The Outback Highway or Outback Way is one of Australia’s great four wheel drive odysseys. It extends 2,800 km (1,740 mi) from Laverton, Western Australia to Winton, Queensland via central Australia. It’s known as Australia's longest shortcut and is an adventure track you will never forget.
The Hana Highway is one of the most scenic drives in the world. Located in Maui, the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands, the road is 52 miles (84 km) long. You will pass 617 white-knuckle switchbacks, 56 one-lane bridges, and tons of waterfalls as you travel away from civilization. The ocean is down on one side of the road, with mountains rising on the other, and a few spectacular waterfalls that keep your attention wandering.
Semo La is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5,565 meters (18,259 ft) above the sea level, located in Tsochen county in Ngari Prefecture, in the central part of Tibet, in China. It gives access to the Chang Tang region. It may be the highest vehicle-accessible pass in the world. Most people feel altitude sickness at around 2,500-2,800 meters. Near the pass, oxygen is in short supply.
Located in the Yaroslavl Oblast, in Russia, it’s said to be the World's Worst Road. The surface appears to have been the site of a major earthquake or hit by several bomb attacks. Looking like it has been subjected to an aerial bombardment or major earth tremor, its current crater-strewn, lunar-like appearance gives no indication of its former glory.
Deosai Park Road is one of the most spectacular roads in the world. It’s located in Skardu Gilgit-Baltistan province, in northern Pakistan. The road has a length of 82.4 km. It includes gravel, asphalt, river crossing and one of the most spectacular bridges in the world.
The 24-Zig Road is one of the most spectacular roads in China. This winding mountain road is located near Qinglong town in GuizhouProvince, in the southwest of the country. It’s one of the famous hairpinned roads in the world. The road was built by the Chinese during WWII to transport supplies to help resist the Japanese invasion.
Aucanquilcha is a massive stratovolcano at an elevation of 6,176 m (20,262 ft) above the sea level, located in Antofagasta Region of northern Chile. An old mine road used to run to the top, but now much of it above 5,500m has been wiped out by landslides. During several years, it was the highest driveable road in the world.
Black Rock Reservoir is a small remote scenic lake at an elevation of 1.260m (4,133 ft) above the sea level, located on the outskirts of Kings Canyon National Park and on the edge of Sierra National Forest, in California, USA. If you dare to take the risk and travel along this bumpy route, then make sure to be driven by someone who has experience of the road. Take a tip from the tortoise: slow and steady wins the race.
Hermit Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 13,047 feet (3,962m) above the sea level, located in Custer County, Colorado, in USA. It's one of the highest mountain passes in Colorado. It is recommended that beginner riders avoid this road. The route demands 100% concentration.
Suge La is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5,430m (17,815 feet) above the sea level, located in the Nyenchen Dangla Mountains about 110kms northwest of Lhasa. It’s one of the highest motorable road passes of the world. Most people feel altitude sickness at around 2,500-2,800 meters. Near the pass, oxygen is in short supply.
Mount Barrow is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.413 metres (4,636 ft) above the sea level, located just east of Launceston in north east Tasmania. The drive is stunning. It's one of the most scenic drives in the world. Avoid driving in this area if unpaved mountain roads aren't your strong point. Stay away if you're scared of heights.
Iron Mountain Road is a very scenic drive located in the Black Hills of South Dakota. In only 17 miles the road has 314 curves, 14 switchbacks, 3 tunnels and 3 pigtails, turns which loop over their own road, allowing the road to climb rapidly. The road encompasses miles of stunning views through twisty hair pin corners, high elevations and steep grades.
Col de Tende (or Colle di Tenda) is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.870m (6,135ft) above the sea level, located in the Alps, on the border between France and Italy. In 7km this terrific road includes more than 48 hairpin turns. There are forts along the ridge line in both directions. It's one of the highest mountain passes of the Alps.
The Old Gavia Road is a short section of the famous climb to the Passo di Gavia. It’s 500m long and is an old road near the abyss. It’s now quite washed out with large stones and in places where the railing was missing it had been replaced with strings. The road is certainly breathtaking and it has a fearsome reputation.
Lago del Sambuco is a high mountain reservoir at an elevation of 1.435 m above the sea level, located in the district of Leventina in the canton of Ticino in Switzerland. The road to the lake is outstanding. It’s one of the scariest roads in the country and it’s normal for your palms to sweat looking at those photos. Imagine what it must have been like before the barriers.
In the theatre of Alpine scenery, the Inferno Mürren downhill is one of the most dramatic and challenging 4 wheel experiences on Earth. Located in Bernese Oberland, Switzerland, the downhill ski track is 14.9km long on a slope of up to 60% over ice, loose rock, mud, broken asphalt, grass and gravel. The route is in dreadful condition and demands 100% concentration.
The Rosi Mittermeier Tunnel is the highest road tunnel in Europe, at an elevation of 2,830 m (9,285 ft) above the sea level. It’s located in the Ötztal Alps in Tyrol, Austria.
The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine is one of the most spectacular drives in the world. This unique and spectacular route through the Northern Japan Alps stretches over 37km and reaches an altitude of 2,450 metres. This is an area of immense snowfall, and when the road opens in mid May, it is surrounded on both sides by walls of snow 15 meters tall.
Located in the Ismailli Rayon of Azerbaijan, the road to Lahij is one of the most dangerous drives in the world. It follows a river with huge cliffs and some drops of 300m. Due to frequent earthquakes, it can be closed anytime. A 4 WD and an experienced driver are recommended. Avoid driving in this area if unpaved mountain roads aren't your strong point.