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Address: Hawaii Highway 200, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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+1 808-935-6268
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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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Island Majesty

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... read more

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Hawaii
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257 reviews
93 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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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Wake Forest, North Carolina
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123 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 215 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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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Cedar Hills, Utah
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34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It is a really nice road except for a short distance where they are doing construction. Not sure why I am rating a road and the coasts are much more scenic but this is a faster route from Kona to Hilo.

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Calgary
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Except about 5 miles section still under construction, it's a very good road, well constructed and driver friendly. Traveling during the dark hours is easy. Lines are very wall marked so even driving at night and in the rainy conditions haven't been a difficult task.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

this is a beautiful scenic road with minor inconvenience on the Hilo side due to improvement of the "wiggly" part of the road. It will be great when finished. I was stopped for approximately 5 minutes and then we were guided through the section being improved by a "lead" vehicle. It really is not bad. close your windows due to... More 

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Glen Carbon, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great view of the central island. Only problem is that crews are still working on the road improvement on the Hilo side of the road. There are delays and you will have to drive on dusty, unpaved sections and could be subject to controlled traffic areas. There is no notice of this on the Kona side that I remember seeing.

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Hilo, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There are only 3 miles of construction. I'm surprised at the number of people complaining about it. I learned to drive on the Saddle Road in the 1950s, and know it, and all its later versions, well. People who say that there's nothing to see there perhaps drove it in fog or rain.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A small part of this road is still under construction, but the majority is very nice and is the best way to get across the Big Island. There's even a perfectly located rest stop with vending machines and bathrooms which was very nice and very well lit.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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141 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This road is much easier in the day time. There still can be dense fog and rain. There is a recreation area about half way that has restrooms. Some interesting landscapes along the way as well as a herd of feral sheep.

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Fremont, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Traveling the Big Island requires a fresh perspective on road travel when compared to the mainland. Patience is a virtue and slow down to enjoy the more relaxed pace in Hawaii. This road greatly simplifies getting to Mauna Kea or Hilo from the west side of the island. Enjoy the views and relax as you go from the "dry" side... More 

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