We all love road trips. To explore parts of the world unknown is a fantastic way to leave your comfort zone. What better way to see the world?
Sometimes, you’ll leave your comfort zone way back home!
Here are some roads that are definitely different than what you are probably used to. Whereas we think these are dangerous – for some it’s just their commute to work each day! Would you drive along these roads? Check out some of the craziest roads we could find.
Kabul-Jalalabad Highway – Afghanistan
The Kabul-Jalalabad Highway gets you to or from Jalalabad, Afghanistan – depending on which way you drive. The most dangerous part of the 89-mile-long road is the part that outlines the Kabul River Gorge. Here, the road bears narrow turns and rocky valleys. And, as you’d expect from any deadly road, the turns and narrows are lined by sharp cliffs.
There are many instances in which the road is sitting alongside steep drops without a barrier. You’ll face danger at least once along this destructive highway. Hopefully, you won’t encounter people trying to turn around!
Kuandinsky Bridge – Siberia
This is probably one of the scariest roads that are open to the public today. The complete lack of structure and materials make it known that you better have a good reason for crossing this thing! When driving across this bridge, there are literally no safety concerns to consider.
According to local sources, only 35 people have successfully crossed it in its history. Let’s hope the person in this photograph is one of them! Would you cross this bridge?
Fairy Mountain Road – Pakistan
One of the main parts that make this road frightening is the fact that it doesn’t have rails and that it’s only made of gravel. On top of that, the roads are razor-thin. True thrill-seekers will know that this is the only road you can take to ascend the ninth highest mountain in the world, Nanga Parbat.
The road is completely ignored by the government and is never maintained. It is one of the most dangerous roads in the world due to its unpredictable nature – travelers never know what they’re getting.
Guoliang Tunnel Road – China
China is a wonderful place. Full of sights like the Yellow Mountains and the “Precipitous Pillars” of the Zhangjiajie, China has multiple naturally occurring attractions. But some of the most beautiful parts of the nation include the artificial areas in nature. For example – the scary cave-dwelling Tunnel Road in Henan Province.
This tiny slice of terror was built within a steep mountain ridge that barely has space between the wall and the cliff. The road was built by only 13 people and has been open for a little over 40 years.
Yungas Road – Bolivia
This driveway has won the fame of adrenaline junkies everywhere with an extraordinary death toll of around 300 people. This amazingly high number of deaths occurred upon travel from La Paz, Bolivia to Corocio. The journey is 43 miles long and is not for those scared by stupidly steep heights.
For most people, it’s doubtful whether the journey is ever worth the risk. It was recently where the path was replaced with a modern and smoother road – even the smallest bumps would knock people off! Still, without a barrier, we wouldn’t suggest traveling here.
Zoji La Pass – India
Some may say that mountains are some of the most serene parts of nature – but those people aren’t driving down this road! The Zoji La Pass takes you from the Indian State of Jammu all the way to Kashmir and brings you to heights of around 11,000 feet.
For tourists, they visit the road due to how thrilling it is. For the locals, it is a normal part of their daily commute. We would definitely recommend a different route if you find yourself here.
Paso de los Libertadores – Chile/Argentina
This winding road sits along the Chile and Argentina border and runs up to 10,000 feet high! The reason for its height is that it takes drivers up to the Andes – one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world.
While it sounds great, it’s actually pretty intimidating. This particular portion of the road is called ‘The Snails’ and has 20 turns in its short distance. Add snow to the mix? Yeah, you’ll want to be careful.
BR-116 – Brazil
BR-116 is one of the more spectacular of these extremely exciting roads. The route is so scenic since it takes you past some amazing high mountain ranges, including the Dedo de Deus, Verruga do Frade, Pedra do Sino, and Dedo de Nossa – all of which are in Brazil.
The road also spends 2,700 miles along the Brazillian coast. The road itself isn’t dangerous, but it’s who occupies it that might want to raise eyebrows. There are plenty of illicit gangs, corrupt police, and high levels of crime.
Stelvio Pass – Italy
Italy might be home to some great wonders – like Mount Vesuvius and Mount Edna – but it also has the entire Alps to play with, too! One road sits along the Alps and takes you directly to a lower region – but beware!
What makes it dangerous is the amount of thin and delicate turns, making you feel as if you’re descending down a dark and twisted road to Hell. When you think of it, you might want to avoid this icy deathtrap.
Commonwealth Avenue – Philippines
Most of the roads we’ve seen so far have been dangerous due to their infrastructure – but not Commonwealth Avenue. The road, which is located in Quezon City in the Philippines, is totally paved and protected with barriers. So what gives?
Well, it has an amazing 18 lanes, causing five traffic accidents every day. Usually, the drivers are rushing to get to work and don’t have time to play by the rules. Make sure to avoid this dangerous route if you’re ever there.
Adriatic Highway – Croatia
Croatia is one of the most charming places on Earth. Did you know it is the location was chosen of King’s Landing in Game of Thrones? However, mountainous beauty often brings with it dangerous roads. Croatia is no different.
If you find yourself driving along the Adriatic Highway, you find abundant danger. Much of the road doesn’t have a barrier, making it all too easy to accidentally drive off its edges. Next time you drive along it, make sure to have a coffee and stay alert!
