The Saint Gotthard Pass is one of the highest mountain passes of the Alps. It is located in central Switzerland and has an elevation of 6,860 feet above sea level. The first road built over the pass was opened in 1830. Its drops, twists and turns makes this road a very scary adventure.
The Zoji La mountain pass is located in India and connects Ladakh and Kashmir. So why is this road so terrifying? Not only was the road built 11,580 feet above sea level, but it is also extremely narrow and has no barriers. To makes matters worse, the region where it is located is known for its vicious winds and heavy snowfall. I'm going to pass on this mountain pass.
Col de la Bonette is a high mountain pass in the French Alps close to Italy. The road sits 8,907 feet above the sea level and is located in the Mercantour National Park. A sign at the base of the mountain pass says, "Col de la Bonette, the highest road in Europe," which isn’t actually true. It is one of the top #25 highest mountain roads in Europe, but not the highest.
While the Atlantic Ocean Road is only a little more than 5 miles long, it’ll still scare the pants off of you. It is made up of 8 terrifying bridges that connect a chain of Norwegian islands with a winding road that hugs the sea. Because of the area's intense windstorms, the road was almost impossible to build, but it was finally opened in 1989.
The Guoliang Tunnel is carved into China's Taihang Mountains and was built entirely by village locals. For five years, thirteen villagers worked on the tunnel and used more than 12 tons of drill rods and 4,000 hammers. On May 1, 1977, the tunnel was opened to traffic. Today you can still travel through the tunnel either by foot or by vehicle.
The Dalton Highway is a 414-mile road built in 1974 and it is made mostly of gravel. The highway stretches from Livengood to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska and it travels through forest and tundra. The road crosses the Yukon River and Brooks Range and then passes over the North Slope and ends at the Arctic Ocean. Signs lead the way warning drivers of steep grades and avalanches.
The Transfăgărășan mountain road in Romania is 56 miles long and runs through the Fagaras mountains in the Transylvanian Alps. The road connects Transsylvania with Muntenia and is more than 7,000 feet high. The road is often closed from October to June because of snow and extreme weather. I'm getting carsick just thinking about those turns.
Khardung La is a mountain pass located in the Ladakh region of India that lies 17,582 feet above sea level. The narrow dirt road was built in 1976 and the roads are not paved. The frozen mix of ice and dirt make this trail one very slippery and narrow adventure.
Passage du Gois is a natural passage in the Atlantic coast of France that is only 2.58 miles long. The road can only be traveled on at low tide because the passage floods twice a day by the high tide. Watch out for slippery seaweed and bring a raft just in case!
The Eshima Ohashi Bridge is located in the Chugoku region of Honshu in Japan. It is the largest rigid frame bridge in Japan and the third largest in the world. Because the bridge is so high, ships are able to pass under it with ease. As you an see from the picture, this roller coaster of a bridge is not meant for anyone afraid of heights.
When you drive down Yungas Road in Bolivia you have solid rock on one side known for falling rocks and mudslides and then a 2,000 foot drop on the other. The road is only 12 feet wide and it is known as "Death Road." Many of the road's sections are unpaved with no guardrails and there is often heavy rain and fog from the Amazon. It is estimated that 200 to 300 people are killed on the road every year. Yea, no thanks!
The Tianmen Mountain Road in China is just over 6 miles in length. The route is known for its 99 turns that symbolizes their belief that heaven has nine palaces. Because of this, the windy road was nicknamed "Heaven-Linking Avenue." The construction of the road took eight years and was finished in 2006.