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