Take An Unforgettable Drive To The Top Of Hawaii’s Highest Mountain

Hawaii is full of majestic mountain peaks and lush valleys, but there is one summit that stands tall above the rest. Mauna Kea, or Mauna a Wakea in Hawaiian culture, is Hawaii’s tallest peak, but also one of the most fascinating mountains in the Pacific. To reach the summit of this towering mountain, take the Mauna Kea Access Road for an unforgettable — and potentially nerve-wracking — journey to more than 13,700 feet above sea level. It not only leads you to the summit of the Aloha State’s highest mountain but is one of the highest paved roads in the world as well. Let’s explore, shall we?

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Depending on the time of year, you might find snow at the summit of Mauna Kea, so be sure to check out road and weather conditions before you head out.

Have you ever driven to the summit of Mauna Kea? Tell us about your experience in the comments below, and then read about Hawaii’s second tallest peak: Mauna Loa.