Hire a convertible and jet out. Most spectacular mountain roads
The thrilling feeling of danger, amazing beauty of mountain landscape and aspiration for getting over one’s personal fear are the reason for travellers to start their incredible journey to the most distant parts of our planet. More and more active tourists prefer to move by car. Such way of travelling is certainly one of the most comfortable and acceptable one but still has its own limitations. Choosing the route, many try to exclude from it the most dangerous and insecure roads, whereas fans of extreme sports are unwittingly attracted by the most dangerous parts of the route. Trips along the most difficult and incredibly dangerous mountain serpentine roads are the favourite pastime for brave travellers. Many mountain serpentines appear world-famous attractions today and car and bicycle rides along them are highly popular among the tourists.
Heaven-Linking Avenue, China
One of the most prominent of China’s "road" attractions is the mountain serpentine Heaven-Linking Avenue, which the locals often call the "Great Race". The road passes through the Tianmen Mountains and is considered the most dangerous one in the country, it has 99 sharp turns. It is important to note that the number of steep turns on the road is not casual - the number "9" in China is a symbol of good luck. The track starts at an altitude of 200 meters above sea level, then climbs gradually to the mountains and in a particular area reaches a height of 1300 meters.
The route is very narrow, even on straight stretches of the path an oncoming car can be very dangerous, not to mention the tight turns. The lack of reliable barriers promotes the rush of adrenaline. Even experienced drivers try to stay as far away from the edge of the road followed by a steep cliff while driving. The construction of the dangerous road began in 1998 and was completed only eight years later. Hundreds of cars whose drivers are in a hurry to get to the southern district of the city of Zhangjiajie pass along the way every day.
They have “to hurry” very slowly because fast driving on such a difficult track inevitably ends with an accident. Travelers who do not take the risk to drive in such a precarious situation are offered no less than fascinating and interesting attraction. They can admire the unique serpentine and the surrounding scenery while walking on the rope-way the terminal of which is located on the top of Mount Tianmen. Next - Col de Turini
Col de Turini, France
The French Alps is home to the most dangerous serpentine road Col de Turini. This road passes at an altitude of 1600 meters above sea level. The route starts among fantastically beautiful mountain sceneries and ends at a height of 1607 meters. The final segment of the route is considered to enter the gorge. This mountain serpentine road is well known to the fans of Monte Carlo Rally of WRC because it’s one of the most dangerous sections of the 32-kilometer stage. Complete article
North Yungas Road, Bolivia
The worldwide known Death road is in Bolivia. An incredibly difficult and dangerous route connects the city of La Paz and Coroico. It is a very narrow and full of sharp turns serpentine road that bears no resemblance to those mountain roads which can be seen in many other states. The track which has a length of about 70 kilometres almost completely lacks any coverage and protecting walling. Complete article
Those enthusiasts who are not afraid of difficult roads and planning to visit Italy should definitely go for a ride on the mountain serpentine Pasubio. The road lies in the mountainous region of Vicenza, it is very narrow and slippery that’s why not all the locals prefer to drive on it by car. To start a journey around the track on a massive SUV is meaningless as it is impossible to overcome the sharp turns, especially the narrow parts of the road. A significant part of the transport stream are motorcycles and bicycles. Too many dangers lurk drivers of two-wheeled transport on the road. Complete article
Highway Leh-Manali, India
Among the dangerous mountain roads of India Manali-Leh highway deserves top priority attention. The highway connects two settlements of the same name. It runs through one of the snow-capped Himalayan passes the height of which is 2 - 3 km above sea level. The abundance of sharp turns and more than a modest width of the track are not the only hazards. Many road sections are permanently covered with ice which is typical of these places. Landslides and avalanches are frequent phenomena. Complete article
Guoliang Tunnel Road, China
Guolyan road tunnel built in the Tai Hang Shang Mountains is the real China’s national attraction. The history of its construction is unusual and very interesting. The tunnel is a part of a complex serpentine rock. 13 ordinary locals worked at its construction. Many of those who participated in the construction of the road died in accidents. The official opening of the new section of the mountain highway was held on May 1, 1977. Complete article
An interesting road landmark exists in Norway. The name of the route Trollstigen can literally be translated as a "Troll Ladder". If you look at a mountain highway from a bird's-eye view, it really looks like a huge staircase with steep steps leading down the mountainside. For many years Troll Ladder remains a major tourist attraction and the best way for local residents to get from town Andalsnes to town Valldal. Complete article
Stelvio Pass, Italy
Mountain winding road Stelvio Pass located in the eastern part of the Alps has always been famous among experienced motorists for the multitude of its sharp turns and no less steep slopes. The route passes at an altitude of 1700 meters above sea level and has 60 hairpin bends. Not only a great driving experience but also a strong vestibular apparatus is required to overcome it. The very first road in this area was built in 1829. It connected Austria with the remote mountainous province of Lombardy. Complete article