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Saddle Road

Address: Hawaii Highway 200, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Ranked #69 of 207 Activities in Kailua-Kona
Type: Scenic Drives, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Outdoor Activities, Sights & 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, Outdoor Activities, Sights & 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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San antonio
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

A great drive with good views. Smooth straight shot out to/from Hilo. No rest stops! Hit the restroom before you head out on this drive. Not very scenic at night, unless you love star gazing! This is also the way to Mauna Kea summit drive.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

The drive is mainly a shortcut from east to west. However, this is also a serving of "wild, natural Hawaii" not often seen around the resort areas. The fog can be dense, calling for careful driving but also a reminder of the mystery that is Hawaii. The legends of the menehune are fun to recall on that dark road. Good... More 

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Castlewellan, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Many years ago, on my visit to the Big Island, you could not drive your hire car along Saddle Road. Now it has been re-named after Hawai'i's esteemed Senator Daniel Inouye and is a joy to drive. It climbs out of ranch country at Waikoloa, through sheep land and lava fields to arrive in Hilo. The trip from Waikoloa takes... More 

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Wilbraham, Massachusetts
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

...but somewhat boring. It does cut a lot of time off the trip from the west to east side of the island, but it doesn't offer much in the way of exciting scenery. Also, be very careful if you're driving the road at dusk/early evening, particularly at the high elevations--the road is shrouded in fog and it's nearly impossible to... More 

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Fremont, California
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59 reviews 59 reviews
16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

The new Inouye highway makes this road an easy ride to and from Hilo from the west coast. speed limits 55 mph for most of the road till you get near Hilo

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Ann Arbor
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64 reviews 64 reviews
20 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

This is the best route to take from Kona to Hilo. It cuts directly through the middle of two mountains. If you catch it right you might be able to see snow in Hawaii. I thought that was what we came to get away from?

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Chicago, Illinois
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295 reviews 295 reviews
42 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015 via mobile

An easy and most beautiful drive from Hilo to Kona. The road has been improved in recent years and is nearly new/smooth pavement the entire way. We found the drive on Christmas Day 2014 to be serene and peaceful, and other reviews/reports of potholes, sharp turns, and steep descents entirely unfounded....don't let those reviews keep you away. There are a... More 

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Hilo, Hawaii
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93 reviews 93 reviews
28 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

This road is not heavily traveled even though it cuts at least a half an hour off your time to travel between Hilo and Kona. It is a pretty drive, too. You gain and lose quite a bit of altitude in the journey, and in winter, you will be using your car heater over the summit. The only down side... More 

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Vancouver
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351 reviews 351 reviews
79 attraction reviews
330 helpful votes 330 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Although there is not a lot to see in Hilo (a shrinking town with only one restaurant), the drive on the upgraded saddle road is a great experience.

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Calgary, Canada
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64 reviews 64 reviews
27 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

To be honest at first we weren't sure about this road ... I think we had been reading some older comments and descriptions of this road from a few years ago when it used to be in bad shape and 4WD only. A local mentioned it had been repaired and we should take it as a means to get to... More 

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