Mount Barrow is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.413m (4,636ft) above the sea level, located just east of Launceston in north east Tasmania. The drive is stunning. It's one of the most scenic drives in the world. Avoid driving in this area if unpaved mountain roads aren't your strong point. Stay away if you're scared of heights.
The Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia, Canada, is one of the most scenic drives in the world. This scenic roadway is located in northern Victoria County and Inverness County on Cape Breton Island, in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. The Cabot Trail is more than a magnificent world-renowned drive – it is an experience… One to delight in…one to be savoured.
Black Rock Reservoir is a small remote scenic lake at an elevation of 1.260m (4,133 ft) above the sea level, located on the outskirts of Kings Canyon National Park and on the edge of Sierra National Forest, in California, USA. If you dare to take the risk and travel along this bumpy route, then make sure to be driven by someone who has experience of the road. Take a tip from the tortoise: slow and steady wins the race.
Cerro Chacaltaya is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5.260m (17,257 ft) above the sea level, located in the Cordillera Real of the Bolivian Andes. The road still remains an adrenaline-pumping journey and is definitely not for the faint of lungs, heart, or legs. It's one of the highest mountain roads of the country.
The Buynovo Gorge road is located in the Rhodope Mountains, north of the village of Buynovo (Borino municipality), on both sides of the Buynovska River which is a tributary of the Vacha River, Bulgaria. It is recommended that beginner riders avoid this road. There are sheer drops virtually along the entire route and enough hairpins to make a whirling dervish dizzy.
Located in the county of Northumberland, in the extreme Northeast corner of England, just a few miles south of the border with Scotland, it lies a tidal island known as Holy Island, also called Lindisfarne. Twice a day the ancient path to the island disappears with the tides, leaving the Holy Island of Lindisfarne out to sea. Each year there are many reports of people 'risking it' and having to be rescued from one of the raised safety points on the causeway.
Located in the Ismailli Rayon of Azerbaijan, the road to Lahij is one of the most dangerous drives in the world. It follows a river with huge cliffs and some drops of 300m. Due to frequent earthquakes, it can be closed anytime. A 4 WD and an experienced driver are recommended. Avoid driving in this area if unpaved mountain roads aren't your strong point.
Semo La is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5.578m (18,300ft) above the sea level, located in Tsochen county in Ngari Prefecture, in the central part of Tibet, in China. It gives access to the Chang Tang region. It’s one of the highest roads of the country. Most people feel altitude sickness at around 2,500-2,800 meters. Near the pass, oxygen is in short supply.
Located in the Rhodope Mountains of Smolyan Province in the far south of Bulgaria, the Devil’s Throat Cave (Dyavolsko garlo Cave) is a spectacular cave resembling a devil's head with a waterfall rushing down its throat. Oncoming traffic is a nightmare. The road is cut into the rocky side of the gorge.
The Old Gavia Road is a short section of the famous climb to the Passo di Gavia. It’s 500m long and is an old road near the abyss. It’s now quite washed out with large stones and in places where the railing was missing it had been replaced with strings. The road is certainly breathtaking and it has a fearsome reputation. Despite the fact that there is a driving ban, the barriers on both sides have disappeared.
Aucanquilcha is a massive stratovolcano at an elevation of 6,176m (20,262ft) above the sea level, located in Antofagasta Region of northern Chile. An old mine road used to run to the top, but now much of it above 5,500m has been wiped out by landslides. For several years, it was the highest driveable road in the world.
Suge La is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5.430m (17,815 feet) above the sea level, located in the Nyenchen Dangla Mountains about 110kms northwest of Lhasa. It’s one of the highest motorable road passes of the world. Most people feel altitude sickness at around 2,500-2,800 meters. Near the pass, oxygen is in short supply.
Located in the Gilgit district, Northern Areas, in northern Pakistan, the Khaltaro Valley Road is one of the scariest roads ever. Imagine a narrow gravel road, very steep (up to 15%) with horrendous drops on both sides. Welcome to hell! Only the suicidal, the insane, or the paid-to-do-this should ever drive down.
The Road to Anabar is an epic ice road trip in Russia linking Lake Baikal (Irkutsk) and Anabar Bay, in the Laptev Sea. It’s said to be the world's northernmost road end, ending at 72°49' North, higher north than the Nordkapp, Prudhoe Bay or Tuktoyatuk.
Tizi-n'Ouano is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.910m (9,547ft) above the sea level, located in central Morocco, in the Atlas Mountains. It’s one of the highest roads of Morocco.
Located in New Mexico’s Jemez Mountains, in Sandoval County, in USA, the Gilman Tunnels blasted out of the rock in the 1920’s, were originally used for a logging railroad and are quite high. The drive, in the Santa Fe National Forest, is definitely worth it.
The Road to Fontana Amoroza, located on the Akamas Peninsula at the north-west end of the island of Cyprus, is one of the most dangerous roads in the world, as well as one of the world’s best coastal drives. The road starts with a sign which - truthfully- says "Do not enter - dangerous for cars". The route demands 100% concentration.
Baboons Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.689m (8,822ft) above the sea level located in the Maseru District of Lesotho. This pass near Ramabanta is one of the most remote, roughest and impassable passes in the country -- more suitable for donkeys than for vehicles. It's one of the highest roads of Lesotho.
At 5.793m (19,005ft) above the sea level, Umling La is one of the highest motorable roads in the world. Located in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, in India, there is a real risk of AMS (altitude-mountain-sickness) and death due to Pulmonary Edema and Cerebral Edema.
Located in the middle of the Dolomites, in the Italian Belluno province, part of the Veneto region, the road along the Serrai di Sottoguda gorges is one of the narrowest roads in the world. The Sottoguda gorge is closed to traffic. Only pedestrians and cyclists are allowed.