the world's most spectacular roads

Sometimes we’re so high up in the mountains that we take a deep breath and it feels like we havent’ any oxygen left at all. Even in these conditions, human beings have adapted to a huge variety of conditions, living in sky-high elevations over 16,700ft above the sea level.

This is the list of permanent settlements occupied year-round, accessible by car, from capital cities to remote villages, from the Himalayas to the Andes, where live life at astonishing heights. In many cases, the cold climate in winter necessitates a particular style of house; the type of agriculture practised and the domestic animals kept there are limited; or, the type of work carried on is specialised.

This is the list of the highest accessible towns by car on Earth by country, over the 3.300m above the sea level. Only permanent settlements occupied year-round are included. 

  Town Country Elevation (m) Elevation (ft) Road surface
1 La Rinconada Peru 5.100 16,732 Gravel
2 Wenquan China 5.100 16,732 Asphalt
3 El Aguilar Argentina 4.895 16,060 Gravel
4 Hikkim India 4.572 15,000 Gravel
5 Parinacota Chile 4.400 14,400 Gravel
6 Colquechaca Bolivia 4.167 13,671 Gravel
7 Murghab Tajikistan 3.618 11,869 Gravel
8 Raíces Mexico 3.531 11,919 Asphalt
9 Apartaderos Venezuela 3.505 11,499 Asphalt
10 Vetas Colombia 3.350 10,990 Gravel
11 Papallacta Ecuador 3.300 10,827 Asphalt
12 Alma United States 3.224 10,578 Asphalt

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Roads global map

Around the world

>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.

>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.

>Highest accessible towns by car on Earth. List of permanent settlements occupied year-round, accessible by car.

>Longest straight roads in the world. From point A to B in the fastest time possible, sometimes you need to cut corners.

>The world's northernmost road ends. Get a reliable car, lots of food, water, matches, warm clothing, and gas.

>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.


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