Karnali Highway – Nepal
One-lane highways are dodgy. One-lane highways that wrap themselves around tall mountain ranges are downright alarming. This one-lane highway encircles the mountain ranges of Nepal and is called the Karnali Highway.
Home to the tallest mountain on Earth (Mount Everest), Nepal has more than a few roads that would encourage the bravest of us to turn around and drive the other way. It is so dangerous that you’re not allowed to drive on it once the sun goes down.
Dalton Highway – Alaska, USA
This is the first road on our list to appear from the western world – way up in North America’s Alaska. The road is completely isolated with nothing around for miles. That and the bad weather conditions make this a road far less traveled.
If you are unfortunate enough to crash, there are no services around to help you. Without streetlights or cell service, you might just find yourself stranded. You will want to stay well away if you can.
Ruta Nacional 5 – Chile
What makes this road so dangerous isn’t necessarily what it
What’s more, the climate often attracts fog that suffocates the landscape – making visibility near impossible. These factors make it one of the most dangerous roads to use – don’t go it alone if you want to reach the other side.
The Pan-American Highway – Alaska-Argentina
This particular road runs from Alaska to South America, making it the longest highway in the world. One part of the road – The Darian Gap – is 60 miles of land with thick, dense, unmonitored rainforest. Located in between Colombia and Panama, it is incredibly dangerous.
There have been many documentaries made that explore the region and how travelers manage to travel across it. Hundreds of people each year flock to see it and admire the nature and passion involved with visiting such a place.
Cotopaxi Volcano Road – Ecuador
The Cotopaxi Volcano Road is precisely what it sounds like—a road that heads up to a volcano. But what the road’s title doesn’t tell us is that the volcano you’re going to visit is actually still active. And this activity can, as displayed in the photo, make your drive a little less than comfortable.
Among the other features of this road that make it something better to avoid is that it is relatively unmaintained. It includes a whole lot of potholes and leaves part of it with just dirt and gravel to complete the pathway.
The Trans-Siberian Highway – Russia
The Trans-Siberian Highway is a system of roads that operate through Russia towards destinations like the Baltic Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, to the Sea of Japan. One part of the road lies 7,000 miles from St. Petersburg all the way to Vladivostok.
The road is unsafe mainly because of how far it extends through icy conditions. The sheer cold weather of Siberia makes it isolated and dangerous – with no one around to help you if you crash. Better to avoid it.
Sichuan-Tibet Highway – China
The Sichuan-Tibet Highway is another one of those roads that will take you up ridiculously high mountains. Many of these mountains are around 13,000 feet in height. That suggests the amount of oxygen available at these heights is about half as much as you’d get at a normal level closer to the sea.
People who travel along this winding road need to battle bad infrastructure, lack of oxygen, and cold climates. You might want to give it a miss or leave it to a more seasoned driver.
Cat and Fiddle Road – UK
Whereas most of the roads on the list relate to drivers in cars, Cat and Fiddle Road is particularly dangerous for cyclists. The English road lies just outside of Manchester, England, and attracts a lot of cyclists who often get knocked right off their saddles.
Unfortunately, the visibility around corners is restricted and drivers in cars cannot see around some of the hills and curves. This means that bikers need to be extra careful to make sure they’re not hit.
Colorado 550 – Colorado, USA
This section of highway is actually part of the Million Dollar Highway in the western parts of Colorado. Running from Silverton to Ouray, parts of it literally don’t have a barrier to stop you from driving off a cliff.
Definitely don’t rush to journey down this road at night – or at any time, for that matter. Just one small wrong turn can send you down the mountains and into the streams far below.
The Himalayan Road Network
This road in the Himalayas is as terrifiying journeying up as it is once you get to the top of the mountain. The winding roads have no railings and are often curving around crubling rocks and jaggered edges.
Tourists are advised not to travel on it without a guide – even then you can be prone to accidents. Thrill-seekers will love the opportunity to ride along this route – just make sure to make it to the other side!
Taroko Gorge Road – Taiwan
The Taroko Gorge Road is recognized as one of the most hazardous roads in Taiwan. It has many tight bends, sharp turns, and small paths that lead through the mountains and cliffs of the region.
Cyclists often head to the road and need to make sure to stay away from oncoming car traffic. Each year, pedrestians and cyclists are sadly hit by inexperienced drivers.
Halsema Highway, Philippines
Back to the Philippines for a look at Halsema Highway – one of the most dangerous roads in the country. This road is prone to landslides and is generally poorly maintained. Each year, at least one or two buses will roll over its edges.
Unfortunately, the road in part of the route to Sagada – a popular tourist spot. This means that thousands of tourists are put at risk by having to travel down it to reach their location.
Atlantic Road – Norway
While this road in Norway allows plenty of views of the gorgeous ocean landscape, it also gives you anxiety when driving across it! This is what wins it a place among the most deadly roads the world has to offer.
This road has eight different intersections at which this road meets with the ocean. Definitely do not travel along here when the weather is bad. Thrillseekers might want to take a few pictures but you could be swept away!