7 Scenic Roads Too Terrifying to Drive

by , SmarterTravel Staff
Cover: North Yungas Road, Bolivia (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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(Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Forget about your seat belt: You might want to strap into a parachute for some of these dizzying and dangerous roads. We hear there are some killer views. (Literally!)


North Yungas Road, Bolivia

Maybe it's the dizzying heights that will scare you. Or maybe it's the shocking lack of guardrails. Or maybe, just maybe, it's the 300 drivers who reportedly plummet to their deaths each year that will give you pause before you tackle this narrow death trap with a view. The careening adventure cyclists probably won't help, either. Toss in a healthy dose of wet weather and accompanying fog and you can see where "Death Road" got its nickname. Forget about wearing a seat belt—you might be better off with a parachute.

Find Your Way There: North Yungas Road connects Bolivia's Amazon region with La Paz.

Watch: Drive the North Yungas Road vicariously here.

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