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Mauna Kea Summit

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Address: , Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Description: At 13,796 feet, this peak offers an incredible view of lava, desert, the...
At 13,796 feet, this peak offers an incredible view of lava, desert, the valley and Mauna Loa.
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On Top of the World

The view from this summit is one of the most spectacular in the world. People from the Dark Ages were blocking the roads for a while, but they are open again. A must visit... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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Waimea
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282 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

The view from this summit is one of the most spectacular in the world. People from the Dark Ages were blocking the roads for a while, but they are open again. A must visit place.

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crescent beach, british columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

To climb the highest mountain in the world Mauna Kea (about 35,000ft from the sea bottom) has long been on my bucket list, and I did it last year with my wife and with the aid of a Ford Focus rental car. This latter is not recommended, not for steepness or rough quality of the road (BC coastal gravel roads... More 

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Magnolia, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

This mountain is the tallest in the world (from the sea floor to the top) There is a small glacier lake on the way up that is point of interest. If you ask the attendant at the visitor center they can indicate the location of it which is about 1/2 mile walk from your parked car. Not recommend for people... More 

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Beijing, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

If the observatory made a special effort to connect computer monitors to the telescopes and let visitors see something then it would be more meaningful. We paid extra to rent a 4WD Jeep, drove up on a Saturday afternoon to go to the observatory in the afternoon and then stuck around for the star-gazing but decided against it after seeing... More 

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Aiea, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

The ride from Waikaloa Village to Maunakea was only a out 40 minutes. Follow the posted speed limits as we were told there are many speed traps along the way. We only went as far as the Visitor Center as we had our granddaughters with us who were 10 and 7. I think you have to be at least 16... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

So close to civilisation but this is a wild place, raw mother nature at her most beautiful. You feel how isolated, bleak, changeable and scary mountain tops can be yet only a short drive back to you comfortable hotel.

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Torrance, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Timed it just right; got to the visitor center about 30 minutes before sunset, which gave us enough time to climb the hill across the way and watch the sky change above the clouds. It was about 50 degrees which was a nice change from the heat and humidity for an evening. Then we were able to look through the... More 

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Glendale
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

I thought it was just ok. The night sky wasn't as amazing as I thought it would be. If you don't mind driving and you have the right vehicle for it and you can't find something else to do, than you should do it. I did mine through a tour which made it really pricey and not really worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We drove up to the summit of Mauna Kea last week, it was wonderful. It made me feel I'm on Mars. Big wasteland. We waited for two hours for the sunset (we arrived too early), and it was super cold, so don't forget to bring everything that you can wear. The sunset is something that I will never forget. After... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Chickened out of final drive from visitor centre due to car rental agreement, but the drive just up to this point is still great & loved the vis centre area anyway where a couple of short walks are available. The evening astronomy viewing offered at the vis centre looks impressive but we didn't stay til dark so will have to... More 

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