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Saddle Road

Hawaii Highway 200, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Ranked #10 of 50 Attractions in Kailua-Kona
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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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Montreal, Canada
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54 reviews 54 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

We drove it day and night with no problems what so ever. At no point did it seem dangerous. Nicely paved.

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Chicago, Illinois
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

For those who have been to Hawaii before, the Saddle Road is now paved all the way and a valid alternative to get from one side of the island to the other.

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Hertford, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

The quickest route across the Island. Spectacular view of MaunaKea if the fog lifts. Excellent road surface, ignore the ridiculous speed limits and scoot along!

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Springfield, Virginia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We landed at Hilo airport at 9 PM and drove our rental car to Kona via Saddle Road. It was a very foggy and rainy night. There were 4 adults in the car and we all took turns driving- each one of us was white knuckled during our designated driving time. The road is lit up like an airport runway... More

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California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Newly paved, no traffic, goes around Mauna kea the majestic tallest mountain in the world (from the sea floor), late afternoon fog/mist moves in can have visibility issues, it cuts short 1/2 hr drive to Hilo from Kona side, pleasant drive, watch goats/horses grazing, hawks fly by, lovely drive.

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Kailua Kona, Hi
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52 reviews 52 reviews
13 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The old Saddle Road was so poor that the rental car companies forbid you from driving this route across the island. Now it is a beautiful flowing gentle drive connecting the East and West sides of the Big Island. There are also wonderful views of the volcanoes and of the coast lines as you approach each side.

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Magdalena, New Mexico
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Traveling across some of the greatest volcanic country. I found it boring, very little to see, while the roads along the coast are spectacular. I am surprised to see that it is considered an attraction.

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Denver
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Yes, the Saddle road is much improved, and there's no need to fear driving your rental car on it anymore. It's still two lanes much of the way and can be treacherous when fog/vog rolls in. But it's the fastest way from Kona to Hilo and you shouldn't be afraid to take it. Beware, though! Many maps, including AAA's and... More

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Chandler, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We traveled it at night and had no problem at all. Recommend as shortcut back to other side of island.

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Gorgeous view coming from Hilo to Kona in the morning where you feel like you can almost see both sides of the island. Smooth and safe road unlike years ago.

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