With a total length of 60km, Via del Sale is an old military road, between Monesi and Limone (Italy). Among many roads that connected the ancient Liguria and Piedmont to France, this is one of the most famous and popular. This road has humbled many egos. It’s not for the sissies and shouldn’t be attempted by novice drivers.
Umbrail Pass is an international high mountain pass at 2.501 m (8,205 ft) above the sea level, located in the Alps, on the Swiss-Italian border. At this elevation the road over the pass is currently the highest paved road in Switzerland, and one of the highest roads of the Alps.
The Austrian Road, so-called because it was built by Austrian POW's during WW1 in 1915, is a marvel of engineering located in the Altai Mountains of East Kazakhstan. The road is 60km (5 hours) long and climbs several mountain passes, including Burkhatskiy Passat 2.137 m (7,011 ft) above the sea level and Alatajsky Pass, at 1.792 m (5,879 ft).
Needle’s Eye is a tunnel blasted through sheer granite walls traversed by South Dakota Highway 87 (also known as Needles Highway). As part of the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway, the Needles Highway stretches 14 miles through granite structures and pine covered mountains. With so much scenery to absorb, don't be surprised if you find yourself driving 20 miles per hour.
Stretching almost 7,000 miles from St Petersburg to Vladivostok, the Trans-Siberian Highway is the name for a network of federal highways that span the width of Russia from the Baltic Sea of the Atlantic Ocean to the Japan Sea of the Pacific Ocean. It’s one of the longest roads in the world across some of the toughest environments and terrain around.
Mauna Loa Observatory is a premier atmospheric research facility at an elevation of 3.402m (11,161ft) above the sea level, located in the U.S. state of Hawai’i in the Pacific Ocean. Do not take this drive if you have respiratory problems or any type of heart condition. It's one of the highest paved roads of the country.
Located in the south of Colombia, going through the Valley of Sibundoy, the road between Mocoa and San Francisco in the department of Putumayo in Colombia, is one of the most dangerous roads in the world. The road was built in 1930 and zigzags the Andean mountain range. There have been numerous deaths from cars falling off.
A short section of the D22 road, through the Gorges du Nan, with a length of 5.5 miles only, links the towns of Malleval-en-Vercors and Cognin-les-Gorges. This road is located in Vercors national park (Rhone-Alpes), south of Grenoble (France). It’s one of the French balcony roads.
Serra da Leba pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.845m (6,053ft) above the sea level, located in the province of Huíla, in Angola. The road to the top is asphalted and pretty steep. The most challenging part of the climb is a short section of 1.7km, with 7 hairpin turns. It’s one of the famous hairpinned roads in the world.
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 has been ranked as one of the 10 worst roads in New Zealand by the Police. It’s one of the most scenic drives in the world.
The Mangart Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.072m (6,798ft) above the sea level, located in the Julian Alps, on the border between Italy and Slovenia. It’s said to be the highest-lying road in Slovenia.
Eyre Highway is an asphalted highway in Australia, with a length of 1,675 km (1041 mi), linking Western Australia and South Australia via the Nullarbor Plain. It includes what is said to be the longest straight stretch of road in the country: 146.6 kilometres (91.1 mi) without any turn. For much of its length, it can be described as a long and lonely road. It’s one of the Australian longest roads.
Kemaliye Taş Yolu is one of the most extreme roads in the world. Located in the Eastern Anatolia region of Turkey, this handmade road is extremely challenging, with drops of hundreds of meters unprotected by guardrails and 22 unlit and extremely narrow tunnels. The construction of the road started in 1870 and finished in 2002.
Shipki La is a high mountain pass and border post on the India-China border, at an elevation of 3.930 m (12,894ft) above the sea level. The border is no longer open for non-residents. The pass is traversed by the National Highway 5, the former NH22.
Mineral Bottom is a 16 miles trail, located in Grand County, Utah (USA), driveable all year round. On August 19th, 2010, severe storms caused flash flooding and rock falls that blocked or washed away roads throughout the Canyonlands area. There is little room for error on this road. It's normal for your palms to sweat looking at those photos.
The Burr Trail is a dirt track located in Utah, USA, with a length of 68-mile (109 km), winding through dramatic portions of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Capitol Reef National Park and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Although in dry weather it's easily accessible to passenger cars, wet weather may make the road impassable even for 4WD vehicles. It’s one of the famous hairpinned roads in the world.
Mount Antero is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 4.189m (13,743ft) above the sea level, located in Chaffee County, Colorado, USA, in the San Isabel National Forest. The road to the summit is rock, rough and requires four-wheel drive. Expect a dramatic set of switchbacks ascending up to the summit. It's one of the highest roads of the USA.
Cerro Uturuncu, (also known as Uturunku or Uturunco) is a stratovolcano in southwestern Bolivia, located in the Potosí Department, Sur Lípez Province, San Pablo de Lípez Municipality. At an elevation of 6.008m (19,711ft) it's one of the highest motorable road passes of the world. The biggest problem is the extremely low oxygen for engine combustion.
The Dempster Highway is a very scenic gravel highway across miles of desolate Arctic landscape, in Canada. It’s the only all-weather road to cross the Arctic Circle. It's incredibly beautiful, somewhat dangerous and perhaps something you get to see only once (if that) in your life. If your ideal road trip involves getting way off the beaten track then this is the drive for you.
Scanuppia - Malga Palazzo it’s said to be the steepest hardest long climb on a sealed-surface road in Europe (or the world). It's located in Besenello,a municipality in Trentino in the northern Italian region Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol.
Cirque de Jaffar is a natural cirque located in the Eastern High Atlas, a mountain range in central Morocco in Northern Africa. The road to this amphitheatre is one of the most dangerous roads in the world. It’s incredibly disorienting to look over the edge, or even just to see the valleys a couple thousand feet below you. Drivers must remain cautious as the pass has been known to claim the lives of careless drivers.