Not all road trips consist of endless, repetitive highway.
While some welcome the relaxation of the consistent, unchanging open road, others prefer their road trips with a side of thrills.
We’ve scoured the web to find the most frightening, dangerous, and deadly roads you can drive.
From the UK’s “Widow Maker” to Iraq’s “Highway of Death,” these are the most dangerous roads in the world.
The Atlantic Road in Averoey, Norway
A bridge on Norway’s Atlantic Road is so steep and curvy that from some angles it seems to simply end. On a stormy day, gusts of wind and huge waves crash over the barricades and onto unsuspecting cars winding over the narrow bridge.
The North Yungas Highway in Bolivia
Bolivia’s “Death Road” doesn’t get its name from nowhere. 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.
And the threat is real. Each year, some 300 drivers and cyclists fly off the route and perish on the 11,000-foot descent from the Andes to the rainforest.
The Stelvio Pass in Italy
The Stelvio Pass has 48 sharp turns in total.
Stelvio Pass snakes 9,000 feet uphill with 48 sharp turns into the Italian Alps. Don’t let the stunning Alpine views distract you though, as there is only a low concrete barrier between you and the steep mountain drop.
The Guoliang Tunnel in China
A small group of villagers hand-carved the Guoliang Tunnel into China’s Taihang Mountains more than 40 years ago. It took five years for them to complete the nearly 4,000-foot tunnel, which is just wide enough to be driven along.
Thirty windows give daring drivers a peak at the drop just outside, which often has no barriers at all. Needless to say, its nickname, “the road that does not tolerate mistakes,” is spot on.
The Widow-Maker in the United Kingdom
The A537 (nicknamed “the widow-maker”) was named Britain’s most dangerous road in 2010. Although surrounded by stunning scenery in England’s Peak District, the road’s sharp bends make it as deadly as it is beautiful.
The Vitim River Bridge in Siberia
This wooden bridge is so narrow it’s barely wide enough for one car. It also doeasn’t have railings. To top it off, the bridge is also iced over for most of the year thanks to Siberia’s chilly climate.
Needless to say, surviving this crossing is considered a huge accomplishment. The few who have done it even created their own Facebook page to celebrate it.
Skipper’s Canyon Road in New Zealand
Skipper’s Canyon Road is so dangerous that motorists must apply for a special permit before driving it. Rental car insurance won’t be honored if they find that you have driven it.
The winding, barrier-less gravel road was carved by miners in the late 19th century, and it’s so narrow that you might find yourself in trouble if you come face to face with another vehicle.
The Zoji Pass in India
The Zoji Pass snakes over the Himalayan mountains at over 11,000 feet above sea level, and is nothing more than a crumbling, single-lane dirt trail. Landslides are a common occurrence on the road.
The Karakoram Highway, between China and Pakistan
At over 16,000 feet, the Karakoram Highway is one of the highest paved roads in the world.
Close to 900 construction workers died while constructing what is often referred to as the “eighth world wonder,” killed during blasts or by falling into a gorge.
Highway 1 in Florida
Florida’s Highway 1 was recently ranked the most dangerous road in the US for having the highest fatal crash rate. In fact, 1,079 people have died on the road in the last 10 years alone.
The Million Dollar Highway in Colorado
This stretch of US Route 550 traverses three 10,000-foot mountains passes, and winds across steep cliffs and hairpin curves, all without guardrails.
Local folklore says Colorado’s Million Dollar Highway got its name because an early traveler said you’d have to pay her one million dollars to drive it again.
The I-45 in Houston, Texas
Interstate 45 was ranked as the second-deadliest highway in the US in 2016 after analysts found that the highway averaged 56.5 fatal accidents per 100 miles of roadway. The most dangerous part of the route is in Houston, with 51 fatal wrecks from 2011 to 2015.
The coast roads in Croatia
The Adriatic coastal roads are known for their narrow two-way roads that lack a shoulder and safety barriers, and have blind corners and sharp turns that cling to the cliff side.
Jalalabad in Afghanistan
Running through the Kabul Gorge, the narrow, winding lanes of this roadway are the most dangerous in the world. Fatal crashes on the road from Jalalabad to Kabul in Afghanistan are a daily occurrence. So many have perished driving this highways that people have stopped counting years ago.
The Dalton Highway in Alaska
This road has a 240 mile stretch without any kind of road-side services. Flickr/puliarfanita
Alaska’s nightmarish Dalton Highway stretches some 400 miles through remote forests, tundras, and over the Yukon River.
What makes this drive extra scary is its 240-mile stretch with no gas stations, restaurants, hotels, or any other basic services. The road also contains multiple signs warning of steep grades and avalanches.