Not all roads lead to Rome. Some lead to somewhere in China, Thailand, Australia, and others lead to your death! Compared to the regular highways we all are familiar with, certain roads delight us for their unimaginable locations, but they also scare even the most adventurous driver.
Only 13-feet wide, this tunnel in China crosses through a heart-stopping mountain range leading to the town of Guoliang. It is almost a mile long and it has little windows through which you can spot cars passing by and the death below.
NOSE OF THE DEVIL RAILWAY
We kind of get the name: if hell had roads, this would be the main one. Located in Ecuador, this path is about 2,624 ft high and little wagons used to travel through it. It was recently banned so unfortunately it’s no longer a tourist attraction you can cross off your bucket list.
MAEKLONG RAILWAY MARKET
Thailand is well known for its hundreds of markets, but the Maeklong Market particularly stands out because a train passes exactly through it. This is a thrilling experience for sellers who have to rush into folding their tents so the train doesn’t crash into their goods.
TIANMEN MOUNTAIN ROAD
This road is the Chinese version of San Francisco’s Lombard Street—only this one is almost 7 miles long and distance between curves is less than 656 ft. It leads to a Buddhist temple that sits atop the Tianmen Mountain, adding a whole religious vibe to the whole curvy riding experience.
Connecting the cities of La Paz and Coroico, this loopy and narrow road in Bolivia sits up to 1,181 ft above sea level. It overlooks into the abyss, and one false step will mean you dead at the bottom of it. Though huge trucks do manage to cross it.
PASSAGE DU GOIS
True. Seaside roads are romantic and a delight to the senses, but this one in France can get scary. Its availability depends on tides: it can get covered by up to 13 ft of water, making it available to drivers only twice a day.
TRAIN TO THE CLOUDS
With a fascinating view, this 135-mile zig zaggy railway journey is one of Argentina’s best kept secrets. Take your camera because this road literally travels through clouds—a true romantic train ride. Just don’t take your head out the window.
SALAR DE UYUNI ROAD
Seems harmless, right? Bolivia is famous for its Uyuni dried salar, through which this stunning road passes through. It’s almost 12,000 ft above sea level, night temperatures can fall down to −22°F, and cell phones have no signal at all—sounds scary now, right?
SKIPPERS CANYON ROAD
New Zealand is well known for its out-of-this-world landscapes, and Skippers Canyon is no stranger to that. If you dare to cross through, you will come across cliffs, holes, suspension bridges—quite an adventure.
JAMES W. DALTON HIGHWAY
Located in Alaska, this road is literally in the middle of nowhere. With only 3 settlements, 3 refueling stations and 1 medical center, riding through seems only a task for the brave.