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Sam
Munich

General Travel

Where are the craziest roads in the world?

I recently was on a crazy road in Moab, Utah and it was a rush. What was the scariest road you've ever been and how was being on it? Looking forward to hearing your stories and would love to see photos! 


28 Answers

top answer by
Kelly from Los Angeles

One road trip that definitely takes some courage is the ride from Kingston (Jamaica), the capital of Jamaica, to a mountain resort called Strawberry Hill. The trip takes you from the city into the lush Blue Mountains, but the switchback turns, high altitude, and narrow roads contrast the peace of the natural surroundings. 

Nevertheless, the ride is worth it. Other than being a luxurious hideaway in a setting that's internationally known for its coffee, Strawberry Hill is also famous for its celebrity guests. As you stroll the property, and shake off the adrenaline rush from the road, seek out the photos of familiar faces -- like the island's icon, Bob Marley. 


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  1. Kingston (Jamaica) (city)
  2. Strawberry Hill (hotel)
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answered by
nina from Miami

the yungas road aka "death road" in La Paz Dept. it's an amazing yet scary experience full of sharp turns and steep hills. you start off high in the mountains in the snow and end up in the humid tropical jungle!


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  1. La Paz Dept (state)
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answered by
Janelle from Charleston

Any road in Israelscares the crap out of me.  Not because of the road itself but because of the drivers.  Apparently you need 3 hands to drive in Israel: one hand to work the gearshift, one hand to hold your phone and the third hand to honk the horn and stick out the window to make obscene gestures at other drivers.  Seems like most Israelis think the steering wheel exists primarily for decoration.


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  1. Israel (country)
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answered by
Johnny from Las Vegas

Of course, Lombard Street in San Francisco... the "crookedest street in the world".  It's scariest on a skateboard!



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  1. Lombard Street (attraction)
  2. San Francisco (city)
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Keith from Bowness-on-Windermere

There are no crazy roads, only crazy drivers! But, the one that had the greatest pucker factor for me was the old Seven Sisters road up to Troodos in Cyprus... always the chance of meeting a tank transporter or a village bus coming the other way. They've by-passed it now, and a drive up to/down from Troodos is nothing like the 'pass me my brown trousers' experience it used to be. 


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  1. Troodos (city)
  2. Cyprus (country)
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answered by
Jacey & Scott from Fort Collins

From a purely scary (as in drivers)-anything outside a major city in Vietnam.  We had a driver take us from Hue to Hoi An and boy were we in for a treat.  We had no idea that normal is to pull out into on-coming traffic to pass.  We realized after several heart stopping moments, that the on-coming traffic will indeed stop or slow down.  And driving on shoulders is completely normal.


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  1. Vietnam (country)
  2. Hue (city)
  3. Hoi An (city)
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answered first by
Kristal from San Francisco

Hi Sam,

The drive on highway 1 through Big Sur is really nice and coastal, but it also drops off so it can be pretty crazy. I don't have personal pictures with me so here's one from Google images: 

Another crazy drive that i've done is the Amalfi Coast, this road is super windy, narrow and there is no where to land except rocks and water. The drivers are also used to it and much more daring so it's really scary when you're taking a turn and you have a huge tour bus coming in the opposite direction, with such narrow streets I honestly thought we would get smashed every time and we were driving a stick shift so with all those factors thrown into the mix, i'm glad we made it out alive :)



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  1. Big Sur (city)
  2. Amalfi Coast (attraction)
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answered by
Jonathan from Niskayuna, New York

On the right side of the U.S. is the Dragons Tail. It's an 11 mile road with over 300 hairpin turns. Mostly known among motorcyclist, there is a growing amount of car enthusiasts now using it as well. The road starts in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park of NC and crosses over into Tennessee on the other side. The scenery is beautiful, especially in the fall, if your not focused on staying in your lane and not careening off the sides. http://tailofthedragon.com


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  1. Great Smoky Mountain National Park (park)
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answered by
Shahnawaz from New Delhi

