The 12 most frightening roads in the world
By Melia Robinson
Some road trips are not for the faint of heart.
We scoured the internet for the most frightening roads around the world, featuring hairpin turns, crashing waves, and bandits hidden just around the bend.
From Brazil’s Death Road to Russia’s Road of Bones, these 12 thruways will have you gripping your seatbelt for dear life.
Alaska’s nightmarish Dalton Highway stretches some 400 miles through remote forests, tundras, and over the Yukon River. It concludes at the Arctic Ocean.
The mostly gravel road, constructed as a service road for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, contains signs warning of steep grades and avalanches. No thanks.
The 108-mile Prithvi Highway offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas and some of Nepal’s biggest religious sites — but not without risk.
The heavily congested, paved road is prone to landslides, traffic jams, and flooding.
A bridge on Norway’s Atlantic Road appears to lead to nowhere from around the bend. But this optical illusion isn’t the scariest part of passing...
Gusts of wind and waves crash over the barricades onto the road during storms.
Within 100 miles of the coldest inhabited place on earth, eastern Russia’s Kolyma Highway offers little refuge. Bears attack stranded drivers in broad daylight.
Kolyma Highway goes by another name, the Road of Bones. Tens of thousands of gulag prisoners died constructing it, and their bones are buried beneath.
The well-beaten Ho Chi Minh Trail, which winds through mountains and rice fields in Vietnam and Laos, served as a Communist supply route during the Vietnam war.
Aerial raids during the war left the muddy road littered with unexploded bombs. Some 80 million live bomblets remain hidden under Laos’ soil.
Brazil’s Death Road is as much a death trap as a tourist one: Some 300 drivers and cyclists perish on the 11,000-foot descent from the Andes to the rainforest each year.
The single-lane dirt road clings to rock face the whole way down, threatening to cast riders off the edge if they’re distracted for just a moment.
Stelvio Pass, which once formed the boundary between Italy and the Austro-Hungarian Empire, snakes 9,000 feet uphill into the Alpine mountain range.
The impressive ascent and its 48 hairpin turns have attracted racing enthusiasts and professional motorsport drivers from around the world.
Local folklore says Colorado’s Million Dollar Highway got its name because an early traveller said you’d have to pay him a million dollars to drive it again.
The stretch of US Route 550 traverses three 10,000-foot mountains passes, and features jaw-dropping cliffs, tight lanes, and hairpin curves.
Tired of taking the long way around to town, a small group of villagers carved the Guoliang Tunnel into China’s Taihang Mountains more than 40 years ago.
It took five years for the 13 villagers to complete the nearly 4,000-foot tunnel, which is just wide enough to be driven along. Thirty hand-carved windows give daring drivers a peak at the drop just outside.
Google search Luxor-al-Hurghada Road in Egypt and one of the first results you’ll see reads, “Is it safe for tourists?” Treacherous terrain is not the main concern here...
Luxor-al-Hurghada Road, which provides a straight shot from the Red Sea to the city of Luxor, is a popular hang out for bandits and terrorists. They supposedly prey on unsuspecting motorists at night.
The highest motorway in the world, the Karakoram Highway, emerged as a joint construction project between China and Pakistan in the ‘60s. The heavily dusted desert road reaches almost 3 miles high at its peak.
Close to 900 construction workers died while constructing the so-called eighth world wonder, killed during blasts or by falling into a gorge.
The Philippines’ Commonwealth Avenue is home to three to five accidents daily, earning it the nickname “Killer Highway.” Sensing a theme?
The seven-and-a-half-mile urban highway spans 18 lanes in some parts, encouraging drivers to weave in and out of traffic dangerously.
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