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’s one of the most scenic drives in the world.
Mont Malamot is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.885m (9,465ft) above the sea level, located in the northern Cottian Alps, in the Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. The road to the summit is permanently closed to motorized vehicles. It's one of the highest mountain roads of Europe.
Col de Viraysse is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.746m (9,009ft) above the sea level, located in the Cottian Alps, in the southwestern part of the Alps, in southeastern France. The road to the summit is extreme. It’s terrible 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. It's one of the highest mountain roads of Europe.
Lago di Teleccio is a high mountain artificial lake at an elevation of 1.918m above the sea level, located in the Italian region Piedmont, within the Gran Paradiso National Park. It’s a mind numbing vertical drop of hundreds of meters so you might want to give it a miss on a windy day. The road is really steep, with sections up to 15.7% and includes 20 hairpin turns. It is narrow, so keep the speed down and be ready to move over and make room for oncoming vehicles.
The Tsugaru Iwaki Skyline is one of the most challenging drives on Earth. Located in the northern Tōhoku region of Japan, this road with 66 hairpin turns will make you carsick just looking at it. This scenic toll road goes from the foot of Mt. Iwaki up to the eighth station, at 1,247 meters (4,091 feet) above the sea level. It’s one of the most hairpinned roads in the world.
Poughkeepsie Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 12,919 feet (3,938 meters) above the sea level, located in the San Juan Mountains outside of Ouray, in San Juan County, Colorado, USA. It’s a challenging trail that should only be attempted by those who how have pretty build vehicle capable of handling very tough conditions. It’s one of the highest mountain roads in Colorado.
Railroad Ridge is a high mountain ridge at an elevation of 3.180m (10,433ft) above the sea level located in central Idaho’s White Cloud Mountains, in USA. Avoid driving in this area if unpaved mountain roads aren't your strong point and stay away if you're scared of heights. It’s said to be the highest road accessible to full-size vehicles in Idaho.
Located in the Itum-Kale district of the Republic of Chechnya, near the border between Russia and Georgia, Tsoi-Pede, is a medieval necropolis. It’s one of the largest medieval cemeteries in the Caucasus, included in the list of the seven most remote Russian attractions. Along the way there’s a memorial for two Russians that went over the edge. Apart from the terrible drop there is also the danger of ambush.
Located in the county of Northumberland, in the extreme Northeast corner of England, just a few miles south of the border with Scotland, it lies a tidal island known as Holy Island, also called Lindisfarne. Twice a day the ancient path to the island disappears with the tides, leaving the Holy Island of Lindisfarne out to sea. Each year there are many reports of people 'risking it' and having to be rescued from one of the raised safety points on the causeway.
Lac de Derborence is a high mountain lake at an elevation of 1.465 m (4,806ft) above the sea level, located in the Lizerne valley in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. It’s a narrow road with a long stretch of continuous hand crafted tunnels and windows with hairy 300m drop-offs.
Located in New Mexico’s Jemez Mountains, in Sandoval County, in USA, the Gilman Tunnels blasted out of the rock in the 1920’s, were originally used for a logging railroad and are quite high. The drive, in the Santa Fe National Forest, is definitely worth it.
Located in the Tushar Mountains of south-central Utah, in Piute County, in USA, the Forest Road 123 is a very challenging drive. The track climbs up to 3.496m (11,469 ft) above the sea level. It’s said to be the Utah’s highest road. The road, also knownand signed as the Big John Flat road, is 16.0 miles long.
Located in the District of Yusufeli, Artvin Province, in North-East Turkey, the road to Morkaya is one of the most dangerous roads in the world. This road has humbled many egos. It’s not for the sissies and shouldn’t be attempted by novice drivers. One mistake and it's a free fall to your death.Take a tip from the tortoise: slow and steady wins the race.
Bellecote is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 3.071m (10,075ft) above the sea level, located in the Graian Alps, in the Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of Europe.It has a well-deserved reputation for being dangerous because of unpredictable snowstorms and blizzards, and driving under these conditions, can be extremely challenging.
At 5.793m (19,005ft) above the sea level, Umling La is the new highest motorable road in the world. Located in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, in India, there is a real risk of AMS (altitude-mountain-sickness) and death due to Pulmonary Edema and Cerebral Edema.
Ravin de la Platte is a high mountain ravine at an elevation of 1.853m (6,079ft) above the sea level, located in the Hautes-Alpes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. It’s one of the most extreme roads in the world, bordered by a drop of hundreds of meters unprotected by guardrails. It’s definitely not for anyone suffering from vertigo.
Brasina is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 1.873m (6,145ft) above the sea level, located in south-eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina. Definitely it’s one of the best off – road experience in the country. Due to hazardous area (mine fields) do not hike or ride outside of the dirt road. The climb is very steep, with sections up to 14%.
Located in the Albanian Riviera, Gjipe Beach is said to be the most beautiful beach of the country. Drive with care as this is a terrifying steep road (up to 9%) with dangerous drop offs. It's best not to look down. One mishap and you plunge off the cliff and into the sea. It’s one of the most scenic coastal drives in the world.
Located in the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China, the Mount Everest North Base Camp lies at an elevation of 5.157m (16,919ft) above the sea level. The road to the base camp is a magnificent feat of engineering. It’s mostly asphalted.
Puntal de la Misa is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 1.754m (5,754ft) above the sea level, located in the province of Jaén, in Andalusia, Spain. A 4WD vehicle with high clearance and an experienced driver are required. The road is very steep, with sections up to 20%. It’s one of the wildest drives in the country.
Located north of Moab, in southern Utah, USA, the Gemini Bridges Trail is a very scenic journey. You should not attempt this without a serious vehicle that can handle off-roading. If you are looking for the real Moab experience, this is it.