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).
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.
High altitude, thin, freezing dry air; intense harsh sunlight, galeforce winds with sub-zero windchill for hundreds and hundreds of kilometres. China National Highway 219 (G219) runs along the southwestern border of the People's Republic of China, from Yecheng (Karghilik) in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region to Lhatse in the Tibet Autonomous Region. Several stretches of the road are known to many as "no man's land." Its highest elevation is at 5.392m (17,690ft) above the sea level.
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.
Located in Western Japan, the Eshima Ohashi Bridge looks more like a roller coaster than a road. It links the the city of Matsue in Shimane Prefecture to Sakaiminato in Tottori Prefecture and is basically a highway to outer space, a shortcut to vomiting from nausea, making driving over this thing one seriously thrilling car ride. It's one of the most spectacular bridges in the world.
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 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.
Cirque de Jaffar is a natural cirque located in the Eastern High Atlas, a mountain range in central Morocco in Northern Africa. The road to this amphitheatre is one of the most dangerous roads in the world. It’s incredibly disorienting to look over the edge, or even just to see the valleys a couple thousand feet below you. Drivers must remain cautious as the pass has been known to claim the lives of careless drivers.
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.
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 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.
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 Icefields Parkway in the Canadian Rockies is one of the most beautiful drives in the world. The road runs from Lake Louise in Banff National Park to Jasper in Jasper National Park. It’s one of the most beautiful journeys on the planet. It’s rated as one of the top drives in the world, going through big mountains, glaciers, deep blue lakes, numerous hikes. It has it all. It's one of the most scenic drives in the world.
Stretching almost 7,000 miles from St Petersburg to Vladivostok, the Trans-Siberian Highway is the name for a network of federal highways that span the width of Russia from the Baltic Sea of the Atlantic Ocean to the Japan Sea of the Pacific Ocean. It’s one of the longest roads in the world across some of the toughest environments and terrain around.
Torri di Fraele is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.941m (6,368ft) above the sea level, located in the municipality of Valdidentro Sondrio, in Lombardy (Italy) and belongs to the Alps. The 18 harpin turns leads to the Fraele towers, which once were used as strategic point of communication.
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.
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.
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.
Karabek Geçidi is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.994m (9,822ft) above the sea level, located in the Van Province of Turkey. It’s the highest motorable pass in the country and one of the highest mountain roads in Europe.
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.