Imagine driving down a scenic road in some exotic, foreign and far-flung locale with your loved ones and around the bend the trail disappears and the road practically turns into a narrow route with zero visibility. Indeed a fun road trip can turn into a living nightmare if you encounter roads that are unsafe. Here is a list of 7 dangerous roads in the world that will turn your knuckles white:
1. Dalton Highway, Alaska
Dalton Highway is one of the most dangerous roads in the world and is surrounded by miles of dramatic scenery and beauty. The 666 kilometer road winds through thick forests, gushing Yukon river and towering Brooks mountain range. The Dalton Highway was constructed in 1974 for Trans-Alaska pipeline. However, the service road is mostly gravel and there are signs that warn people of unexpected avalanches and steep ridges.
One of the most dangerous roads in the world, The Transalpina, winds through the mighty Fagaras Mountains. Also known as Transfagarasan Highway, driving on this road is considered as the most exciting and inspirational drive. The Transalpina is also featured in the famous Jeremy Clarkson’s show, Top Gear. However, the road has endless steep curves with no signs or barriers that can lead to a sheer drop of 1,000 feet.
3. Yungas Road, Bolivia
Commonly known as the ‘death road’, the terrifying route devours almost 300 tumultuous deaths every year. The road is situated at a height of 15,400 feet amidst the rolling hills of Amazon rain forest. Besides enamoring beauty, the road has no railings and stretches to jungle-clad mountains looking into nauseating deep canyons and ridges. Besides being dangerous, the road is also subject to unexpected avalanches and landslides.
4. Atlantic Ocean Road, Norway
Atlantic Ocean Road is a unique stretch of route located in the midwest part of the Norwegian Coastline. The road has been voted as the most scenic drives in the world. Driving on this road is not only exhilarating but also dangerous. The curvy road arches over brutal waves of the Norwegian Sea that often crash on the pavement. The road ends at the edge of the ocean that looks like a dream-like seance. However, the road isn’t for the faint-hearted. The road has a roller coaster like feeling with sharp curves and terrifying bridges overlooking the deep Norwegian Sea. The weather in this area is known to be unpredictable and harsh that can lead to visibility issues and sudden changes in the temperature creating road blocks.
5. Le Passage du Gois, France
Passage du Gois is a tidal causeway in France, situated on the Bay of Bourgneuf. The road stretches to an extensive 4.5 kilo meters providing breathtaking and magnificent views. Driving on the road is often perilous and terrifying. The causeway has huge warning signs and rescue towers to counter terrible storms and winding paths. Also known as the ‘disappearing road’ in France, the unique causeway disappears twice under water everyday.