The Highest Road In Hawaii Will Lead You On An Unforgettable Journey

From Hawaii Island to Kauai and everywhere in between, the Hawaiian Islands are home to countless incredible back roads perfect for a scenic drive. But there is one drive so phenomenal it needs to be on everyone’s Hawaii bucket list. The Mauna Kea Access Road takes you on an unforgettable — and potentially nerve-wracking — journey to more than 13,700 feet above sea level. It is not only the highest road in the Aloha State, but one of the highest paved roads in the world as well.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/

The only way to access this road is by driving along Hawaii Island’s Saddle Road — a highway that cuts through the center of the island has has been referred to as the state’s most dangerous road. Oh, and did we mention that you might find snow at Mauna Kea making your drive this winter impossible? Be sure to check weather forecasts and road conditions before you make any plans!