I imagine that one day, the people in Norway got to thinking, "Hey, let's build a road with a big, looping corner for no reason, followed by a blinding straightaway through crashing waves, because why not?"
Worry not, travelers, as recently, India has decided to make National Highway 22 a little bit safer by widening it to four lanes. You know what else that means? In the meantime, drivers will now have to journey through this road while it's under construction!
This quaint little drive has the distinction of being the one road in New Zealand where rental car insurance is not honored if driven upon. But, with a cute name like "Skipper's Canyon," it can't be all bad, can it? Well, when you consider that one portion of the road is known locally as "Hell's Gate," maybe it's best if you just go along on foot.
At 6,800 miles, Russia's Trans-Siberian Highway is one of the longest roads in the world. Many miles of it are barely driveable. But, when you consider the fact that much of the road was literally constructed by gulag inmates, I'd say you should just take what you can get.
In English, this road's name translates to "The Friendship Track," but trust us, there's nothing friendly about this steep, narrow, washed-out gravel road on the Franco-Italian border. If you see anyone else coming the other way, your best bet is to follow the French way of life. That is, immediately surrender.
While this roadway frequently finds itself on lists of the most scenic drives in the world, we can't stop thinking about the death trap it would be if you found yourself on the Overseas Highway during one of those famous Florida hurricanes. That combines two of my worst fears: getting killed by a natural disaster, and being in Florida.
This Albanian death trap is a rocky, precarious, winding road with no shoulder. On the plus side, though, Google Maps estimates that driving the 20-mile stretch should only take you about an hour and a half, which actually makes it faster than Los Angeles traffic.
Believe it or not, the Guoliang Tunnel Road was built in 1972 as a safer alternative to the existing road through the Taihang Mountains. Authorities suggest that drivers focus entirely on the road and keep off their phones during this particular stretch into the village of Guoliang. But then again, is there anything more badass than live tweeting your drive through one of the scariest routes in the world? I say go for it. What's the worst that could happen?
This road goes by a few names, but my favorite informal moniker is Paso Los Caracoles (in English: Snail's Pass). It's a good name, because you had better plan on driving at a snail's pace if you want to make it through these seventeen switchbacks toward the Argentinian border without tumbling back into Chile.
Alaska Route 11, better known as the Dalton Highway, is a brutal 414-mile unpaved roadway that takes you all the way North to the Arctic Ocean. If you're driving this beast, you'd better come prepared, as there are only three inhabited towns along the way, which means only three places to stop for food, fuel, or lodging. On the plus side, that gives you plenty of downtime in the car to explain to your kids why you took them to remote Alaska for vacation instead of Disney World.
This incredible road was built by the Italians during World War I as a military access trail. That's great, because the only thing more terrifying than teetering through the narrow cliffs and pitch-black tunnels of Mount Pasubio is doing so while hauling a load of heavy artillery.
We may call it North Yungas Road, but out in Bolivia, locals know it by its nickname, "The Road of Death." And if you think they're just being dramatic, you should know that a 2006 study estimated that 200 to 300 travelers were killed annually on this particular stretch that connects the Amazon rainforest to La Paz. So, if you're among the thousands of thrill seekers that trek to this route annually, make sure you have a solid life insurance policy in place.
Just like North Yungas Road, Bolivia's Chulumani Road also has an informal name used by locals: South Yungas Road.
That's right, this fatal, perilous roadway is considered the bypass route for people who don't quite feel skilled enough to drive on the famous Road of Death, but still want a chance to look the Grim Reaper in the eye and spit in his face.
This beauty was built hundreds of years ago by the villagers of the Nanga Parbat Mountain, and has not once been maintained or updated since then. Well, you know the phrase: "If you're gonna build something, build it right the first time... and then let your descendants charge tolls on it for generations while it slowly falls apart."
In the aboriginal Truku language, the word "Taroko" means "magnificent and splendid." As far as I'm concerned, though, it might as well mean "twelve miles of white-knuckled terror." Oh, and did we mention that this area of the country is prone to typhoons? Enjoy your drive!
This amazing Swiss road is 24 miles of pure driving bliss... if you can traverse it during the summer months. However, if you happen to be making your way through the Bernese Alps after a snowfall, you may as well just close your eyes and choose a direction, because this bumpy, slippery, hairpinned route is truly unforgiving. Thankfully, I hear they have good health care.
You remember that episode of The Brady Bunch when Mike walked into a meeting, only to realize that he accidentally switched his important design blueprints with Jan's Yogi Bear poster? I'm pretty sure that's what happened with the designer of this Norwegian road and his son's doodle of a tornado. That's the only possible explanation.