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March
12

The world’s craziest drives

Full tank of gas? Check. Map and directions? Check. Sense of adventure and drama? Most definitely check.

Here at Bing Travel, we love winding highways that ribbon themselves enticingly around the hills, up the coast, down the river, or through the side of a mountain. The best and most interesting roadways command the driver’s attention as they wend their way through serpentine switchbacks and up steep slopes, offering views of spectacular natural beauty.

A new Bing Travel slide show  presents a photo gallery of 12 of these delicious roads across the globe, all of which come with a nerve-tingling hint of danger. Some of them ascend the Alps one hairpin curve at a time, others take you twisting and turning down a coastline, and still others go so high, your car will have to work harder for its oxygen.

What are your favorite crazy drives? And which roads are you too scared to drive? Share your thoughts with fellow travelers in the comments section.

Comments

  • I'd love to take a drive down the autobahn, I idea of going 200 mph without getting a ticket just sounds fun to me. Nice gallery, thanks for sharing.

  • Where is Beartooth pass Montana on this list, it has to be one of the craziest drives in the world. Go drive it the first week in June and see for your self, Just be carefull to watch out for extreme skiers or snowboarders spring sking on the edge of 2000'+ high cliffs that you are driving on the edge of too.

  • Ha, great to see the Milford Road, New Zealand featured. Have been along it by car, bicycle and helicopter. Each, in it's own way, a thrill

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  • What about Deal's Gap, The Tail of the Dragon, an excellent road for motorcyclists.

  • Dunedin city to the Royal Albatross point. The windy road appears endless.

  • If you have not been to Sapa, Vietnam, the drive will not be forgettable.

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  • The road on the picture reminds me the Pyrenean road I took one night in Northen Spain. It needed courage to drive this road.

  • Image search Deception Pass Washington thatsw a crazy drive

  • U.S. Route 550 from Silverton, Colorado to Ouray, Colorado is frequently called the Million Dollar Highway.  This is the most hair-raising road I have been on. Though the entire stretch has been called the Million Dollar Highway, it is really the twelve miles (19 km) south of Ouray through the Uncompahgre Gorge to the summit of Red Mountain Pass which gains the highway its name. This stretch through the gorge is challenging and potentially hazardous to drive; it is characterized by steep cliffs, narrow lanes, and a lack of guardrails; the ascent of Red Mountain Pass is marked with a number of hairpin "S" curves used to gain elevation, and again, narrow lanes for traffic—many cut directly into the sides of mountains. During this ascent, the remains of the Idarado Mine are visible. Travel north from Silverton to Ouray allows drivers to hug the inside of curves; travel south from Ouray to Silverton perches drivers on the vertiginous outside edge of the highway. Large RVs travel in both directions, which adds a degree of excitement (or danger) to people in cars.[2] The road is kept open year-round. Summer temperatures can range from 70-90 degree highs at the ends of the highway to 50-70 degrees in the mountain passes. The snow season starts in October, and snow will often close the road in winter. Chains may be required to drive.

  • I haven't been around the world but Highway 50 descending towards Lake Tahoe is a pretty crazy drive. narrow and at the edge of a cliff.

  • beltline parkway has to be on this list

  • My favourite is Chapmans Peak Drive, Noordhoek to Hout Bay www.chapmanspeakdrive.co.za

  • Seriously, where is "Going to the Sun Road" on this list?

  • Trail Ridge, the highest road in any US National Park (12,183'), is one of the most exciting drives I have ever done.  roads with no guard rails, no center lines, no fog lines,no paved edges and very narrow.  This all complicated by tour busses, bikes and lots of low clouds, fog, snow and ice. But the view are fantastic even if you must pull over and risk getting run over to view them.  The drive is never sure they are out of breath due to the altitude or just nerves.  

  • try Indepenence Pass, outside of Aspen, CO or the west facing side (partly gravel) of Grand Mesa, east of Grand Junction, CO...think it is called "oh my god" road.

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