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Located at the heart of the Karakum Desert of central Turkmenistan sits a crater of fire with the size of an American football field that has been perpetually burning now for almost fifty years. Dubbed the Door to Hell or Gates of Hell it’s a surreal feature in an otherwise barren landscape.

The road to the crater is gravel and sand. Extreme caution needed. The route demands 100% concentration. One mistake and it's a free fall to your death. To visit the crater, it's best to go at night, when the fire can be seen from miles away. The site was identified by Soviet engineers in 1971 and it was originally thought to be a substantial oil field site. Fearing that the hole would lead to the release of poisonous gases, the team decided to burn it off. It was hoped that the fire would use all the fuel within few days, but weeks, months and years passed, and it is still burning today.

  

4x4 recommended. This trail passes through remote areas, so you need to be prepared. At first glance, it could be a dramatic scene from a science-fiction movie. Its diameter is 69 metres (226 ft), and its depth is 30 metres (98 ft).

 




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>Scenic drives in Norway. Norway has 18 carefully selected scenic drives both in terms of nature/panorama. 
>Romanian high altitude roads. Romania has some amazing roads, real tourist destinations by themselves. 
>Faroese challenging tunnels. Harrowing one lane tunnel on a 2 way road. Kind of frightening to drive through if you're not used to it.
>Highest accessible towns by car on Earth. Permanent settlements occupied year-round, accessible by car.
>The world's best road. The world's best road has just been announced: the N-222 from Peso de Regua to Pinhao in Portugal.
>Longest straight roads in the world. From point A to B in the fastest time possible, sometimes you need to cut corners.
>Highest tunnels in the world. After years of work in rarefied air and frigid temperatures at more than 4,000m, these tunnels are engineering marvels sure to impress anyone.
>The world's northernmost road ends. Get a reliable car, lots of food, water, matches, warm clothing, and gas.

 

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