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Saddle Road

Hawaii Highway 200, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Ranked #10 of 47 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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Kountze, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Great way to get across the Big Island. We drove from Kona's extensive, barren lava fields through mountains in the clouds into the lush north side of the island. What a diverse landscape

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Dacula, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

An amazing drive. Towering Mauna Kea on one side, and humongous Mauna Loa on the other. One of the best ways to see these two volcanoes. And the fastest way from one side of the island to the other!

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Hartwell, Georgia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW via mobile

The drive don't take too long. But you cant stop taking pictures once on the rd. Its gorgeous lava rocks all down the 50 mile Rd to Kona. Beautiful mountains and its cold going up 6000 elevation. You can mea kea with the snow peaks.

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Scipio, Indiana, United States
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

So much to see Breath Taking wild life just everywhere . Big mountains Drive above the clouds, make sure you have full tank of gas , so peaceful but no gas stations

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Dayton,Ohio USA
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

It was a long drive and the afternoon and evening we did it it was quite foggy. They have recently repaved it and it is a pretty good road. We were heading from Hilo to Mauna Kea Visitor Center. If I go back I would do the entire road but earlier in the day.

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Pierre, SD
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

All travel info said not to take this road but a local bus driver said the locals use it all the time and instructed us in how to back to Kona using this short cut. It has evidently been recently revamped because it was a smooth wide road over the mountains. The terrain was so interesting compared to the lava... More

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Winnipeg, Canada
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84 reviews 84 reviews
9 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We took Saddle Road from Hilo to Kona. On this stretch of road, we went from an almost rain forest type climate, up through the hills, into barren lava landscape, into the cool mountains, through the clouds (the kids loved this part), dark skies and rains, and then into the tropics. If you like to drive and experience changing climates,... More

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Warrenton, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Wide smooth highway, 55mph speed limit most of the way. We were warned that it is a speed trap so set cruise control at 58 and had no hassels.

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San Francisco, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

It is fantastic that they improved this road. Made for a wonderful drive. It is something not to miss if you go there. Thank-you Big Island !

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Calgary, Canada
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97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

The newer part of this road is a pleasure to drive. Be warned that it may not appear on your map or GPS and there isn't any helpful signage. There are still parts of the road that are narrow and winding and fog is not uncommon. If you are not a confident driver, but need to be on this road... More

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