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09/30/2016 12:43 pm ET Updated Oct 03, 2016

18 Of The Most Dangerous And Dramatic Roads In The World

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Do you love driving and yearn for adventure? If so, these photos will throw you for a loop. Tides, rivers, snow, waves and cliffs are just a few of the features that make for some of the most dramatic and adrenaline-pumping ― and sometimes truly treacherous ― road trips in the world.

Many of the world’s most harrowing roads are integral arteries connecting remote places to civilization. These passageways reward travelers with stunning views, but they come with extreme danger, like precarious cliff drop-offs with no railings to stop a vehicle from slipping off the edge. It’s advised to avoid driving them unless you’ve done your research and found a route that’s both legal and safe.

Other roads pictured below are generally very safe, as long as you’re paying attention ― but their height, views, and hairpin turns still make for a heart-pounding ride. 

In our opinion, these photos alone are adventure enough in some cases. Check out some most dangerous and dramatic roads in the world:

  • Bolivia
    A car&nbsp;navigates&nbsp;"<a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/atlas_obscura/2013/10/24/a_terrifying_tour_of_the_world_s_most
    AIZAR RALDES/AFP/Getty Images
    A car navigates "Death Road," a 12-foot-wide path with a 2,000-foot drop off the side of a cliff. As crime is a concern in Bolivia's Yungas Region, travelers should contact the U.S. Embassy before visiting.
  • India
    A vehicle passes through the snow-cleared Srinagar-Leh highway. This mountain road is only open for about&nbsp;<a href="http:
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    A vehicle passes through the snow-cleared Srinagar-Leh highway. This mountain road is only open for about six months each year because of dangerous snow and rainstorms. 
  • U.S.A.
    A truck makes its way&nbsp;along a dirt road on the edge of cliff in Canyonlands National Park, Utah.
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    A truck makes its way along a dirt road on the edge of cliff in Canyonlands National Park, Utah.
  • France
    Le Passage du Gois is a natural passage leading to the island of Noirmoutier. Most of the time,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bore
    LEROY Francis/AFP/Getty Images
    Le Passage du Gois is a natural passage leading to the island of Noirmoutier. Most of the time, the road is underwater: It opens for just a few hours each day when the tide falls low enough to let cars through. 
  • Switzerland
    Furka Pass is a high mountain road&nbsp;in the Swiss Alps whose&nbsp;sharp hairpin bends lead to <a href="http://www.myswitze
    Travel Ink via Getty Images
    Furka Pass is a high mountain road in the Swiss Alps whose sharp hairpin bends lead to incredible views.
  • U.S.A.
    The Kahekili Highway winds&nbsp;along Maui's stunning North Shore. It's a narrow, twisting and <a href="http://www.ottsworld.
    unclegene via Getty Images
    The Kahekili Highway winds along Maui's stunning North Shore. It's a narrow, twisting and notoriously white-knuckle drive for travelers.
  • Iceland
    A car&nbsp;attempts a&nbsp;water crossing on Route&nbsp;88&nbsp;in the Iceland highlands. The remote dirt road <a href="http:
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    A car attempts a water crossing on Route 88 in the Iceland highlands. The remote dirt road requires at a 4x4 vehicle
  • U.S.A.
    Snow blows&nbsp;across the remote and&nbsp;<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dalton_Highway" target="_blank">primitive J
    Patrick Endres / Design Pics via Getty Images
    Snow blows across the remote and primitive James Dalton Highway near Finger Mountain, Alaska.
  • Russia
    Also known as the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/worlds-scariest-roads/5" target="_blank">Road of Bones<
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    Also known as the Road of Bones, the Kolyma State Highway passes through some of the coldest places on Earth.
  • China
    A serpentine road makes its way through&nbsp;Tianmen Mountain National Park, where <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ent
    Oleksiy Maksymenko via Getty Images
    A serpentine road makes its way through Tianmen Mountain National Park, where harrowing cliffside drop-offs are standard fare.
  • France
    A narrow&nbsp;road weaves through <a href="http://alpenrouten.de/Nan-Gorges-du_point992.html" target="_blank">Gorges du Nan</
    Patrice Latron via Getty Images
    A narrow road weaves through Gorges du Nan, a precarious region on the edge of the Vercors Massif mountain range.
  • Turkey
    Ice and falling rocks are regular sights on the&nbsp;Rize-Ispir Road, in one of <a href="http://expertvagabond.com/kackar-mou
    Doug Meikle Dreaming Track Images via Getty Images
    Ice and falling rocks are regular sights on the Rize-Ispir Road, in one of Turkey's most remote mountain ranges.
  • Norway
    The <a href="https://roadtrippers.com/stories/atlantic-ocean-road?lat=40.80972&amp;lng=-96.67528&amp;z=5" target="_blank">twi
    AFP via Getty Images
    The twisting, turning bridges on this incredible route look as if they're defying gravity.
  • U.S.A.
    Between Silverton and Ouray, Colorado, the Million Dollar Highway climbs three high&nbsp;mountain passes. "Forget standard dr
    Alan Copson via Getty Images
    Between Silverton and Ouray, Colorado, the Million Dollar Highway climbs three high mountain passes. "Forget standard driving safety measures like guardrails and shoulders, there aren't any on this stretch," reports Dangerous Roads. 
  • Morocco
    The most direct route from Marrakech to Taroudannt comes with some drawbacks: This pass road cuts through craggy cliffs in th
    Thomas Dressler via Getty Images
    The most direct route from Marrakech to Taroudannt comes with some drawbacks: This pass road cuts through craggy cliffs in the heart of the High Atlas Mountains. 
  • India
    The road to Rohtang Pass gives travelers no option to pull over as they wait their turn.
    Moritz Petersen via Getty Images
    The road to Rohtang Pass gives travelers no option to pull over as they wait their turn.
  • New Zealand
    To cross&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/page/shotover-river-bridge-opened" target="_blank">Skippers Bridge</a>, tr
    scottnz via Getty Images
    To cross Skippers Bridge, travelers must drive a one-lane road that hangs nearly 300 feet over the river below on its original wire ropes. 
  • U.S.A.
    Hart's Pass is the <a href="http://fs.fed.us/wildflowers/regions/Pacific_Northwest/HartsPass/index.shtml" target="_blank">hig
    Photo by Patrick McManus via Getty Images
    Hart's Pass is the highest maintained road in the state of Washington. At more than 6,000 feet in altitude, it hugs a narrow cliff wall.
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