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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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Waikoloa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Since they redid this road, it is much safer, easy to drive and MUCH faster than going the long route.

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Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

This is a good road to take from Kailua Kona to Hilo. Saves a lot of time. Views of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa.

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Not an attraction per se. It connects the Big Island down the middle. The paved highway is a normal drive and not the "donkey path" dirt road it may be described as in outdated travail books and reviews.

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

fast and smooth drive, not a scary road at all, especially compared to north 30 highway on maui! nice scenery as well

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Anaheim, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Newly paved road makes this a lot easier and saves time getting to the other side of the island. Good way to get to Hilo

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Phoenix, Arizona
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

A rare treat in the Hawaiian islands -- an excellent, high speed road that cuts across the middle of the island. No lights, but if you are used to mountain driving, you can shave a lot of time off the Hilo-Kona drive, even at night. We took it from Hilo after an early dinner, plowed through the rain for the... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This IMO is the way to travel between Hilo and Kona and vice versa. I have driven both ways several times now and it doesn't get old. The road is in excellent condition. I have not driven it at night and I don't think it is recommended as there are no highway lights. The road is full of twisty turns... More

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Oviedo, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

A very easy commute thru Mouna Kea & Mouna Loa, with access to the Observatory Road. Places to pull over to sight see & take pictures. Watch your speed though. Unmarks like this road too!

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

There have been major improvements to most stretches of this road over the last few years. It's no longer off limits to rental cars (but check your contract to be sure!) and it's smooth and has adequate shoulders the whole way. It is a nice shortcut from Hilo to Kona or vice versa. Just make sure your brakes are good,... More

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Santa Barbara, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Going to and from Kona and Hilo this was fast and easy to drive. Make sure you gas up and use facilities as they are far between.

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