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Saddle Road

Hawaii Highway 200, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Ranked #10 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Apparently this road has been updated and people still don't like it? Really not a big deal. I drove from Hilo to Kona in dense fog and a light drizzle in a Nissan Versa and was just fine and had no probs. Thank you very much.

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Kapaau, Hawaii
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63 reviews 63 reviews
10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Thirty years ago it was dangerous and scarey. Since the recent improvements, we recommend this route from Hilo to Kona, except when low clouds settle on the valley between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. We have experienced visibility reduced to just 30 feet in the past. This makes for very cautious driving conditions.

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Bakersfield
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35 reviews 35 reviews
26 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Easy drive with a view of both volcanoes. Seeing the interior of the big island was worth the drive and it cut a half an hour off the trip from Hilo to Kailua-Kona.

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Waikoloa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

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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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

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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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

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
18 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

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 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

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
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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65 reviews 65 reviews
14 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
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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