In Madeira there’s a rather peculiar and dangerous road (ER101). It is the oldest and most beautiful road of the island. Due to Madeira' s dramatic coast line, the road has many curves, narrow passages and steep climbs and descents, and is rugged, slow and old. It's one of the most scenic drives in the world.
Route de Presles is a stunning mountain road located in the Isère department in southeastern France. The road is 7 km carved into the mountains. Words can’t describe the road and pictures don’t do it justice. It’s one of the most spectacular balcony roads in the country. You should be prepared to back up if you meet an oncoming vehicle.
Tucked deep into the mountains off the western coast of Norway, the Trollstigen Mountain Road is one of Norway's most dramatic and most visited attractions. Dangerous conditions here include the incline, narrow driving space, and the poor traction and visibility that come with rain and fog. It's one of the famous scenic drives in Norway. The route is known for its 11 hair-raising hairpin turns and steep, 9% gradient. Yet despite the dangers of the one-lane road.
Passo San Boldo is a mountain pass located between the cities of Trichiana and Tovena (Cison di Valmarino) in Veneto, Italy, at an elevation of 706 m (2,316 ft) that lies in the northern reaches of the Italian Alps. The most challenging part of the climb is a short stretch of 700m including 7 hairpin turns. It’s one of the famous hairpinned roads in the world.
Route 622 is one of the most dangerous roads in the world. It’s located in the Westfjords, a large peninsula in northwestern Iceland. The trail is extreme, just for 4x4. Some say it’s the most terrifying road in the country. That is an insanely beautiful route to take with the road carved into and under cliffs and great mountain views all the way.
Strada della Forra is one of the most scenic drives in the world. This Italian road burrows its way through the mountain in the ravine formed by the river Brasa. A small car with functioning horn is recommended. For the skilled drivers only. The drive is known by motorcyclists from all over Europe, as it is impressive and not exactly without danger in a few narrow and steep spots.
Abano Pass is a high mountain pass located in the region of Tusheti, Georgia, in the central part of the Great Caucasus Mountains, at an elevation of 2,850 metres (9,350 ft) above the sea level. Abano Pass is the highest drivable mountain pass in the Caucasus. The pass is driveable only by 4x4 cars. Conditions can change quickly and be harsh. Road closures can be frequent, so check conditions before traveling to this area.
The Passo dello Spluga is an international igh mountain pass, at an elevation of 2.115 m (6,939 ft) above the sea level, on the border between Switzerland and Italy. It's one of the highest mountain passes of the Alps. A series of hairpins and great views make this one to see and drive. It’s one of the famous hairpinned roads in the world
The Hagerman Pass is a high mountain pass, at an elevation of 11,925 ft (3,635 m) above the sea level, located near Leadville, Colorado, in USA. The pass crosses the continental divide in the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado in the United States. The road is not difficult, but high clearance is recommended. It's one of the highest mountain roads of Colorado.
The Karakoram Highway (known informally as the KKH) is said to be the highest paved international road in the world, but at its peak at the China-Pakistan border it is only paved on the Chinese side. It's the road to paradise – if you like exploring the mountains, that is. It's regarded as one of the world's hardest alpine climbs
The Col du Jandri is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.151m (10,337ft) above the sea level, located in Rhone-Alpes in the French Isère département. It follows the R1-2 trail. It's one of the top#50 highest mountain roads in Europe. This runway forms the highest trafficable road in the Alps and includes very steep ramps.
Col du Galibier is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.645 metres (8,678 ft) above the sea level, located in the southern region of the French Dauphiné Alps. It’s one of the most impressive climbs in all of the French Alps. High peaks, glaciers and over two kilometres of vertical climbing from the northern side. It's one of the highest mountain passes of the Alps.
Col du Mont-Cenis (Colle del Moncenisio) is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2,083 m (6,827 ft) above the sea level, located in Savoie, France, which forms the limit between the Cottian and Graian Alps. It's one of the highest mountain passes of the Alps.
The BAM Road is one of the toughest adventure roads left on this planet. It’s a real test of physical and mental endurance. The BAM road is an old railway service track that runs roughly alongside the railway track, in extreme Siberia, Russia. It's filled with everything from rickety old bridges to waist high water crossings and at points being miles from civilisation.
The Bealach na Bà is a curvy mountainous road located in the Applecross peninsula, Highland, Scotland. This twisting, single-track mountain road is the third highest road in Scotland rising up to 626 metres (2,054 ft) above the sea level. It's one of the most scenic drives in the world. Speeds faster than 30 mph are rarely permitted.
Khardung La, at an elevation of 5,359 m (17,582 feet) above the sea level, is a high mountain pass located in the Ladakh region, Jammu and Kashmir, India. The narrow dirt road to reach the pass was built in 1976 and it was opened to motor vehicles in 1988. It’s one of the highest motorable road passes of the world.
Gavia Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.621 m (8,599 ft) above the sea level, located in the Lombardy region, Italy. The pass is traversed by the SP29 road, and it’s often used on the route of the Giro d'Italia road bicycle race. It's one of the highest mountain passes of Italy. It's perhaps the most challenging climb of all. It is an extremely difficult climb, with a combination of length, average gradients, maximum gradient and elevation gain not matched by any other climb in Europe.
Waipio Valley Road is a short steep road in the Big Island of Hawai, restricted to 4x4. It is the steepest road of its length in the United States. The road is steep enough to destroy brakes on the way down, with some 45% grade sections.
The road along the Clue d’Aiglun is a very scenic drive following a narrow ledge cut into the rock. It’s one of the French balcony roads. The road (D10) runs as a single track road along the mountainside for some distance with nowhere to pass another vehicle. Here one says a prayer that nobody is coming towards you until the road widens a kilometre further westward.
The Russian Federal Highway (M56 Kolyma Highway) connects Magadan and Yakutsk – actually, Nizhny Bestyakh on the eastern bank of Lena River at Yakutsk-, where the coldest temperature ever recorded outside Antarctica was recorded. It crosses forests, mountains, deserts, and everything in between. Much of it is unpaved and certainly not ideal for a casual Sunday drive.