Crazy bends, roaming livestock, or completely submerged under high tides – here are the 10 most dangerous roads in the world.
1. Tianmen Mountain Road, China
A 6.8-mile road with 99 bends reaches the top of Tianmen Mountain, located within the Tianmen Mountain National Park, Zhangjiajie, in the northwestern Hunan Province.
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2. Dalton Highway, Alaska
The James. W. Dalton Highway consists of a barren 414-mile road with only three small villages along the way. You probably don’t want to catch a flat on this road.
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3. Transfăgărășan, Romania
This 60-mile road runs between Romania’s two highest peaks. The road is usually closed from late October until late June because of the snow.
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4. Guoliang Tunnel, China
The road through the Taihang Mountains was built by local villagers. They sold their livestock to raise funds to buy tools and materials. Thirteen villagers began the project, with one dying during construction. Without access to power tools, they undertook construction mostly with hammers and chisels. Until 1972, the path chiseled into the rock was the only link between the Village of Guoliang and the outside world. It took five years to finish the 1,200-meter-long tunnel which is about 5 meters high and 4 meters wide, and is open to vehicular traffic.
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5. Passage du Gois, France
This 2.7-mile-long causeway is only passable for a few hours a day. The rest of the time, it’s submerged in the Atlantic by incoming tides.
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6. Yungas Road, Bolivia
Considered one of the most dangerous roads in the world, this road claims 200 to 300 lives each year. There’s a wall of rock on one side and a 2,000-foot drop on the other.
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7. Hana, Hawaii
This 64.4-mile road connects Kahului with the town of Hāna in Maui.
The narrow, winding highway passes over 59 bridges, 46 of which are only one lane wide. The road is the way to many popular treasures, such as the Seven Sacred Pools. However, the dirt road past Route 31 is sometimes closed to traffic due to landslides and most major rental car contracts forbid driving this section.
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8. Zoji La, India
This 5.6-mile road connects Ladakh and Kashmir in India, and is the second highest pass on the Srinagar-Leh highway, at 11,575 ft.
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9. Gotthard Pass, Switzerland
Gotthard Pass in Switzerland is a mountain pass in the Alps, connecting northern to southern Switzerland.
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10. Caucasus Mountain Road, Russia
The narrow road from Sochi to Lake Ritsa in the Caucasus Mountains.
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