Kunzum PassAlso the road to the Ladakh Vacation



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  1. Kunzum Pass (attraction)
  2. Ladakh Vacation (attraction)
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answered by
Cathie from Murrieta

Besides driving the Ortega Highway (Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA to Orange County I have experience my share of wild roads but by far the craziest road I have driven was from Athens to Olympia through the mountains.  Its barely one lane and in fact in some areas it is one lane.  There are no guard rails and the drop has to be at least 5 miles.  There are parts with a bridge that looks like a steel plate placed down like we would see in construction areas, you hope your car will pass safely.  With that said, there are some incredible views and beautiful villages.  My favorite was Lagkadia which is a small village cut into the mountain side, just amazing.  It was a one way trip for us, we took the northern coast highway back to Athens, which has many things to see as well. 


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Ortega Highway (attraction)
  2. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA (neighborhood)
  3. Orange County (metro area)
  4. Athens (city)
  5. Olympia (region)
  6. Lagkadia (city)
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answered by
Jules from London

I'd say probably Mountain road in Bolivia. It is situated in extremely mountainous region, with elevation up to 4760m (15,616 ft). 



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answered by
Sunil

The Himalayan road in India, from Shimla via Reckong Peo to Kaza in the Spiti valley is a crazy yet fun drive. It;s listed (sign boards along the road too) as one of the most dangerous roads in the world. Narrow 5 feet wide roads and mutliple landslides along the way keep you on the edge all through. From Shimla to Kaza, its about 18 hours of driving so best stop to spend the night someplace. I did it in winters with icy roads and 5 feet snow, but I'm sure its pretty challenging all year round. 


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answered by
Hazel from Port St. Lucie

Well, driving around Atlanta, Chicago, Nashville, Orlando, Tampa, Detroit, Las Vegas, El Paso, Texas, LA, Baltimore, and Utah is pretty crazy 24/7.


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answered by
Pamela from Falls Church

I have three crazy roads to add to this list.

St John's Highway 108 to Highway 10.  This road crosses the middle of the island and climbs up and up and at one point completely turns back on itself at such an acute angle and pitch we thought we would not make it.  The middle section of this road is packed mud. When you look up the island hillsides and see homes high up, nestling in the vegetation, this road is how they go home.

Death Valley Titus Canyon, amazing, frightening and I was so glad to be the passenger not the driver.  This is a single lane track which begins on the Nevada side outside of the National Park.The first part of the trip climbs over two folds in the Grapevine Mountains winding up and down the mountains with spectacular drop offs, no guard rails. Eventually you arrive at Leadfield Ghost Town which is a great place to take a break before continuing onto the rest of trip.  The single lane track continues between stark canyon walls rising above you twisting and turning showing walls of different colors and shapes bending around you.  When we stopped to take photographs in the canyon there was complete silence around us, awesome.  It took us over three hours to drive through the canyon including stopping to take photographs and a brief walk around the building ruins in Leadfield.  There are no toilets on this trip, the only one is in the parking lot at the exit of the canyon. OMG!IcelandThere is only one road around the island and some parts are single lane over the outflow from glaciers.  The narrow roads often climb with a grade of 15% and you hope that no one is climbing up on the other side to meet you at the top.  I cannot remember the section of the ring road seared into my memory with fear but it was on our tour around the island. In Reykjavik there is so much to see and the restaurants, scenery, glaciers and waterfalls of Iceland are like no where else.  I can recommend the Skuggi Hotel in Reykjavik which is in walking distance to the center of town and most of the sights plus has undercover parking. Goggle maps before you go.


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  1. St John's (city)
  2. Death Valley (attraction)
  3. Leadfield Ghost Town (attraction)
  4. Iceland (country)
  5. Reykjavik (city)
  6. Skuggi Hotel (hotel)
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answered by
Matt from Allentown, Pennsylvania

I haven't been there yet but look up the The Atlantic Road in Norway. Also the Trollstigen road. Crazy switchbacks.

