Terrifying Roads for Adventurous Drivers

By Marisa Lascala - 2014-01-24T18:57:01Z

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Saddle Road


Risk Factor: A combination of vision-obscuring fog, narrow lanes, rough roads, and a series of one-lane bridges once made Hawaii's Route 200 so dangerous that some rental car companies would forbid customers from driving their cars on it. Much work has been done to widen the narrow roadway and re-pave the roughest portions, but the low visibility and single-lane bridges are still a problem.

Why you might be tempted to drive it anyway: The highway got its nickname, the Saddle Road, for being the "saddle" in between the Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea volcanoes, providing roadway access to the observatories that branch off of Route 200. The Mauna Kea State Recreation Area on Saddle Road offers views of the volcanoes as well as a picnic area.

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