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Saddle Road

Hawaii Highway 200, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Ranked #11 of 50 Attractions in Kailua-Kona
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Scenic Drives
Activities: Driving
Description: Built in 1942, this 53-mile long road is extremely dangerous with its narrow structure, blind turns, rough surface and single-lane bridges.
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Hilo, Hawaii
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

With the new improvements this is about the best piece of black top in the state. Beautiful wide open stretches with lush and sometimes haunting scenery. Because of this you have to keep an eye on your speed. It is easy to creep up and there are police on the route. Many a local has fallen into one of the... More

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North Oaks, Minnesota
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This drive is truly interesting was well as being the only way to access the Mauna Kea Observatories which are about half way through the drive. The Saddle Road was the original Military Road across the island. It has been improved but has no services. You really need a full tank to start. We had a little better than half... More

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Los Angeles, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
3 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Hawaii Highway 200 known as the Daniel Inouye Highway. The road is well paved two lanes and sometimes three lanes for passing. There are no services or rest stops along the highway. The speed limit is over 50 miles per hour on most of trip. Using Highway 200 cut off 50% of the travel time between the two cities.

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New Orleans
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

We drove the saddle twice during our stay on the big island. Once we took the "old road" from kona, really wild, truly a roller coaster ride for your car. The second time took the new road through. Either way will take you to the intersection where it opens up to 4 lanes. Not a scary drive at all. A... More

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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

made the trip from hilo to kona by way of the saddle road last week . looks like it's finally completed , made it into a good safe road . takes the fun out of going that way , not the adventure that it used to be

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

This was a dangerous road in the past. Many millions of dollars have turned it into a super highway. Great way to see diversity on the island and get from one side to the other in a reasonable time.

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

In the old days, well just a few years ago rental car companies banned you from driving this route from Waikoloa to Hilo, now it's nicely paved, taking you there faster and easier, don't forget to watch out for Goats, Donkey's and Army Hummmers along the way.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Great road to the other side of The Big Island, the road surface must be brand new, I put it in neutral all the way down on the Hilo side, great scenery. No services anywhere!

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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20 reviews 20 reviews
17 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Gaze upon mountains and ocean as you take this scenic drive to Kona, but make a bathroom stop before you start your trek. Lots of the road travels alongside a military base and you may see helicopters training. No other way to drive to kona!

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Gans, Pennsylvania
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Awesome ride through Saddle Road. You get to see so many different sights through here and the road has been redone and is so much nicer to travel on. And it shortens the trip across the island :)

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