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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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A Road On Top Of The World

While this main road is always open, the side spur to the top of of Mauna Kea may not be, so if you want to drive to some 13,800ft to touch snow in Hawaii (!?!), you might want to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Grass Valley, California
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Grass Valley, California
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126 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

While this main road is always open, the side spur to the top of of Mauna Kea may not be, so if you want to drive to some 13,800ft to touch snow in Hawaii (!?!), you might want to check first to confirm if it's open or closed (due to high winds or snow). Regardless, Saddle Road is wide, safe,... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you feel like a drive and want to see several different landscapes take this drive. We started on the West side and drove to Hilo, starts as being a open and you can see for miles and ending up in a rain forest, well worth the drive.

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San Francisco, California
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I must have crossed this 4 times in the 3 weeks I was lucky enough to be on the Big Island. I had heard this road was so bad, that car rental companies did not let you drive your rental cars across. May have been true a long time ago but it is a perfectly nice two lane road across... More 

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Kansas
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This road has been updated and is almost like an interstate highway. The uphill start from Kona or Hilo is 2 lanes going up and 1 coming down. The middle section converts back to 2 lanes, 1 each direction. The speed limit is 55 but traffic is usually flowing around 75. Watch out for police as we saw 2 giving... More 

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LaSalle, Canada
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Bad rap, but a really good road. Good visability, wide lanes. Good views of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea.You'll pass the military bases where they practice with live artillery.

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new york, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Nice view of volcanoes and smooth rode. Cuts a little time off your ride across to hilo. I took the long way and Saddle road. both were fine to me

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Thank Chuck S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I just love this road & it sure makes it easier and less time going over to Kona. I don't get car sick anymore. Just love it.

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Granada Hills, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What an adventure. You drive in all climates and plants. You will see wild turkeys, grassland, cactus, sun and rain. Every five minutes it will change.

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Liberty, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We ended up on Saddle Road on our way from Waimea to Mauna Kea to watch the sunset. I was a little concerned at first but the farther we went, the better the road got. By the end it was like a ride, up and down, making your stomach feel funny and we were laughing. So glad we had this... More 

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Burnsville, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I remember coming to big island in 70's 80's and 90's and rental companies forbidding the use of rental cars on saddle road. Now it is rebuild and called senator Daniel Inouye Hwy. it is a fast way to Hilo from Kona and Waikoloa. It is also the way to mona kea. Near Hilo it is fun drive as downhill... More 

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