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.

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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!

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