The 12 most frightening roads in the world

Some road trips are not for the faint of heart.

We scoured the internet for the most frightening roads around the world, featuring hairpin turns, crashing waves, and bandits hidden just around the bend.

From Brazil’s Death Road to Russia’s Road of Bones, these 12 thruways will have you gripping your seatbelt for dear life.

Alaska's nightmarish Dalton Highway stretches some 640km through remote forests, tundras, and over the Yukon River. It concludes at the Arctic Ocean.

The mostly gravel road, constructed as a service road for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, contains signs warning of steep grades and avalanches. No thanks.

A bridge on Norway's Atlantic Road appears to lead to nowhere approaching from the other side.

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Gusts of wind and waves crash over the barricades onto the road during storms.

Within 160km of the coldest inhabited place on Earth, eastern Russia's Kolyma Highway offers little refuge. Bears attack stranded drivers in broad daylight.


Kolyma Highway goes by another name, the Road of Bones. Tens of thousands of gulag prisoners died constructing it, and their bones are buried beneath.

The well-beaten Ho Chi Minh Trail, which winds through mountains and rice fields in Vietnam and Laos, served as a Communist supply route during the Vietnam war.

Aerial raids during the war left the muddy road littered with unexploded bombs. Some 80 million live bomblets remain hidden under Laos' soil.
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Bolivia's Yungas Road is as much a death trap as a tourist one: Some 300 drivers and cyclists perish on the 4000m descent from the Andes to the rainforest each year.

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The single-lane dirt road clings to rock face the whole way down, threatening to cast riders off the edge if they're distracted for just a moment.

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Stelvio Pass, which once formed the boundary between Italy and the Austro-Hungarian Empire, snakes 3000m uphill into the Alpine mountain range.

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The impressive ascent and its 48 hairpin turns have attracted racing enthusiasts and professional motorsport drivers from around the world.

Local folklore says Colorado's Million Dollar Highway got its name because an early traveller said you'd have to pay him a million dollars to drive it again.

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The stretch of US Route 550 traverses three 3300m mountains passes, and features jaw-dropping cliffs, tight lanes, and hairpin curves.

Tired of taking the long way around to town, a small group of villagers carved the Guoliang Tunnel into China's Taihang Mountains more than 40 years ago.

It took five years for the 13 villagers to complete the nearly 1300m tunnel, which is just wide enough to be driven along. Thirty hand-carved windows give daring drivers a peak at the drop just outside.

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Google search Luxor-al-Hurghada Road in Egypt and one of the first results you'll see reads, 'Is it safe for tourists?' Treacherous terrain is not the main concern here ...

Luxor-al-Hurghada Road.

Luxor-al-Hurghada Road, which provides a straight shot from the Red Sea to the city of Luxor, is a popular hangout for bandits and terrorists. They supposedly prey on unsuspecting motorists at night.

The highest motorway in the world, the Karakoram Highway, emerged as a joint construction project between China and Pakistan in the '60s. The heavily dusted desert road reaches almost 3 miles high at its peak.

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Close to 900 construction workers died while constructing the so-called eighth world wonder, killed during blasts or by falling into a gorge.

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The Philippines' Commonwealth Avenue is home to three to five accidents daily, earning it the nickname 'Killer Highway.' Sensing a theme?

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Commonwealth Avenue.

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The 12km urban highway spans 18 lanes in some parts, encouraging drivers to weave in and out of traffic dangerously.

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