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Saddle Road

Hawaii Highway 200, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Ranked #11 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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Fort Wayne, Indiana
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

In the old days, well just a few years ago rental car companies banned you from driving this route from Waikoloa to Hilo, now it's nicely paved, taking you there faster and easier, don't forget to watch out for Goats, Donkey's and Army Hummmers along the way.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Great road to the other side of The Big Island, the road surface must be brand new, I put it in neutral all the way down on the Hilo side, great scenery. No services anywhere!

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Gaze upon mountains and ocean as you take this scenic drive to Kona, but make a bathroom stop before you start your trek. Lots of the road travels alongside a military base and you may see helicopters training. No other way to drive to kona!

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Gans, Pennsylvania
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Awesome ride through Saddle Road. You get to see so many different sights through here and the road has been redone and is so much nicer to travel on. And it shortens the trip across the island :)

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8 reviews 8 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The road is well maintained. You cannot stop for allot of it because it is a military training area. We left Hilo and thought we might be going on the wrong road but then it was marked a good 10 minutes into the drive.

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Toronto, Canada
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This is a wonderful driving experience, from being on sea level to 9300+ feet above in about 1.5hrs. From rolling lava fields to the largest mountain peak on the planet, it makes for an incredible trip. Also its the fastest way back from Hilon, and the views coming into Kona are amazing.

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New Jersey
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Follow the signs and you will be on your way. Be careful driving and you will be in for a great experience. GO!!

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Jacksonville, North Carolina
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

definitely a short cut from Hilo to Kona, but no stops along the way! no cell service part of the way - emergency phones located every mile...beautiful scenery - didn't like traveling the road at night

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Tupelo, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Not really any scenery, but it is a good way to get across the island in a hurry. We took the road from Hilo heading to Mauna Kea summit, and we were glad we did. There is very little traffic so the ride seemed short and sweet.

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Hood River, Oregon
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This is the best route to take for getting across the island. It's a bit dicey on the Hilo side when it winds through some tight turns, but it opens up wide with good markings and smooth asphalt from the "middle" through to the Kona area. We drove over 900 miles during our week here... went over Saddle Road twice.

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