Head down the middle on Saddle Road

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There is a road that traces a ring around the outside of the Big Island but visitors can take the scenic route down the road that cuts right between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. Known as the Saddle Road, this 86-km route was originally built for military traffic. Today, it's simply the best road for anyone who wants to explore the interior.

The road climbs to more than 2,000 metres, often leading you deep into mist. But when the fog lifts, you'll be treated to stunning views of volcanoes, rain forest and the meandering property of the Parker Ranch. There's not much in the way of towns or development here, so pack a lunch and plan to spend the day exploring.