What can be more exciting than travelling by car and viewing marvels of nature along the way? What people often seem to forget is that roads offering the most breathtaking sights are also some of the most dangerous ones.
Five of the most dangerous roads in the world that provide breathtaking scenery and life-threatening adventure are presented by National Geographic.
Hana Highway, Hawaii
Hana Highway is the most popular tourist attraction on Maui Island, Hawaii. It connects Hana and Kahului. This particular road has earned sympathy from tourists because of its scenery. Regardless of the beautiful sights the road has to offer, the highway located 4,700 feet above sea level is so narrow in certain places that it makes two-way transport very dangerous. Because of this, traffic accidents on this road are very often.
Atlantic Ocean Road in Norway
The Atlantic Ocean Road in Norway is a very popular tourist attraction. It is one of the most impressive and dangerous roads in the world. Driving this road is no different from sailing: the road goes up and down like waves. The 8 km long road connects Kristiansund and Molde. The scenery is beautiful and wild. But it is meant for people with nerves of steel.
Jalalabad-Kabul road in Afghanistan
The Jalalabad-Kabul road is 65-kilometres long. It is situated approximately 2,000 feet above sea level. This road has claimed many more lives the government can count. This is because it consists of narrow passages and sharp turns, and because drivers are often reckless. In addition, the cement surface of the road is not of the highest quality, to say the least, so it may not be a road worth choosing.
Taroko Gorge Road in Taiwan
Although captivating, the Taroko Gorge Road is one of the most dangerous roads in the world. Running through mountains, the road is so narrow that only one vehicle can traverse it at a time. This means maneuverability is more than limited for vehicles headed the other way, which causes countless accidents every year. Even weather sometimes causes accidents. The road is frequently flooded, vehicles often slip off the road or get stuck.
Yungas Road aka ‘Death Road’ in Bolivia
The 69-kilomettre-long Jungas Road in Bolivia is widely considered the most dangerous road in the world. Facts show that approximately 300 people die on this road every year. This road, situated 11,800 feet above sea level, is muddy all the way and there are no safety barriers. The narrowest sections of the road have just enough room for a single car to fit through – the abyss is but a few centimetres away. Usually accidents happen when buses or trucks try to outrun one another. What’s worse is that thick mist is common for that area, as are hard rain and land-slides. In spite of this, however, hundreds of people traverse this dangerous mountain path simply because there are no alternatives.