Built in 1833, this windy wild road of Les Ecouges zigzags up to the village of Rencurel, in the Isère department in south-eastern France, before crossing mountain pastures until the Col de Romeyère. Due its dangerousity, the road has been recently closed to all kind of vehicles. It’s one of the French balcony roads.
Located in Siberia, the Vitim River Bridge is one of the most spectacular bridges in the world. It’s an old train bridge crossing the Vitim River which leaves drivers precariously navigating a tiny six-foot-wide path. Its old metal structure is covered with rotting wooden planks, which can be slippery due to frequent ice in the area.
Ojos del Salado is a massive stratovolcano in the Andes on the Argentina-Chile border and the highest volcano in the world at 6,891 metres (22,608 ft). This mountain has been the scenario of several records for attaining the highest altitude aboard a land vehicle. It’s probably the highest accessible point by car in the Earth.
The road between Kallikratis and Kapsodasos is a sharply winding and precipitous ascent in a a steep and narrow zig-zag road in southwest Crete, Greece. The road includes a challenging section (2.1km) with 7 hairpin turns and pretty steep (8.95%). It’s one of the famous hairpinned roads in the world.
Old Fall River Road is a narrow one-lane dirt road winding through the Rocky Mountain National Park, a national park in the north-central region of the U.S. state of Colorado, with a length of 11 miles. It’s a real challenging road and a true test of your vehicle and your stamina because the road abounds in twists and turns with wheels sometimes hanging above the precipice.
Kemaliye Taş Yolu is one of the most extreme roads in the world. Located in the Eastern Anatolia region of Turkey, this hand made road is extremely challenging, with drops of hundreds of meters unprotected by guardrails with 22 unlit and extremely narrow tunnels. The construction of the road started in 1870 and finished in 2002.
The Col d'Izoard is one of the great Cols of the French Alps. At an elevation of 2.360m (7,746ft) above the sea level, it’s a high mountain pass located in Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur. Few Alpine cols are more mythic than the Izoard. The pass is traversed by the scenic Route des Grandes Alpes.
La Strada degli Eroi is a scary curvy mountainous road in the Vicentine Alps, a mountain range of the Eastern Alps in Trentino and the provinces of Verona and Vicenza, Italy, built in 1922, after the First World War, to equip the summit area of the mountain with access for motor vehicles.
The Dempster Highway is a very scenic gravel highway across miles of desolate Arctic landscape, in Canada. It’s the only all-weather road to cross the Arctic Circle. It's incredibly beautiful, somewhat dangerous and perhaps something you get to see only once (if that) in your life.
The Nebelhorn is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 2.068m (6,784ft) above the sea level, located in the Allgäu Alps in Germany, near the village of Oberstdorf. The road to the summit is brutally steep, and the slope -in some parts- is inhuman, with gradients up to 45%. It's one of the highest mountain roads of Germany.
Colle del Nivolet is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.641 metres (8,665 feet) above the sea level, located in the Eastern group of the Graian Alps in Italy. The pass is traversed by the road SP50 and it was the location of several scenes in The Italian Job, including the final bus crash. It's one of the highest mountain passes of Italy.
The Portachuelo Llanganuco Pass, at an elevation of 4.767m (15.639') above the sea level, is perhaps the most significant gateway of the Huascaran National Park, Peru. The most challenging section of the road up to the pass is a 8.5km long section. Over this distance, the road includes 28 hairpin turns and the elevation gain is 527 meters. The average percentage is 6.2%. It’s one of the famous hairpinned roads in the world.
Route des Grandes Alpes is a legendary mountain road trough the French Alps. This fabulous route takes you from lake Leman to the Mediterranean climbing 16 passes that are among the highest in the Alps.
Strada militare dello Chaberton is an extreme high mountain track climbing up to the fort on top of French Mont Chaberton at an elevation of 3,131 meters(10,272 ft) above the sea level, in the Hautes-Alpes department in southeastern France. It's one of the highest mountain roads of Europe.
The Austrian Road, so-called because it was built by Austrian POW's during WW1 in 1915, is a marvel of engineering located in the Altai Mountains of East Kazakhstan. The road is 60km (5 hours) long and climbs several mountain passes, including Burkhatskiy Pass at 2.137 m (7,011 ft) above the sea level and Alatajsky Pass, at 1.792 m (5,879 ft).
Col de la Moutière is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.450m (8,038 ft) above the sea level, located in Saint Etienne de Tinée, in Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, and belongs to the Alpes-Maritimes. The road is extremely narrow and the drop offs are a bit intimidating. There’s only enough room for one car to go up. There is no turning around if you change you mind.
The Strada degli Scarubbi is a terrible scary mountain road buit during the First World War. The road has a length of 10.5km, and links the Passo Xomo (1.058m) and the Porte del Pasubio, at an elevation of 1.928 m above the sea level. The road is located in the Vicentine Alps, amountain range of the Eastern Alps in Trentino and the provinces of Verona and Vicenza, Italy. The route demands 100% concentration.
At 7,488ft (2,282m) above the sea level, in the North Cascade Mountains of Washington, USA, sits the Slate Peak fire lookout tower. The road to Hart's Pass and on to Slate Peak is the highest maintained road in Washington State.
HU-631 is a challenging high mountain road located in the Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park, in the Sobrarbe region, province of Huesca, Spain. During some periods of the year, the road is just one direction. It still remains an adrenaline-pumping journey and is definitely not for the faint of lungs, heart, or legs. It is narrow, so keep the speed down and be ready to move over and make room for oncoming vehicles.