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Mauna Kea Summit

Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Ranked #2 of 51 Attractions in Kailua-Kona
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Mountains
Description: At 13,796 feet, this peak offers an incredible view of lava, desert, the valley and Mauna Loa.
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New York City, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

I was a little nervous about the trip up the mountain, (I get a bit spooked on high cliffs!)but it was fine. We went with Hawaii Forest & Trails and the guide was helpful and informative. It's a long day, a bumpy ride at times, and not a trip we would have done our selves. I felt better knowing the... More

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Honolulu
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105 reviews 105 reviews
10 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Beautiful sunsets. But the drive is very rough. Four wheel drive a must. Better to take a tour, Best tour company is Hawaii Forest & Trail. Star gazing after sunset is amazing.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Spent the morning taking a trip to the top of Mauna Kea. This is one of my favorite activities on the Big Island. The stop at the Visitor Center allows us to get acclimated to the altitude and enjoy the parks small but very informative info center. The short video presentation really sets up the trip to the top. Hard... More

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Oak Ridge, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Spectacular adventure...guide was so knowledgable about Big Island history, views were spectacular, night sky gazing was unforgetable...pricey but so worth it

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

The drive up to the summit, while rocky and steep, was not as bad as people would lead you to believe, assuming you go when there is little to no cloud cover and it is not snowing. The panoramas are some of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring sights you may ever encountered in your life. You will end up above... More

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Georgetown, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Nothing to dislike here! The drive to the summit is a little bumpy for a few miles but the views and sunset are breathtaking.

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Toronto, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

The experience of going up this mountain is incredible. Awesome views from the top. You are alive the clouds at this height. They recommend a 4wd vehicle (even AWD they say it's insufficient), no children under 16, and that you take an hour at the visitor center to acclimatize to the elevation (14000 ft at the summit). We went with... More

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Vancouver, Washington
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

Traveling from sea level and 85 degrees to over 12000 feet and 27 degrees was an experience in itself. But when the sun set, and the clouds at your feet reflected the colors, this is where the term "awesome" makes sense. You stand in total awe of the beauty around you from this barren peak. Some of the world's largest... More

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Riverbank, California, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

We drove up this on a sunny day, I can not imagine driving this at night. Great views from the top and above the cloud line. We did get bombarded by flies at the top, they landed all over the car and us when we tried to see the view. I was not able to stay at the top too... More

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Boortmeerbeek, Belgium
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

Make sure to do this drive on a sunny day otherwise your views can be ruined, although even with clouds it's an amazing experience. Rest around 30 minutes at the visitor center and you'll be fine. We had a Dodge Journey (no AWD or 4x4) and the drive up/down was very easy. On a dry day, a 4x4 ain't necessary,... More

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