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Saddle Road

Hawaii Highway 200, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Ranked #6 of 35 Attractions in Kailua-Kona
Type: Scenic Drives, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
Activities: Driving
Owner description: Built in 1942, this 53-mile long road is extremely dangerous with its...
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Type: Scenic Drives, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
Activities: Driving
Owner 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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Tucson, Arizona
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

We drove to Hilo from Kona and utilized Saddle road on the way over. It's a nice wide road..the scenary is very nice and there is a public park about half way to Hilo..Very nice

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Seattle, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Gone are the days when your rental car policy forbade you to drive on Saddle Road. Now it is a great and speedy way to get from Kona to Hilo efficiently. That said, the long way around is much more scenic, so only take the Saddle Road when time is of the essence.

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San Antonio
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

New road is excellent, great views and you can drive a reasonable speed to get from Kona to Hilo. We were on the road some at night, pretty dark.

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Peoria, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

Don't pay attention to the warnings about bad road conditions. This is an easy drive, with a stop at 9,000 feet on Mauna Kea.

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Manteca
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5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

nice road and quicker travel, no scenery to speak of but we did stop at the observation visitor center. Interesting. No restrooms on the road at all.

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Philadelphia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We took this road at least four times during our five day stay on the Big Island. We used it to reach the Mauna Kea summit. It is well paved but steep in some places so you can really pick up speed if you coast. The access is by the Daniel Inouye highway from the Kona side. This is a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Travelled thirsted as part of the Forest and Trail twilight volcano tour. The difference in the environment and the flora made it an interesting trip

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Melbourne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

It was raining and getting dark as we left Hilo and had a bit of trouble finding the start of the road. Took a few wrong turns. Once on the saddle road we thought it was good. Has the longest stretch of straight, steep down hill highway we have driven on. in the conditions we were surprised how quickly some... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

You get some unique views from this road. You are going in between two of Hawaii's largest mountains, As you go across several lava flows you'll see vegetation change. You won't see anything like it on any islands.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Make good time connecting to opposite side Big Island on practically perfect road. Observe environmental zones on the way, or pullout and low-impact picnic (many safe areas). Quiet, thought provoking: another perspective of paradise.

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