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Saddle Road

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Address: Hawaii Highway 200, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
Activities: Driving
Description: Built in 1942, this 53-mile long road is extremely dangerous with its...
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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Great day drive

It was amazing to drive between Mauna Loa and Mauna Key. Going to the other side of the island will also give you a whole different experience. We drove from Kona across Saddle... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Springfield
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

It was amazing to drive between Mauna Loa and Mauna Key. Going to the other side of the island will also give you a whole different experience. We drove from Kona across Saddle Road then along scenic highway north to Wailea. Great full day trip. Take the scenic views. We saw 5 great waterfalls!

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Lethbridge, Canada
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

We heard lots of things about Old Saddle Road....the new one is amazing! Nice, smooth pavement, and reflectors all the way!

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

This is a fantastic drive! We came from Hilo so it's winding, rainy, foggy and then clears off to this awesome open space, volcanos, goats huge open space. We found out afterwards we were not suppose to take the rented car there. A very cool diverse ride across the middle of the big island. It didn't take any longer than... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Don't read the older reviews.....this drive is now very easy, very well paved two lane blacktop with soft shoulder on both sides. We drove from Kona to Hilo, the whole length of the highway, plus. The whole trip took about 1.5 hours, with only a tad of speeding. I LOVE driving around on vacation, and this drive was easily one... More 

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Powell, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Reviews we read said the road was not in good shape. It is in very good shape and a quick way to get to Hilo.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

They have completely redone the Saddle Road it is a smooth modern Highway, all except the last 3 or 4 miles near Hilo. Don't fear taking the road.

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Salem
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Driving around the island is a great experience, but sometimes you spend so much time stopping and sightseeing along the way, the last thing you want to do is turn around and go back the way you came. With the Saddle Road imrprovements it is a treat. Just about an hour from one side to the other with great reflectors,... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

After hearing about the Saddle Road for so many years, I was disappointed. It has been upgrade and is the closest thing they have to an interstate. The speed limit is 55 mph through parts of the road. We had our cameras ready, but never stopped once. We are from Colorado, so we are spoiled with beautiful mountains. It is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Fun to drive! Good driving conditions but be aware of fog or low clouds, poses no problem if driven in a common-sense manner.

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Hillsboro, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Much better than we were expecting. Do drive carefully, as some people driving it, seem to value their lives far more than yours. Honestly, there were a few...but guess they can be everywhere. It was wetter and cooler up there, but it was refreshing to see the different weather types.

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