Skip to comments.America's Scariest Highways
Posted on 05/26/2010 7:26:55 AM PDT by US Navy Vet
Mark Sedenquist and Megan Edwards' California home was destroyed by a forest fire in 1993. Instead of rebuilding, the couple bought an RV and took to the open road, traveling across the U.S. and Canada for almost seven years.
The couple has since settled in Las Vegas, but they continue to take driving vacations and encourage others to do the same on their website, RoadTrip America, which they run through Flattop Productions, their small business. Sedenquist and Edwards estimate they've traveled over 650,000 miles.
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i-70 is the highest pass of interstates.
where’d they get “one of”?
Think of the Carbon footprint.
California sure dominates this list. But I would think at least one highway in Pennsylvania would’ve made it considering that we consistently win the honor of having the nation’s worst roads. We are also the roadkill capital of the nation.
I-70 is not scary. Try US6 over the pass in the Winter instead.
US-30 in PA during the Winter.
I-5 in the San Joaquin valley is on the list because of the fog in the winter months but what makes it such a pain to drive and sometimes scary because of all the trucks on it and the big differential in speeds.
You want fun? Try driving I-70 eastbound at night in February, coming down a five mile steep grade from Eisenhower tunnel. The road paint and reflectors are all-but invisible from a coating of road sand, so you can barely see where you are going. Throw in some swirling snow and you’ll wonder why you decided to go night skiing at Keystone.
The OK e-w interstate during fire time.
You should’a gone to Eldora.
Both are scary at night. And yeah, I've driven over Loveland Pass in the winter.
Eldora didn’t have night skiing in 2000-2002 when I lived in CO. Keystone was about the only hill close to Denver that did at the time.
Vail Pass b-4 the Interstate.
Wait a minute!...I’m not scary at all, just keep your speed down on the curves!
I-80 from Reno to Sacramento on a snowy day - tight turns and narrow lanes + crazy Californians and illegals.
If you think tha’ts bad, slide over to the 99 between the Ridge Route and Tulare.
Interesting - decades ago I went to Eldora for night skiing on New Years Eve.
I’ll second that nomination. Worst stretch: Mcconnellsburg to Chambersburg, with Ligoner to Bedford being a near runner-up.
There’s a reason we used to use parts of US-30 for brake testing in the summer. ;-)
Drive through Camden, NJ sometime. Talk about scary.
yes. i grew up in denver.
You want a scary road?...Just drive down any Seattle hill when its 25 degrees with black ice trying to get to work:
Looks like a list of America’s most beautiful highways in the Western United States.
You want scary?
- Try Cleveland’s deadman’s curve during rush hour.
- Or driving home through the South Bronx and the burning cars on I95 at 10 pm.
- Or Boston’s Big Dig tunnels. ‘Nuff said.
- Or I4 thru Orlando with its mix of elderly, confused tourists and uninsured illegals
- The daunting Springfield interchange on the south side of Washington DC
I wuz thinking about runs like that too. Parts of the Bronx and Detroit at night in the summer.
SW Washington DC.
We were able to go the speed limit in SD even with the heavy cross winds because there was no traffic and the road was straight.
This was taken at about 55 mph going over the Missouri river.
Want more fun. Try the “Million Dollar Highway” from Ouray, CO to Silverton, CO. One of the fun things to tell tourists is to check out the white line on the drop off side. (The white line is half gone in spots, where did it go? Straight down...) No guardrails, either.
Oh and did I mention the memorial to the snowplow operators that have died plowing the highway?
Beartooth Pass would be exciting too, but it’s closed in Winter.
That has been one of my all time favorite “car crash” video’s from youtube!
Mount Evans Road (Colorado 103)South past the Ranger station. Snoqualmie Pass during a blinding rain..
MLK blvd in Baltimore.
Thing about Seattle driving that I hated was it could be fine on one side of the hill and an ice shute on the other side...
I learned to say to heck with it!...STAY HOME!
I-75 through Detroit without getting shot
The Mixing Bowl in Springfield isn’t as bad as it used to be since they re-did it, but before that...yeah. The highway engineer that designed that monstrosity needed to be strung up.
I’ll add another—US 129 south out of Alcoa, TN through the Nantahala National Forest down to where it meets US 19/74 in North Carolina. The views are spectacular and the road is terrifying, not least because of the sheer number of bikes and sports cars that try to drive it like it’s the Nurburgring. There’s a reason they call the stretch near the TN/NC border the “Tail of the Dragon”...try 318 curves in an 11-mile stretch.
US6, I assume you mean Loveland Pass, is usually closed in winter...hazardous cargoes are allowed over, weather permitting, so as not to stop traffic in the adjacent Eisenhower Tunnel; however, I70 through the Colorado Rockies has rockslides, animals on the highway, extreme grades, extreme weather, avalanches, torrential rains,flash floods, horrendous lightning storms, whiteout blizzards, OUT-OF-STATE drivers lol and who knows what else. Not scary, indeed...from a Denver resident since 1965
US 2 West from Duluth to Grand Rapids (MN). It is flat and straight, but the forest comes right up to the side of the road. The 65 mile and hour speed limit assures no adequate braking time when the moose pops out in front of you. There are skid and road kill marks that look like something from CSI..
Well, after all Colorado is Spanish for ‘Land without guardrails.’
We had installed the studded rear tires (on a 1965 Mustang 6 cyl 3 spd with three >6 ft guys) in Medicine Bow, WY (prior to I-70 and right next to the RR tracks - a train came through in the middle of a snowstorm and scared the **** out of us) during the preceding night and lived to tell the tale. It's not recommended to pass a plow on a two lane when the viz is zer0. I realize that now.
Don’t drive from Fairbanks to Delta in the dark in anything less than an F-250. Just sayin’.
I’ve coasted from the Tunnel to Denver many times in all sorts of weather and traffic. Not lately though.
Tunnel ——> now Tunnels.
YouTube videos of this winter to follow.
US6 over Vail Pass (back in the day), in traffic, caused me the most close calls. Loveland Pass looks scary though and certainly freaks out my wife.
I concur. While I attended Gettysburg College I drove the stretch between Bedford and Gettysburg during semester breaks and holidays. My knuckles still turn white when I think about some of the icy patches I hit.
Be careful out there, you can still get hurt. ;-)