Everyone enjoys a good road trip; the open air, the top down, and the feeling of driving on the open road. A typical road-trip for some adventurers, however, may seem a bit mundane. The need for speed is not advisable for many obvious reasons. If you want to feel the rush of adrenaline by driving at fast speeds, checking out some of the country’s racecar driving experiences available to you are an option. There are plenty of raceways to provide that for you.However, if you’re a thrill-seeking adrenaline junkie, and if you’ve always dreamed of driving the most hair-raising roads, these roadways might make you wonder why anyone would dare to drive them. Some are dangerous, while others still are undeniably dangerous and too close to the edge.Picture yourself in remote destinations with roads that have steep inclines, narrow or almost non-existent roadways and drops that would make a horror movie look enjoyable, and you can imagine why these are the roads “less traveled.”
James Dalton Highway
James Dalton Highway in Alaska is one of the most desolate and isolated highways in America. The highway has the most remote location of any other highway and is considered often times dangerous due to the high winds that spew rocks. It is in the top tier of dangerous highways in the states.
Million Dollar Highway
The Million Dollar Highway located in Colorado is given its name maybe partly due to the million-dollar view and the million-dollar drive. Carved out of the side of a mountain, this is another roadway with not much in the way of safety features. No guard rails and a winding narrow road make it difficult to navigate. You’ll certainly want to keep your eyes on the road for this one.
Trollstigen Road, Norway
With almost a dozen hairpin turns and drops that look like they came off a movie set and next to no room for passing, Trollstigen Road in Norway looks more like a roller coaster ride than a roadway.
Tianmen Shan Big Gate winding mountain road
Located inside Tianmen Mountain National Park, in China this road looks like something out of a Sci-Fi Fantasy movie. It looks as though there should be a movie set castle atop it. Tianmen Mountain is known to have the most breathtaking mountain views in all the world and the park offers you a cable car ride straight up over steep climbs and sheer cliffs. There is also a glass skywalk if you’re daring enough.
Passage du Gois in France
While this road is not a road that has cliffs, overhangs and steep inclines, it is a dangerous road just the same. If you don’t pay attention to the tide, you and your car might end up going for a swim. This roadway is only a few miles long, but it is mostly kept hidden underwater. It only comes out to play twice per day and if you’re not careful you might end up submerged. Sounds dangerous indeed.
While most tourists in Greece are going to visit the Parthenon or the Acropolis, thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies take a ride on the wild side on this road. What makes this one of the most dangerous roads? The answer is the lack of guard rails, the large pot holes and the sparse roadway with no guard rails on either side and nothing but sheer drops. The fact that it has no lights for visibility at night make it fall into the “danger zone” as well.
And these are only a few of the “roads less traveled.” For more, check out this resource from the Huffington Post.