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Address: Hawaii Highway 200, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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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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Riding through the middle of Hawaii on Saddle Road was very different as it was a transition from Desert to Rain Forest in about 2 hours. Most of the ride was lava rock....fields... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Riding through the middle of Hawaii on Saddle Road was very different as it was a transition from Desert to Rain Forest in about 2 hours. Most of the ride was lava rock....fields and fields of it. There were beautiful mountain views in the distance. It is definitely nice to have this road for getting around the island. It made... More 

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Islamorada, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Good drive with the Hawaii Revealed Tour Book. Covers all of the sites and very helpful with directions.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Recommended by a local to take from Hilo to Waikoloa. Would not want to drive this road in the dark! Areas are foggy with minimal visibility. Not a lot of traffic noted in the late afternoon. Views when road not foggy are beautiful. Drive in 4th gear on the way down!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Good road but foggy and low visibility in parts. Wasn't too crowded. Can reduce travel time depending on your location.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

They're recently paved this highway and it took us 45 minutes from Hilo to Waikoloa. This was way quicker than going all the away through Honokaa.

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Gates, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

The volcanoes were shrouded in clouds on my trip. Even so, Saddle Rd is definitely worth the trip. Make sure to stop and take in the splender of the landscape with the lava flows.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

Nice, paved road with less windy, narrow roads than the "highway." We enjoyed most of the drive. Half of the path is two lanes and it has a higher speed limit than the highway, so it significantly cuts down on the drive time from Hilo to Waikoloa and vice versa. Warning: As tourists, we were discouraged from taking this route... More 

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yakima wa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

this was a drive we had never made before, you see another aspect of hawaii island. it takes you into hilo town and is fast and easy. we have always used other routes but this one was nice. if you have never traveled it, do so.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Was a nice drive .We drove it at night and it is very dark. I would love to drive it in the day but we did not get a chance.

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Austin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Very interesting drive with varied scenery. Good during good weather, mornings or day time. Wouldn't recommend it at night or during a storm.

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