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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
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We went around the island and hit a few spots. We ended up going stargazing up at the summit. We decided to take saddle road to cut thru since we were staying in Kona. The road was great, we had no issues. It was a smooth and quick drive back to Kona.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We all traveled around to Hilo and took this road to head back to Kona. As tired as we were from a long day of adventure, no one could keep their eyes off the beautiful sights. There were goats on the hills, beautiful small volcanos...just amazing. Take the drive, you won't regret it.

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O'Fallon, Missouri
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55 reviews 55 reviews
34 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Anyone that says that there's anything at all daunting about Saddle Road must not have driven it recently. We decided to take Saddle Road from Mauna Lani Bay to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and are very glad we did. Not only does it offer good views of the island, but it's a short, easy drive. We went around the southern... More

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Chicago
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I remember driving this road years ago when it was an adventure. I then remember driving this numerous times while it was under reconstruction. Now, most rental car companies (if not all) have removed the route from its forbidden list . I flew from Kona to LA a couple times with some crews doing the road. They had some great... More

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Bangor, Maine
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Took this road yesterday....by mistake actually and it turned out to be a great mistake. It was fine...no issues and it was a beautiful drive. Got caught in some heavy downpour.... Road was fine. Route 37 in British Columbia is 100 times worse than this. Worth the drive. Take the time to see the sights....get off the highways....well worth it!

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The rental car companies used to forbid renters froim driving on Saddle Road. I don't know if that's true anymore. It can be VERY foggy (like you can't see anything) at the summit. But it's not particularly windy. No services (i.e. no gas) and if your car breaks down on the road, you'll pay a fortune to be towed.

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Pleasanton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This road has been repaved and has reflectors. It hasbeen names 200 and also after a senator. Confusing but in Perfrct driving condition.

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Tawatinaw, Alberta, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I'm a bit of an adrenaline junkie, so riding as a passenger on the Saddle Road was a blast. Watching the road simply disappear as the highway hugged the contours of the earth, dropping as it turns the corner was fun! There are lots of dips that make your tummy drop (my favorite thing!). My boyfriend's experience as the driver... More

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Milwaukee, WI
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9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

While the road itself is nicely paved, the weather is unpredictable. We were caught in a rain cloud and had about 6 inches of visibility for 20 minutes. It was very tense. We also got stopped due to an accident for 45 minutes because it is so remote to get emergency vehicles to and there are no alternate routes.

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We live on the big island and this is a wonderful addition to the island. To get to Hilo used to involve a road that was less than comfortable. With the new Saddle Road, we are able to get there in record time and it has beautiful scenery!

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