Travel Picks: World's scariest roads

Fri Sep 12, 2008 11:55am EDT
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SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - Locals give them names such as the "Road of Death" and the "Road of Bones" -- streets where just one small miscalculation can lead to disaster.

Travel Web site Travel + Leisure (here) takes a look at 10 of the world's scariest roads. This list is not endorsed by Reuters. 1. North Yungas Road, Bolivia

Location: Between La Paz and the town of Coroico In running as the most dangerous road on the planet, the North Yungas Road - aka the "Road of Death" - stretches some 40 mountain-hugging miles, as narrow as 10 feet in spots and with 1,000-foot drops straight to a rainforest below.

2. Guoliang Tunnel Road, China

Location: China's Taihang Mountains In 1972, villagers in a remote area of the Taihang Mountains chiseled a 3/4-mile-long tunnel through a mountain for access to the outside world. Today, the route -- 15 feet high and 12 feet wide -- is a tight squeeze for vehicles, twisting past 30 "windows", which provide views off the precipice.

3. Halsema Highway, Philippines

Location: Island of Luzon

Like many under-maintained mountain roads, landslides are a hazard on the Halsema Highway, where big stones and debris tumble from peaks and along with the cloud forests comes mist that can ruin visibility. Many sections remain unpaved.

4. Karakoram Highway, Pakistan to China   Continued...

<p>A bus and a truck meet head-on in a near collision common to the North Yungas highway, a narrow, unpaved lane connecting La Paz to the Amazon Basin with a reputation as one of Bolivia's most dangerous rides, in this 1997 file photo. 	 REUTERS/Rickey Rogers</p>