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7 of the World’s Scariest Roads (Slideshow)

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7 of the World’s Scariest Roads (Slideshow)

Heavy traffic, bad weather, poorly-designed roads, unfriendly drivers… all of these can contribute to a pulse-raising driving experience. But what about having a 600-foot cliff a few inches from your wheel?

All over the world, there are roads that, because of their unique setting and conditions, are more frightening—and sometimes dangerous—than most. At the same time, they may be home to breathtaking natural beauty and fascinating history. Read on to learn more about the world’s scariest roads!

 

7. Trollstigen, Norway (above)

The name of this mountain road translates to “troll’s footpath,” and it’s easy to see why. With a total of eleven hairpin bends on a steep incline, one can hardly believe that it was designed for the use of cars. Nonetheless, it’s been in use since 1936, with an average of 7,000 vehicles traversing it during its busiest season. From the top of Trollstigen, you can walk to a viewing platform where you can see all of the bends of the road, so that you can prepare yourself before driving back down!

Photo Credit: Vironevaeh

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Molly Allison

Molly is a nature and travel enthusiast who is passionate about endangered languages, natural history, and women's and LGBT issues. In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing, reading, and hanging out with her three cats.

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3:33AM PDT on May 18, 2015

The quality of your articles and contents is great. Tiger Paving

2:35AM PDT on Jul 1, 2013

Thanks

3:01PM PDT on Oct 3, 2012

id love to walk that lat one. wow

4:49AM PDT on Aug 14, 2012

Goodness, they sure are scary.

5:20PM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

Wow....these roads make the theme parks I've visited in the past few years seem pretty tame!!

11:18AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

spectacular! I would say Needles Highway made my hair stand on end, also, the switchback roads in Alaska, in March, made me pull my hat over my eyes and pray.

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8:39AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

I would NEVER drive on one of these roads! They are all scarry except the one in Russia which just a mud trail. I wouldn't drive on it either.

8:25AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

oh wow- scary...

4:30AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

thanks for sharing

1:02PM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

wow, thanks for sharing.

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