However, I have driven the Going-To-The-Sun Rd in Glacier National Park, Montana.



Mentioned in this answer:

  1. The Atlantic Road (attraction)
  2. Trollstigen (attraction)
  3. Going-To-The-Sun Rd (attraction)
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answered by
Tiffany from Singapore

I have never had my heart pound as fast as it did when we were in the car in Dhaka and Mumbai


Dhaka really takes the cake because stop lights don't mean anything, and people were driving the opposite direction on the freeway. Not to mention numerous pedestrians crossing the highway!


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  1. Dhaka (city)
  2. Mumbai (city)
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answered by
Jacqui from London

Last week we drove from Montenegro to Albania. The road was as wide as a single lane but two ways and along a cliff side. We had to battle everything from coach buses, cattle, sheep, tractors and a horse and cart! 

But it was only part of our epic camping road trip through the Balkans! 

Video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSm76qNAuUc

Story here: http://www.neverendinghoneymoon.net/our-camping-road-trip-in-the-balkans/ 

Enjoy! 


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answered by
Hazel from Port St. Lucie

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  1. Virginia Mountains (attraction)
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answered by
Naïma from Bordeaux

Roads in Iceland are all epic! Had a crazy one in the east fjord


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  1. Iceland (country)
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answered by
Frank

Two come to mind.   First one in Spain, the road up the mountain to Ronda.   We were in a bus and there are no guard rails and loads of turnbacks.  We had to be sure to catch the bus back down before 4 o'clock as there would not be another till the next morning when it got light.

Second one is in Italy at the Cinque Terre.  The five towns on the side of the cliffs are beautiful and have great views but you must go up or down in the daylight.  Fun drive till it began to get dark.


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  1. Ronda (city)
  2. Cinque Terre (hotel)
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answered by
Linda from Iola, Kansas

The road to Hana in Maui scared me so much!


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  1. Hana (city)
  2. Maui (island)
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answered by
Jennifer from Verdi-Mogul

Going to the Sun Road, in Glacier National Park. Very scary! You could see how far you'd fall with just one misstep!


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answered by
Les from Wichita, Kansas

SW Bald Peak Rd in Washington County,Oregon. Real scary, especially in winter time.


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  1. SW Bald Peak Rd (attraction)
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answered by
Bianca

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  1. Transfăgărășan (attraction)
  2. Romania (country)
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answered by
Mary Sue

Memorable and scary were rides in the mountains of the Black Hills National ForestBlack Hills of South Dakota, especially around the Needles and by Deadwood and Lead, S Rapid Creek Rd the more uncivilized it still is, the more treacherous the roads.

The breathtaking views are distracting, too!


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  1. Black Hills National Forest (attraction)
  2. S Rapid Creek Rd (attraction)
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answered by
Diana

The road to Hana


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  1. Hana (city)
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answered by
Collette from Johannesburg, Gauteng

Chapman's Peak between Cape Town and Hout Bay is not the craziest but is definitely one of the most beautiful. Unfortunately it's often closed for maintenance, but well worth a visit. Then, one of the craziest that I have travelled on is the Maloja Pass between Maloja, Engadin (Switzerland) and Valtellina, Italy. Super steep and hairpin bends all the way. Beautiful!


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Chapman's Peak (attraction)
  2. Cape Town (city)
  3. Hout Bay (attraction)
  4. Maloja Pass (attraction)
  5. Maloja (city)
  6. Engadin (attraction)
  7. Valtellina (attraction)
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answered by
Maria from Dublin

Although not *very* crazy the Conor Pass through the Kerry mountains in southern Ireland can be challenging on the nerves and is always closed during heavy snow and ice. It is a narrow pass - just wide enough for 2 cars to pass. When you drive towards Dingle you are driving on the side of the cliff path. Sometimes you might encounter kamikaze cyclists on the road, which is really scary!The views are beautiful though!


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Conor Pass (attraction)
  2. Ireland (country)
  3. Dingle (attraction)
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