Mount Fuji in Fall VIIThough volcanoes are often associated with their eruptions, they are otherwise beautiful and awe-inspiring sights to behold. The following volcanoes allow spectacular sightseeing, as well as providing visitors the opportunity to hike along the mountainsides. Here is a small list of a few of the best volcanoes in the world that are worth traveling to.

Mount St. Helens

Mount St. Helens, famous for its catastrophic eruption in 1980, is located in Washington. Along the mountain, there is a fantastic visitor center that is known as the Johnston Ridge Observatory, where you can view the mountain in all of its glory from the perfect location. Though you need a pass to do so, visitors can hike all the way up to the crater of the mountain.

Mount Vesuvius

Mount Vesuvius is one of the most picturesque volcanoes on this list, and worth visiting solely for its rich history alone. The volcano that buried the city of Pompeii in 79 A.D. provides a wonderful hike up the mountain that can be rather steep, though not too difficult. It’s also recommended that you stop at the nearby dig site for a touch of history.

Pacaya

Pacaya is a great volcano for adventurers and sightseers alike. The volcano is rather active, but has recently become a top spot in Guatemala city for tourists. Visitors can hike the volcano themselves or pay to ride a horse.

Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji is known as the largest mountain in Japan and has become one of the most popular tourists destinations in the world, though tourists are only allowed to visit in July and August. For those that want to see it at a distance, there are several notable sightseeing tours available. If you dare to hike the steep volcano, it can take up to six hours to the top and four hours down.

Mount Pelee

Mount Pelee includes must-see scenery. Located on the island of Martinique in the Caribbean, this volcano is home to breathtaking beaches and a couple of delicious restaurants. The main hike up the mountain provides great opportunities for photos, as well as an extremely fun hike.

While these are some of the best volcanoes that are worth traveling to see, they are but a small number of the myriads of volcanoes throughout the world that are simply waiting to be visited by you.