In the state of Colorado of the United States of America there’s a special highway built in the late 1880's: the Million Dollar Highway, part of the San Juan Skyway. It's one of the nation’s most spectacular drives. You'll be on the "outside" for a while with a hell of a view to your right (let the passenger look. You'll want to watch the road). Forget standard driving safety measures like guardrails and shoulders, there aren't any on this stretch, so swerving off the road is not advised!
Located in the western United States, Colorado is notable for its diverse geography, from vast prairie grasslands to the majestic mountains, rushing rivers to desert landscapes. It’s classified as one of the mountain states, located in the Rocky upland part of the USA. Colorado is unlike anywhere else, ranging from alpine mountains, arid plains and deserts with huge sand dunes, deep canyons, sandstone and granite rock formations, rivers, lakes and lush forests.
This is the list of the highest paved roads in United States, state by state:
Engineer Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 12,800 feet (3.901 m) above the sea level, located in the San Juan Mountains near Ouray, Colorado, in USA. It’s one of Colorado's most scenic offroad drives. It’s mostly a first gear ride because the road is rough and rocky. It's one of the highest mountain passes of Colorado.
More than 230,000 membership of the American Motorcyclist Association voted for more than 100 roads, to choose the best motorcycling roads in the United States. The roads were voted on the entries via the AMA’s website.
Black Bear Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.910 m (12,840ft) above the sea level, located in Colorado, USA. The road to the summit is called Black Bear Road, a dangerous dirt track. This jeep trail, officially called Forest Service Road 648, starts at an elevation of 11,018-foot (3,358 m) above the sea level, and ends in Telluride, Colorado. It's one of the highest mountain roads of Colorado.
The most dangerous city for driving in the U.S. is Orlando, Fla., according to a new government report. Although rates have declined in recent years, car crashes still are a leading cause of death in the U.S. In 2009, 34,485 people died in car crashes in the U.S., and 22% of them were aged 15 to 24. The new findings appear in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report(MMWR).
Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) is a portion of State Route 1 (SR 1) running along most of the Pacific coastline of the U.S. state of California. It is also part of the larger Pacific Coastal Highway that extends along the Pacific coast of the entire Americas.It’s heralded as one of the most scenic drives in USA.
There are many ways one could gauge the danger of driving in a particular city, but this list uses the cities with the greatest number of vehicular deaths as a barometer of the danger level.
The Apache Trail is an amazing journey located in the US state of Arizona. The track goes through the Superstition Mountains. The road is mosly paved winding steeply through of rugged desert mountains and links Apache Junction (Greater Phoenix area) and Theodore Roosevelt Lake.
Kahekili Highway is a strip of one-lane paved road framed by rock on one side and sheer cliff drops on the other with a length of 20 miles from Kapalua to Wailuku. It’s a legendary road known for its snaking turns, narrow passages, and dangerous road conditions, though nowadays that last factor is gone, since the road was completely repaved not too long ago.
Deadman Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 3,631ft (1.107m) above the sea level, located in Oregon, USA. Drivers attempting to negotiate the pass are in for a challenge: Heading northwest, you're forced to climb more than 2,000 feet in elevation that's chock-full of double-hairpin turns, as well as 6 percent grades. Heading southeast, the scenario flip-flops, and your brakes need to be operating at their full potential.
With 318 curves in 11 miles, it's America's number one motorcycle and sports car road. Deals Gap, also known as Tail of the Dragon, is a portion of U.S. Route 129 in Blount County, Tennessee, situated in a gap in Swain County, North Carolina, United States. It's heralded as one of the most scenic drives in USA.
The Skalkaho Highway is a 54 mile drive that runs between the Bitterroot Valley and the Philipsburg Valley, in the Sapphire Mountains in southwest Montana, USA. This mostly unpaved route climbs through the Sapphire Mountains, a remote and seldom visited part of Montana. Elk, mule deer, badgers, coyotes, and black bears can be seen along the highway.
The Mokee (or Moki) Dugway, located on Utah Route 261 just north of Mexican Hat, Utah is a staggering, graded dirt switchback road carved into the face of the cliff edge of Cedar Mesa. It consists of 3 miles of steep, unpaved, but well graded switchbacks (11% grade), which wind 1,200 feet from Cedar Mesa to the valley floor near Valley of the Gods.
