Top 10 Most Unusual Roads In The World
For any avid traveller, roads are a necessary evil. Whether it’s hundreds of miles of flatland freeway, winding mountain passes, or gravel and dirt road adventures, some routes and some roads are different from others.
While road travel is necessary, it doesn’t have to be boring. Listed below are some of the most unusual roads in the world. Whether you unintentionally find yourself on one, or even if you want to actively seek these places out, you won’t regret it.
Stelvio Pass, Italy
Considered the world’s windiest road, Stelvio Pass in Italy is 47 miles of paved mountain pass. Stelvio Pass wanders through the Eastern Alps. Also known as the Three Languages Peak, the location of Stelvio Pass enters an area where Italian, Romansh, and German languages are all spoken.
Pan-American Highway, Americas
Dubbed the world’s longest road (for car travel, at least), Pan-American Highway runs nearly 29,000 miles from Alaska to Argentina. This amazing highway connects all of America’s famous highways: Central, North, and South American Highways.
Julio Avenue, Argentina
It’s no secret that we all want wider roads; nobody wants to fight over driving space. In Argentina, Julio Avenue is dubbed the widest road. This fascination street is an entire city block and seven lanes wide.
The Fairy Meadows Road, Pakistan
Because we had the widest road, it’s only appropriate to mention the narrowest road, too. In Pakistan, The Fairy Meadows Road is considered the narrowest and most dangerous route ever. Only true thrill seekers should apply.
Grimsel Pass, Switzerland
Since we just mentioned the narrowest road, it’s said that Grimsel Pass (in the Swiss Alps), has corners that are the sharpest in the world. As long as you don’t get too sidetracked by the beautiful views, you should be good to go.
Baldwin Street, New Zealand
Walking up the steepest hill in the world might not be very fun, but driving up could be worth doing. In New Zeland, Baldwin Street is considered the steepest road in the world. It rises over 230 feet at the top, but it’s only 1,150 feet in distance. Bucket list? Check!
The Lærdal Tunnel (Longest Road Tunnel), Norway
In Norway, there is nearly 15.2 miles of tunnel. It was built to combat the snowfalls in Norway, and it’s definitely worth the drive. The Lærdal Tunnel connects Lærdal and Aurland in Sogn og Fjordane, Norway and is located approximately 175–200 kilometres (109–124 mi) north-east of Bergen.
The North Yungas Road, Bolivia
Attention thrill seekers: North Yungas Road in Bolivia is legitimately considered the most dangerous road in the world. At about 40 miles long and called “death road”, it claims about 250 lives a year.
The Eyre Highway, Australia
Okay, some roads are boring. The Eyre Highway is so boring that it was deemed the longest, straightest, and most boring stretch of road in the world. Sorry, Australia, you can’t win them all. The Eyre Highway is 1,660-kilometre long and links Western Australia and South Australia via the Nullarbor Plain.
Guoliang Tunnel, China
The Guoliang Tunnel is carved along the side of and through China’s Taihang Mountains. The tunnel was built entirely by village locals who started working in 1972. Thirteen villagers worked on the project and it took them five years to finish the tunel, which is 1,200-metre-long, about five metres high and four metres wide.