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Address: Hawaii Highway 200, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
Phone Number: 8089356268
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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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Stunning views, great road, VERY dark at night.

Ignore any reviews or blogs that say this road is poor. It has been newly paved VERY recently and is in excellent shape. It can get foggy sometimes and is really dark and desolate... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Ottawa, Canada
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37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Ignore any reviews or blogs that say this road is poor. It has been newly paved VERY recently and is in excellent shape. It can get foggy sometimes and is really dark and desolate at night, but there usually is cell coverage and if not, there are call boxes on the side of the road. The views of Mauna Loa... More 

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Austin, Texas
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8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Remember this road is on the largest island in the United States. I drove 971 miles during the week we toured the Big Island we really got around! We used this road more than once and had no trouble at all but be sure to gas up and I wish you the best of weather on your journey. Next time... More 

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Eureka, California
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Just a long road and fast route between Hilo and Kona, boring and not much to see. There is one reststop along the way, however it is only about 1 1/2 hours. And the weather dropped a bit down into the 50+.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I was concerned before driving along this road because of some of the reviews I had read. Maybe we were lucky because the weather was good and we didn't get caught in fog or heavy rain, but I would say the road is of excellent quality nearly all the way across (from East to West), and I can't understand why... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Now it's fast & beautiful! Before it was slow & winding, my wife used to get sick. It going to be even better once they finish Hilo side bypass.

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Dallas, Texas
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16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Quite similar to New Mexico/West Texas which is surprising for the tropics. Road in great shape. Great way to get from Kona to Hilo

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Polk, Pennsylvania
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11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Main road to get to get around island, hilly but smooth ride. Take some pictures of past lava flows . Bring rain gear can be very wet on other side

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Redwood City, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Trust me , your rental car can do this even if you are warned not to. Just gas up and make sure you have basic supplies and a cell phone if you need it. I have done this road many times. If you are a birdwatcher, Owls, Hawks and other birds are NUMEROUS. I do this road EVERY time I... More 

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Yorktown, Virginia
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22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Saddle Road is the newest and best road on the Big Island. It provides a good shortcut to go between Kona and Hilo. We used it when we went to Hilo for an early morning helicopter flight over the Kilauea volcano, a do not miss attraction!. In addition to a great road, we were treated to an amazing sunrise... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

It goes in-between the two volcanoes. Mouna Loa and Mouna Kea, but you can rarely see much of either because of the clouds. Good views of the Kona coast as you approach Kailua. It is the fastest way to get from Hilo to Kailua Kona or vice versa. About a 2 hour trip. Recently fixed up and paved. You didn't... More 

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