A drive through a scenic place is always a thrilling experience but sometimes this is not always the case. Driving on some roads around the world is an adventure that only the bravest of souls should try. Here are the top 15 most craziest roads in the world that will likely make you book a flight instead!
1. Guoliang Tunnel Road, China
Keep your eyes on the road, avoid any mistakes else you will tumble to your death. Yes the Guoliang 1200 meters long tunnel road located in the Taihana Mountains in Hunan Province, China, does not tolerate any mistakes. Scared already? Unfortunately if you want to go to Guo Liang Cun by road you will have to take this road as it is the only road going to the village.
2. Ice Road, Northwest Territories, Canada
You will lose track of time as you drive through the beautiful endless ice roads in Northwest Territories in Canada. Though stunning and mind-blowing, caution is advised when driving through the blue ice as the roads can be very slippery.
3. Stelvio Pass, Italy
This is one of the highest paved roads in the world standing at 9,045 feet up and located in the Eastern Italian Alps. As you drive through Stelvio Pass you will go through 48 bends stretching over a 15-mile distance through a mountain pass.
4. Sichuan-Tibet Highway – China
The Sichuan-Tibet highway is greatly affected by avalanches, rock slides and a series of bad weather that results in 7500 deaths per 100,000 drivers making it one of the most dangerous roads in the world.
5. Sani Pass, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Sani Pass connects Kwazulu-Natal and Lesotho. Now this is a road that you should not attempt to take if you are not driving a 4x4 car because it has steep slopes with very poor traction. You can actually see remains of cars that unfortunately could not succeed ascending the pass.
6. Lena Highway aka Highway from Hell, Russia
Ever seen an unpaved highway? You better brace yourself to trek through the hardest federal highway ever. The Russian Federal Highway connects Moscow to Yakutsk, and turns completely into mud whenever it rains. Not only will you have to endure the mud but also the coldest temperature ever recorded outside Antarctica. During dry seasons the road easy to navigate as it is frozen due to the extremely low temperatures.
7. Old Chalus Road, Iran
This is one of Iran’s most beautiful roads that connects Chalus city through the Alborz Mountains. The craziness sets in during winter when avalanches and heavy snowfalls are common making the normally narrow and mountainous terrain more difficult to navigate.
8. Paso Internacional Los Libertadores, Argentina/Chile
The Paso Internacional Los Libertadores connects Argentina and Chile and is popular for its hair raising twists and turns as one descends on the Chilean side that needs a lot of caution to prevent a dangerous fall.
9. Federal Highway 101 aka Highway of Death, Mexico
Also referred to as the Devil’s Road, the highway is notorious for highway robberies and murders. The US Consulate General in Matamoros is reported to have issued warnings against traveling on the highway. Yes it is that dangerous!
10. Atlanterhavsveien aka The Atlantic Road to Nowhere, Norway
This road is both breathtaking and hair raising. Can you imagine being hit by a wave from the infamous Atlantic Ocean as you drive by? The bridge known as “Storseisundet Bridge” is one of the most scenic roads in the Norway and even though it is generally safe it can get quite nasty when the ocean gets violent and a drive at such a time is not for the faint hearted.
11. Fairy Meadows Road, Pakistan
Fairy Meadows Road is one of the most dangerous roads in the world. It is a narrow high mountain trail with no guardrails to protect you should you miss your step. You are literally on your own! The other scary part is that the road gets narrower as you get towards the end and you cannot drive at this section, you can only walk or cycle.
12. Skippers Canyon Road, New Zealand
This road is so narrow and dangerous that you cannot use it unless you have a special permit. Most drivers find themselves stuck when they run into another driver coming from the other direction because the road is too narrow for two cars to pass at the same time.
13. Passo San Boldo, Italy
This is another crazy Italian road at an elevation of 2,316 ft. in the northern parts of the Italian Alps. The most thrilling section of the road is a 700m stretch that has 7 adrenaline-pumping hairpin turns that not just anyone can handle them.
14. Luxor-al-Hurghada Road, Egypt
The Luxor-al-Hurghada Road does not just have a difficult terrain but as well as bandits that make it a dangerous road to be stuck in especially at night.
15. Gorges de Galamus, France
Gorges de Galamus located in France has two extremely narrow and dangerous roads that are quite a challenge to navigate. Once you are on the two roads you cannot turn back because they are just too narrow.