In the far western corner of Kosovo, beyond the town of Peja (or Peć, as it is known to Serbs), there’s a narrow pass that enters one of the most spectacular areas in the Balkans: the Rugova Gorge, where granite walls vault 609 meters (2,000 feet) above the Drini River. The gorge is traversed by M9 road. This gorge runs due west from Peja to the Montenegren border. The road ends abruptly on the border.
Alto de l’Angliru (also known as Gramonal) is one of the most famous mountains passes in the sport, and one of the most demanding: 12.2 kilometers at an incredible 10.2%, grading out at a maximum of 23.5% not far from the top. This mountain pass is located in in Asturias, near La Vega-Riosa, in northern Spain. This is a road that some professional cyclists have even refused to climb due to how rough it is.
Ojos del Salado is a massive stratovolcano in the Andes on the Argentina-Chile border and the highest volcano in the world at 6.891m (22,608ft). This mountain has been the scenario of several records for attaining the highest altitude aboard a land vehicle. It’s one of the highest accessibles point by car on Earth.
Colle delle Finestre is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.178m (7,145ft) above the sea level, located in the Alps, in the Italian region of Piemonte, Italy, linking Susa Valley and Cisone Valley. It's one of the highest asphalted roads of the Alps. The road is usually open from the first of June till September 30. The maximum grade is 14% and along its 18,6 km, there no less than 55 hairpins.
Situated on the Atlantic Coast, Chapman’s Peak Drive is one of the most spectacular coastal drives in the world. Running from Noordhoek to Hout Bay, the twisting 9km drive has 114 curves and gives you spectacular 180° views of the Atlantic coastline. It’s located at the south-western tip of South Africa. It's one of the most scenic drives in the world.
Built in 1833, this windy wild road of Les Ecouges zigzags up to the village of Rencurel, in the Isère department in south-eastern France, before crossing mountain pastures until the Col de Romeyère. This is not a road for people that fear heights. Of all the routes into Le Vercors, ‘Les Ecouges’ is the most vertiginous and the most stunning. It’s one of the French balcony roads. With provocative verticality and derisory barriers, the balcony section is as hair-raising as it is short and narrow.
The road between Kallikratis and Kapsodasos is a sharply winding and precipitous ascent in a a steep and narrow zig-zag road in southwest Crete, Greece. The road includes a challenging section (2.1km) with 7 hairpin turns and pretty steep (8.95%). It’s one of the famous hairpinned roads in the world.
Colle del Nivolet is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.641m (8,665 ft) above the sea level, located in the Eastern group of the Graian Alps in Italy. The pass is traversed by the road SP50 and it was the location of several scenes of The Italian Job film, including the final bus crash. It's one of the highest mountain roads of Italy.
The Old Axenstrasse is the name of the sharply winding and precipitous ascent in a a steep and narrow zig-zag road in Central Switzerland, with a length of 3,4 km. This old road was bypassed by the European route E41. Stay away if you're scared of heights.
Col de Tende (or Colle di Tenda) is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.870m (6,135ft) above the sea level, located in the Alps, on the border between France and Italy. In 7km this terrific road includes more than 48 hairpin turns. There are forts along the ridge line in both directions. It's one of the highest asphalted roads of the Alps.
SC-390 is the name of the sharply winding and precipitous ascent in a a steep and narrow zig-zag road in Serra do Rio do Rastro, a mountain range located in Lauro Müller, in the southeast of the state of Santa Catarina, Southern Brazil. It’s one of the famous hairpinned roads in the world. This ludicrously zigzagged route tumbles past waterfalls, through canyons and past spectacular scenery from start to finish.
At 7,488ft (2.282m) above the sea level, in the North Cascade Mountains of Washington, USA, sits the Slate Peak fire lookout tower. The road to Hart's Pass and on to Slate Peak is the highest maintained road in Washington State. During the Cold War, Slate Peak’s summit was leveled (reducing its height by 41 feet) for construction of an Air Force radar station. The station was never built but the road to the summit remains.
High altitude, thin, freezing dry air; intense harsh sunlight, galeforce winds with sub-zero windchill for hundreds and hundreds of kilometres. China National Highway 219 (G219) runs along the southwestern border of the People's Republic of China, from Yecheng (Karghilik) in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region to Lhatse in the Tibet Autonomous Region. Several stretches of the road are known to many as "no man's land." Its highest elevation is at 5.392m (17,690ft) above the sea level.
The Outback Highway or Outback Way is one of Australia’s great four wheel drive odysseys. It extends 2,800 km (1,740 mi) from Laverton, Western Australia to Winton, Queensland via central Australia. It’s known as Australia's longest shortcut and is an adventure track you will never forget.
Iron Mountain Road is a very scenic drive located in the Black Hills of South Dakota. In only 17 miles the road has 314 curves, 14 switchbacks, 3 tunnels and 3 pigtails, turns which loop over their own road, allowing the road to climb rapidly. The road encompasses miles of stunning views through twisty hair pin corners, high elevations and steep grades.
Karapınar-Gümüşkavak road is the name of the sharply winding and precipitous ascent in a a steep and narrow zig-zag road winding uphill to Kuş Yuvası Pass (Bird's Nest, a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.401m (4,596ft) above the sea level, located in the District of Alanya, in Antalya Province, Turkey. This climb isn't for the faint-hearted. You should be prepared to back up if you meet an oncoming vehicle.
The Col d'Izoard is one of the great Cols of the French Alps. At an elevation of 2.360m (7,746ft) above the sea level, it’s a high mountain pass located in Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur. Few Alpine cols are more mythic than the Izoard. The pass is traversed by the scenic Route des Grandes Alpes.
F208 is one of the most dangerous roads in Iceland but one of the most scenic drives in the country. In many places the road is bordered by a drop of hundreds of meters (many hundreds of feet) unprotected by guardrails. Expect very tough driving conditions with potholes, rocks, uneven terrain and even rivers to ford.
Karabet Geçidi is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.994m (9,822ft) above the sea level, located in Van Province, in eastern Turkey. It’s one of the highest roads of Europe.
The Portachuelo Llanganuco Pass, at an elevation of 4.767m (15.639') above the sea level, is perhaps the most significant gateway of the Huascaran National Park, Peru. The most challenging section of the road up to the pass is a 8.5km long section. Over this distance, the road includes 28 hairpin turns and the elevation gain is 527 meters. The average percentage is 6.2%. It’s one of the famous hairpinned roads in the world.
The Hana Highway is one of the most scenic drives in the world. Located in Maui, the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands, the road is 52 miles (84 km) long. You will pass 617 white-knuckle switchbacks, 56 one-lane bridges, and tons of waterfalls as you travel away from civilization. The ocean is down on one side of the road, with mountains rising on the other, and a few spectacular waterfalls that keep your attention wandering.