The world is full of wonders, but sometimes seeing them the easy way isn't enough. These 15 roads are sure to add an extra boost of adrenaline to any trip.
North Yungas Road, Bolivia
This road seems to have many names, many of which include some derivative of ?fate? and ?death.? At 56 kilometers long, North Yungas Road runs from La Paz to Coroico. It won the title of world's most dangerous road in 1995, and some figures from 2006 claim that between 200 and 300 people per year were killed attempting to cross it.
For daredevils, there's no better spot. It's been attracting thrill-seekers since the '90s, and while facilities and safety precautions have improved, there's no denying that this road is treacherous. Adrenaline junkies are rewarded however with beautiful views of the Bolivian countryside.
The Transfagarasan may be Europe's most beautiful road, but it's also one of its most dangerous. Built by Nicolae Ceausescu, the Romanian dictator from 1967 to 1989, it was built after the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia to ease the trip of the Romanian military through the mountains less they suffer the same fate. The road stretches through the Fagaras mountain range and reaches an altitude of 2,042 meters, second in height only to the Transalpina in Romania. Along the road's hairpin turns and sheer cliffs, visitors can find incredible hiking trails, glacial lakes and even Poenari Castle, the former residence of Vlad the Impaler.
Tianmen Mountain Road, China
This marvel of engineering is not only equipped with 99 hair-raising bends, but at just 11 kilometers it also manages to fit in a walkway with glass flooring, if the drive isn't enough of a jolt. Upon reaching the top of the mountain, visitors can enjoy a meal at a vegetarian restaurant and a visit to a Buddhist temple.
Karakoram Highway, Pakistan
As one of the highest paved roads in the world, it should come as no surprise that the Karakoram Highway makes the list. 1,300 kilometers long and 4,714 meters above sea level at its highest point, this highway connecting Pakistan and China is almost designed for adventure rather than function. And if cliffs, switchback turns and occasional spots of gravel aren't enough, natural disasters such as landslides and flooding will certainly raise the stakes. But for those who attempt this road for fun, the unbelievable mountain views and the bragging rights that come with crossing the world's highest international highway are worth it.
Kolyma Highway, Russia
Paradoxically, this road is actually easier to traverse in winter than summer, but that doesn't make it just another Sunday drive. It's the only road connecting Magadan and Yakutsk in Siberia, and the road runs about 1,900 kilometers total. During the winter, heavy snow and ice make driving conditions difficult, but during the summer, the road becomes a muddy trough and the trip can take days with severe traffic jams and stuck cars.