The 11 Best Backroads In Hawaii For A Long Scenic Drive
By Megan Shute|Updated on August 23, 2023(Originally published August 12, 2021)
With more than 10 years of experience as a professional writer, Megan holds a degree in Mass Media from her home state of Minnesota. After college, she chose to trade in her winter boots for slippahs and moved to the beautiful island of Oahu, where she has been living for more than five years. She lives on the west side but is constantly taking mini-road trips across the island and visits the neighboring islands whenever she can getaway. She loves hiking, snorkeling, locally-grown coffee, and finding the best acai bowl on Oahu.
Throughout the Hawaiian Islands, you will find unsurpassed natural beauty everywhere you go. While there are some wonders that can only be seen via strenuous hiking trails or crazy expensive helicopter tours, there are others that simply require a vehicle. Even though we can’t take a traditional road trip like our friends on the mainland, the Aloha State home to several incredibly stunning backroads in Hawaii just waiting for our next scenic drives – and we can almost guarantee that our views are better especially on the best scenic drives in Hawaii that we could find:
Which of the best scenic drives in Hawaii is your favorite? Have you done them all? Let us know in the comments below!
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What’s the longest road in Hawaii?
The Hawaii Belt Road, or Mamalahoa Highway, on Hawaii Island is the longest road in the Aloha State. At more than 260 miles, it loops the Big Island and connects Waimea, Hilo, Kailua/Kona, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
What is the scariest road in Hawaii to drive?
Many people think that Kahekili Highway is a scary and intimidating highway to drive in Hawaii. Kahekili Highway is a one lane road that is surrounded by rock walls on one side, and a sheer cliff on the other. This drive is not for the faint of heart! If it’s been raining, watch out for slick pavement, and mud and rock slides. Even though this is a one lane road, traffic travels in both directions, so keep your eyes peeled!