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Address: Hawaii Highway 200, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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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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The new highway over this area is open, safe and splendid! No driving worries! Watch the speed limits! Traps abound! But you will be treated to views of the two high peaks... read more

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Denver, Colorado
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96 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The new highway over this area is open, safe and splendid! No driving worries! Watch the speed limits! Traps abound! But you will be treated to views of the two high peaks on the big island barring VOG and you will get a true understanding that this is a many splendored place! It's not Gillian's island. It's a swath of... More 

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Thank ColoradoBen1
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89 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We took this road from Kona to Hilo. We made a stop at the Mauna Kea visitor center but didn't go to the top. We took a short hike and were able to view Mauna Loa and Kohala. It's at least a fast way to get across the island but beware the road construction and gravel.

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Thank Kimraem
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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84 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have driven Saddle Road for the last thirty years.....the road is now quicker, smoother, and safer. There are a few hiking trails on the way along with a newly Upgraded rest area that includes a children's play area. There is still a few miles of road construction near Hilo that needs to be completed....so, depending on when your traveling,... More 

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Chehalis, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Not much to say..its a road... Nice drive and scenery.They were doing road work when we were there in Jan-Feb.2017 so a little backup,but not bad...and you had to drive on sections of unpaved road which was very bumpy at times.

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Thank ricoman1
Austin, Texas, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Going either direction is an interesting and drive but beware construction is currently being done on the Hilo side (Feb. 2017) to make access to this road better. Highway is in good shape otherwise. Prepare for clouds/fog and mist at higher elevations. Also, trip from top to the Kona side has a grade in one location at 12%. Very interesting... More 

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kailua-kona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

back in the day saddle road was a lane and ahalf we routinely drove it at 80mph not a cop in sight!!! the new saddle is so much nicer an your not taking your life in your hands to drive it,, There is still work being done on the Hilo side but it is wide an sweeping with a small... More 

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Whitefish, Montana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We drove the Saddle Road from Hilo to Kona yesterday and we were summiting as the sun started going down. I don't think I've ever seen such a glorious sunset in all my life. It was simply amazing. So big and in our face! We are so happy to have put up with the road construction on the other side... More 

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Atlanta
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106 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Nothing to see. It is the best route between Kona and Hilo thought. Construction on the Hilo side now.

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Hawaii
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235 reviews
81 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is THE road to take when going between Hilo and Kona - not just because it is the fastest route, but because it takes you through a number of the island's eco-zones and gives you the best views of cinder cones and the various and largest island volcanoes and mountains. I never get tired of it.

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Thank Globaljoan
Wake Forest, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 217 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It's a nice short cut to get between Hilo and the West side with some nice views. Be aware there is a realignment project in process which currently has a few miles of the road as fairly smooth packed gravel and occasionally parts of it may be single lane with flagging to allow traffic in one direction at a time.

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