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Saddle Road

Hawaii Highway 200, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Ranked #9 of 51 Attractions in Kailua-Kona
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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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Durango, Colorado, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Last year, we took the Saddle Road from the Kona Coast over to Hilo and Volcanoes National Park. Great volcanic landscape and views down to ocean. A side drive up Mauna Kea, the highest point in Hawaii is available from the main highway, which has been improved and very comfortable to drive. There are shuttle trips, reasonably priced, for exploring... More

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Calgary
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

The travel books we had scared us off of Saddle Road with talk of "roller coaster road, poorly maintained, rental cars don't allow you to drive on it" but those were clearly quite out of date because the road is very well maintained. We drove Hawaii Belt Road from Kona to Hilo (2 hours+) but after a long day of... More

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Olympia, Washington
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33 reviews 33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

The road is in good shape and travels through open country between Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, both over 13,000 ft. The road itself summits at aprox 6500 ft but you have little sense of elevation. There's a good place to bird at Mile 21. Just park where the road is closed and walk across the lava to the fence.... More

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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

a great road compared to 25 years ago rest stop clean parks views are fantastic. a quick way to get from kona or hilo to the other side . reminded me of Yellowstone near the park area

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Yorba Linda, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Fascinating to get to see the changes in landscape; lush Hilo side, up the mountains, ending back in Kona with nothing but rocks!

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Birmingham, AL
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193 reviews 193 reviews
35 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

On previous visits we weren't thrilled by the road condition. However they have recently reworked Saddle road and it is much nicer. Definitely cuts down the drive time between Kona and Hilo.

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Niceville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

On Sept. 22, 2014, I took this road, more properly called "Daniel K. Inouye Highway" from Kona to Hilo. The Kona side is freshly paved, and is three lanes wide on the up slope (two going up, one coming down), two lanes across the top, and three lanes wide on the down slope (two going up, one coming down, just... More

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Bergamo, Italy
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

Panoramic road for island discovery. Mauna Kea is a must-do turn off this road: 4WD car suggested. No food or service along, but not a long way

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Clackamas, Oregon
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Renamed the Daniel K. Inouye Highway, the formerly dangerous Saddle Road is now a pleasure to drive. The route from Kona to Hilo takes about 2 hours, which is quicker than going through Waimea and down the Hamakua coast. On a clear day, you'll get wonderful views of Hilo, Kona, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa.

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Boortmeerbeek, Belgium
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Make sure to do this road and don't forget to get up Mauna Kea Summit. Leave early and use your time to explore the area at your own pace. The views you get are amazing and the environment changes dramatically once you start Saddle Road. Enjoy!

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