nat'l Park? Over 3 hours.
Attractions toward the center of the Island tend to take about the same travel time for Hilo or Kona. Waipio Valley is an hour and a half in your car from either city. If seeing some of the many beautiful sights outside your chosen lodging area is important, then research is important. It may surprise you just how large and Island can be.
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