The 15 most treacherous roads in the world. Don't get dizzy!
Have you ever found yourself driving on a section of road that you just prayed would end quickly? Well, if you haven't been on one of these routes, you haven't seen anything yet. Fasten your seatbelt: you're heading out on the most dangerous roads in the world!
1. Kolima Highway, Russia
Although the official name of the road linking Yakutsk and Magadan is "Kolima," people have always called it the "road of death." The first 50 miles were built by prisoners in 1932.
2. Le Passage du Gois, France
This motorway only opens a few hours a day. The rest of the time it's under water. Before starting off, read the signs carefully to check the schedule or you and your car might end up swimming with the fishes.
3. Tianmen Mountain Highway, China
This road is about 6 miles long, has 99 turns, and the difference in height between the bottom and top is well over half a mile. You have to be brave to use it!
4. The Guoliang Tunnel Road, China
This tunnel was built by the local government to help connect the town with the outside world. Previously the only road had been at the foot of the cliffs.
5. The Road to the Yungas, Bolivia
This is one of the most dangerous roads in the world, taking between 200 and 300 lives a year. On one side, steep mountains, on the other, an almost half mile drop. And no, there's no side rail. I can’t imagine risking it!
6. Hana Highway, Hawaii
This narrow 64-mile route across the island connects Kahului and Hana on Maui. It includes 59 bridges, of which 46 have just a single lane. The partly dirt road is often closed due to landslides.
7. Dalton Expressway, Alaska
The Dalton Expressway is the most isolated in the world: it is over 400 miles long, connecting only three small towns. It's believed to be the snowiest highway in the world.
8. Col de la Bonette, France
This dangerous mountain pass is located a mile and a quarter above sea level in the French Alps, just over the Italian border. It has unexpected and very pronounced turns.
9. Transfăgărăşan, Romania
Located in the Carpathian Mountains this one reaches well over a mile above sea level and is the highest road in Romania. It's known for its beautiful views — and for how dangerous it is.
10. Khardung La, India
According to official records, this road is three miles above sea level. The Guinness Book of World Records and National Geographic have both recognized Khardung La as the highest mountain pass in the world.
11. Atlantic Highway, Norway
This road connects a number of small coastal towns and is a truly impressive site to visit.
12. St. Gotthard Pass, Switzerland
One of the highest mountain passes in the Alps, its 40 miles offer stunning views of the landscape.
13. Mountain road, Caucasus, Russia
This narrow road connects Sochi with Ritsa Lake by weaving through the mountains.
14. Zoji La, India
This 9-mile pass creates an essential contact between the Ladakh and Kashmir Valleys. It's incredibly sinuous, despite having to accommodate livestock and cars.
15. Eshima Ohashi Bridge, Japan
In spite of just being a bridge, it's at least as lethal as some of these roads. It connects Sakaiminato with a place called Matsue. It's a mile long and just 36 feet wide. Because of its height, ships and large boats are able to sail under it.
Don't let these pictures give you vertigo or rob you of your wanderlust! They're all wonders of engineering and offer exceptionally great views... maybe worth a try?