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Address: Hawaii Highway 200, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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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A much shorter trip to Hilo.

Saddle Road has been greatly improved over the last few years. The road is in good shape but watch out for the fog and drive carefully. Even in the fog it is still a good deal... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Saddle Road has been greatly improved over the last few years. The road is in good shape but watch out for the fog and drive carefully. Even in the fog it is still a good deal shorted than the coast road.

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

We stayed in Hilo in March and made several trips across the island both day and night. The saddle road is new and very smooth. The reflectors make it very easy to see where you are going even at night. The cloud can get very low and there was one day when you could not see a car length ahead... More 

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Chicago
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

If you are going to/from Volcano National Park, this is the better route. Newer, faster and with better scenery, in my opinion.

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London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

This is an interesting but scary drive especially in poor visibility. Check the weather if you can, otherwise you drive in low cloud for several miles

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Port Coquitlam, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Our family travelled from Waikoloa area to Hilo, and onto Volcano. The drive was beautiful. Its a new road as of 2013, I believe, and easy to drive. You pass between the 2 volcanos, Maunakea and Maunaloa. The road is a little curvy, but not much, until nearing the Hilo side. You can easily see where the new road ends... More 

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Chicopee, Massachusetts
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Worth the drive and incredible views of the volcanoes, clouds, and landscape! The road conditions were great and plenty of places to pull over if you need too. One piece of advice is to get gas before starting on the road.

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18 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

My partner and I travel to Kona about once a month and always take the Saddle Road. The road is smooth and well maintained and you drive between two volcanoes. It's also the quickest route between Hilo and Kona.

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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41 reviews 41 reviews
5 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This road is the fastest way to Holo side and so pleasant to use...no more potholes and block vision!

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Hopped on the 'new' saddle road to get to VNP, easily averaged 70 miles an hour for 90% of the journey. We were never on the old road because of rental car restrictions, but this one is as good as any highway in the country now. Lots of passing lanes to get around slow moving vehicles. got to VNP in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Of course not! This is between the two largest mountains on Hawaii island. Mauna Loa is the largest mountain on earth. Second only to one on Mars. You could put 20 Mt. Everests within its bulk. To travel between it and Mauna Kea is quite something. Vast vistas of the newest earth, drive to the 9300ft level to visit the... More 

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