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.
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.
The Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia, Canada, is one of the most scenic drives in the world. This scenic roadway is located in northern Victoria County and Inverness County on Cape Breton Island, in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. The Cabot Trail is more than a magnificent world-renowned drive – it is an experience… One to delight in…one to be savoured.
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. Currently it's blocked on both sides.
Aucanquilcha is a massive stratovolcano at an elevation of 6,176m (20,262ft) 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. For several years, it was the highest driveable road in the world.
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.
Located in the Rhodope Mountains of Smolyan Province in the far south of Bulgaria, the Devil’s Throat Cave (Dyavolsko garlo Cave) is a spectacular cave resembling a devil's head with a waterfall rushing down its throat. Oncoming traffic is a nightmare. The road is cut into the rocky side of the gorge.
Mount Bross is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 4.321m (14,178ft) above the sea level, located in Park County, Colorado, in USA. It is a rare trail that allows you to drive to the top of a "14er". Full size vehicles should not attempt to drive all the way, as there are a few very narrow spots that are very high. It's one of the highest roads of the USA.
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.
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.
F208 is one of the most dangerous roads in Iceland but one of the most scenic drives in the country. In many places the road is bordered by a drop of hundreds of meters (many hundreds of feet) unprotected by guardrails. Expect very tough driving conditions with potholes, rocks, uneven terrain and even rivers to ford.
The Road to Anabar is an epic ice road trip in Russia linking Lake Baikal (Irkutsk) and Anabar Bay, in the Laptev Sea. It’s said to be the world's northernmost road end, ending at 72°49' North, higher north than the Nordkapp, Prudhoe Bay or Tuktoyatuk.
The Forgotten World Highway is one of the most scenic drives in New Zealand. This highly memorable driving journey is remote and mysterious to the extreme. This scenic route winds over four mountain saddles, alongside the spectacular Tangarakau Gorge and passes through the 220-metre-long, single lane, Moki tunnel. It has been ranked as one of the 10 worst roads in New Zealand by the Police. It’s one of the most scenic drives in the world.
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.
Lago del Sambuco is a high mountain reservoir at an elevation of 1.435m (4,708ft) 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.
The Rosi Mittermeier Tunnel is said to be the highest road tunnel in Europe, at an elevation of 2.830m (9,285ft) above the sea level. It’s located in the Ötztal Alps in Tyrol, Austria.
Located in the Gilgit district, Northern Areas, in northern Pakistan, the Khaltaro Valley Road is one of the scariest roads ever. Imagine a narrow gravel road, very steep (up to 15%) with horrendous drops on both sides. Welcome to hell! Only the suicidal, the insane, or the paid-to-do-this should ever drive down.
Located in the middle of the Dolomites, in the Italian Belluno province, part of the Veneto region, the road along the Serrai di Sottoguda gorges is one of the narrowest roads in the world. The Sottoguda gorge is closed to traffic. Only pedestrians and cyclists are allowed.
The Road to Fontana Amoroza, located on the Akamas Peninsula at the north-west end of the island of Cyprus, is one of the most dangerous roads in the world, as well as one of the world’s best coastal drives. The road starts with a sign which - truthfully- says "Do not enter - dangerous for cars". The route demands 100% concentration.