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Address: Hawaii Highway 200, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Activities: Driving
Description: Built in 1942, this 53-mile long road is extremely dangerous with its...
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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Coasting Saddle Road, What a Ride!

Was pleasantly surprised to find out they they've paved this road. In the past, rentals cars were warned not to take this route. It's so beautiful, and the vastness of the Big... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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madrid
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49 reviews 49 reviews
6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Was pleasantly surprised to find out they they've paved this road. In the past, rentals cars were warned not to take this route. It's so beautiful, and the vastness of the Big Island is so breathtaking. Be sure to fill up your tank at the gas station before you head out from Kona as there's no services until you hit... More 

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Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

This is the road No.200, you can go as an alternative to No.19 to reach Hilo to Kona. The view is very nice, but if necessary we must evaluate travel times. If you`ve the time available,it`s worth. When I crossed I,for several miles I did not cross anyone.

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Riding between the 3 mountains is a beautiful sight. And now the road has been straightened and widened and it only takes 55 mnutes to get to Hilo!! No gas or car services along the way, and there are some 'dead' spots for cell phone services.

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Hawaii
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

When I was a youngster, my dad was hospitalized for two years in Hilo. We lived in on a coffee farm in Kona and my mother insist that we visit my dad every weekend. Thus, the fastest way from Kona to Hilo was the Saddle Road. If you've ever driven the Pacific Coast Highway in California, or the Road to... More 

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Alabama
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The road construction of Saddle Road located in the Big Island of Hawaii has been completed and is very passable. Most of the rental car companies now allow you travel across Saddle Road. Saddle Road is a short cut between Kona and Waimea and/or Hilo. But, don’t bypass Waimea. It is a nice little town that is lush green because... More 

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Rochester, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The road is a little narrow and windy, but it is such a beautiful ride -- you have to do it. we had a a jeep and had no problems at all.

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Portland, Oregon
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Really cuts the travel time going from Kona to Hilo side. Since the road improvement, the two lanes really help and make traveling a breeze. It's also really cool when passing atop Mauna Kea, the view is amazing.

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Magnolia, Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

It is probable the most direct route across the island. Very scenic as well. It takes about 45 min off the drive and it is not as curvy for those who have motion sickness issues.

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Munford, Tennessee
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

Yes, if you get the honor of being on Big Island, this is a most place to be! It's truly amazing what beauty is within our grasp. Hawaii has to be the best kept secret & I will be back.

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Phoenix
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

We were apprehensive to go to Hilo on this road even though we knew it was now paved. Some recent reviews made it seem like it would still be nerve wracking. Turns out it was a completely normal road and a nice drive. Drizzled briefly. Don't be afraid!

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Address: Address: Hawaii Highway 200, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Kailua-Kona

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