Alaska has some of the coldest roads in the planet but there’s one more extreme than the rest: The Dalton highway is one of the most isolated roads in the world. If you can drive this road you can pretty much drive anything: a trip to America’s last remain of wilderness. It’s said to be the loneliest road on the planet. The James W. Dalton Highway is a gravel highway running for 414 miles between the Elliot Highway just north of the city of Fairbanks and Deadhorse near the Prud hoe Bay oil fields and the Arctic Ocean.
Oh-My-God Road is a 8,46 miles very scenic trail located in Clear Creek County, Colorado (USA) at an elevation of 7,581 to 9,383 feet, linking Idaho Springs at I-70 to Central City near Highway 119. The road gets its name from being a two-way road that is only about a car and three quarters wide, graveled, with no guard rails and washed out shoulders. Not only are there no guard rails, a daring glance down reveals incredibly steep cliffs.
Mosquito Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 13,208 ft (4.026m) located in the Mosquito Range of central Colorado in the United States. This road has humbled many egos. It’s not for the sissies and shouldn’t be attempted by novice drivers. The road is in dreadful condition and requires strong nerves to negotiate it. It's one of the highest mountain roads of Colorado.
Pikes Peak, cheesily called “America's Mountain", is a a high mountain pass at an elevation of 14,115 ft (4.302 m) above the sea level, located in the Rocky Mountains in El Paso County in the United States of America. Along the way you’ll encounter some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world as you wind your way through an alpine wonderland of scenic beauty, mountain reservoirs, beyond timberline, overtaking the clouds… It's one of the highest roads of the USA.
Red Mountain Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 11,018 ft (3,358 m) above the sea level, located in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado. The pass is traversed by the US 550 (Million Dollar Highway). At this elevation, the pass is one of the highest paved passes in Colorado.
The Overseas Highway is one of the most beautiful scenic drives in America. This highway — the southernmost leg of U.S. 1 — is where the visitors from Florida's mainland can cross countless coral and limestone islets through that special world of the Florida Keys. It's one of the most scenic drives in the world. It's mostly over water, allowing you to enjoy the beautiful scenery and the ocean and of course, the incredible sunrises and sunsets depending on when you’re driving.
The Mount Evans Scenic Byway is the highest paved road in North America. It's located in Colorado, USA. The byway has a length of 28 miles (45 km) and has an elevation gain of 7,000 feet (2.100 m), achieving a final altitude of 14,130 feet (4.310 m). It's one of the highest roads of the USA.
Heralded as one of the most scenic drives in the United States, the Beartooth Highway is a 67 mile stretch of US Highway 212 with breathtaking views of the Absaroka and Beartooth Mountains, in Wyoming and Montana, climbing to an astounding 10,947 feet above sea level. With 10,000 mountain lakes, 20 peaks reaching over 12,000 feet in elevation, and 12 national forest campgrounds, the Beartooth Highway is one of America’s most scenic drives.
Hart’s Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1,859m (6,100 ft) above the sea level, located in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. It’s accessible by car and is the highest point in the State of Washington that one can drive. End of the road "after" Hart's pass, at the gate to Slate Peak Lookout, is 7,200 feet elevation.
Loveland Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 11,990ft (3.655m) above the sea level located in the Rocky Mountains of north-central Colorado, USA. It's said to be the highest mountain pass in the world that regularly stays open during a snowy winter season, but avalanches and heavy snowfalls can sometimes block some sections of the road. It's one of the highest mountain roads of Colorado.
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.
Going-to-the-Sun Road is one of the most amazing highlights of Glacier National Park. This engineering marvel is the only road that crosses Glacier National Park in Montana, USA, going over the Continental Divide at Logan Pass. It's one of the most scenic drives in the world. The road is one of the most difficult roads in North America to snowplow in the spring.
Mattole road is a 28 miles scenic road, located in Lost Coast, a mostly natural and development-free area of the California North Coast in Humboldt and Mendocino Counties, in USA.
Shafer Trail Road-Shafer Canyon Road is a 18 miles dangerous dirt track located in Moab, a city in Grand County, in eastern Utah, in the western United States. It requires extreme caution at the best of times for vehicles and mountain bikes, but especially so in inclement weather and at night.
Atigun Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4,739 feet (1-444 m) above the sea level, located in Alaska, in USA, across the Brooks Range, at the head of the Dietrich River. It's known as the highest year-round pass in the state and its 11 to 12 percent grades are sure to challenge even the most experienced drivers. The pass is traversed by the infamous Dalton Highway.