Saddle Road, Kailua-Kona

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#1 of 8 in Scenic Drive in Island of Hawaii
Built to move military troops across the island post-Pearl Harbor attacks, Saddle Road will delight you with scenic views--provided you drive it on a sunny, fog-free day. Once dangerous and poorly maintained, the highway has been reconstructed to provide for a safer driving experience--it's one of the greatest road trip options in Hawaii. Saddle Road is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Kailua-Kona Edition.
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  • October 4, 2017
    Such a great improvement in this road! I love driving this road between Maura Loa and Maura Kea on the way to Hilo. Be prepared for no services, no eateries, and no tourist stops along the way! Fine w...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    I was astounded by the staggering landscape whilst travelling along the Saddle Road. On occasions it appeared to be desert-like then it would turn into a “moon-scape”. All the while looking up at gian...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    Vast improvement over the Old Saddle Road. You can still encounter fog and rain but now the road lines are well defined and the dips and curves eliminated. Miss seeing the "Menehune Walls" but the adv...  more »

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