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Challenging Scenic Drives (Not For The Faint Of Heart Alert)
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Posted on 03/31/2013 11:23:08 PM PDT by goldstategop

The Road From Hell.

Here is a list of the world's most challenging scenic drives. Do NOT do this if you'll faint! :)


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Outdoors; Travel; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: hairpinbends; roadfromhell; scenicdrives; sourcetitlenoturl

1 posted on 03/31/2013 11:23:08 PM PDT by goldstategop
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To: goldstategop

My parent’s did the “troll road” in Norway in the late 50’s with their ‘54 Cadillac that they shipped over with them.

That one in Italy looks like the one I drove in a rental VW (Passat??) when I vacationed for a bit when my parents were over there on a long vacation. My mom was scared stiff at her 20-something son driving!


2 posted on 03/31/2013 11:29:30 PM PDT by 21twelve ("We've got the guns, and we got the numbers" adapted and revised from Jim M.)
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To: 21twelve

A review of mountain highways in America worth a detour - it can be fun with a fast car:)

http://motoringconbrio.com/great-driving-roads/


3 posted on 03/31/2013 11:40:15 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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4 posted on 03/31/2013 11:45:22 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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Good info guide to the best American scenic mountain roads, rated in order of difficulty -

http://www.johncletheroe.org/usa_can/driving/mountain.htm


5 posted on 03/31/2013 11:52:31 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

No.


6 posted on 03/31/2013 11:52:40 PM PDT by BigCinBigD (...Was that okay?)
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To: BigCinBigD

I like the white knuckles and fear! Once. :)


7 posted on 04/01/2013 12:20:36 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

Virginia's Blue Ridge Parkway


8 posted on 04/01/2013 12:20:54 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

Perfectly safe - and the views are incredible!


9 posted on 04/01/2013 12:24:48 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: BigCinBigD

Colorado advice:

Do NOT drive the Million Dollar Highway 550 between Ouray and Durango.

Do NOT drive Independence Pass Hwy 82 between Aspen and Ballton.

If you are terrified of heights looking from sheer cliffs, you probably won’t enjoy one lane twisties - but its a shame if acrophobia keeps you from enjoying what scenic roads truly have to offer.


10 posted on 04/01/2013 12:30:20 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

ping for later


11 posted on 04/01/2013 12:43:11 AM PDT by chuckles
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To: JoeProBono

Experienced brakes of rubber descending from the Blue Ridge many, many years ago.


12 posted on 04/01/2013 12:44:45 AM PDT by Gene Eric (The Palin Doctrine.)
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To: goldstategop

Too late. Did both. And I do have acrophobia. Spectacular views... my father drove so slowly on the Million Dollar, I hung out the window taking photos (my mother was having a panic attack in the back seat). At Independence Pass, got to romp in the snow... during the first week of August.


13 posted on 04/01/2013 12:54:43 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
The Transfagarasan through the Carpathians deserves mention:



14 posted on 04/01/2013 1:07:09 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop
The Transalpina though is the highest road through the Carpathians - stunning views:



15 posted on 04/01/2013 1:20:49 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

Purty.


16 posted on 04/01/2013 1:43:43 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: goldstategop

The Moki Dugway in Utah is spectacular. The road is gravel with no guardrails for the most part. And the views from one of the turnouts was incredible.

I drove it in November and the long views of a panorama of red rock buttes and mesas marching to the horizon with the big snow peaks in Colorado 75 miles away was awesome.


17 posted on 04/01/2013 2:53:13 AM PDT by Uncle Lonny
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To: JoeProBono

It’s the Blue Ridge Parkway alright, but that’s the Linn Cove Viaduct in North Carolina. The parkway in Virginia runs through much gentler terrain by comparison.


18 posted on 04/01/2013 2:58:43 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: JoeProBono

I can feel my stomach falling just looking at that photo. Just No.


19 posted on 04/01/2013 3:09:14 AM PDT by grimalkin (Once abolish the God and the government becomes the God. -G.K. Chesterton)
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To: RegulatorCountry


20 posted on 04/01/2013 3:10:13 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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That was the last segment of the Blue Ridge Parkway to open, the so-called missing link. Most of the parkway was a CCC project initially and opened by the end of WWII. The Linn Cove Viaduct was opened to traffic in 1987.

Very novel design and construction method, it was installed from above to avoid destroying the underlying terrain, rock ledges and plants. It hugs the base of Grandfather Mountain.


21 posted on 04/01/2013 3:20:15 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Uncle Lonny

22 posted on 04/01/2013 3:59:35 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: goldstategop

Pike’s Peak would probably have me wimpering in the floor boards like a baby. I’m terrified of heights. I got pretty white knuckled a few years ago driving in Yellowstone. I could not drive in the Northwestern part of the park. Road was carved out of a canyon wall with overhanging(and sometimes dropping) rock overhead.


23 posted on 04/01/2013 4:22:27 AM PDT by MachIV
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Mt. Evans in Colorado. Sheer terror. Sharp turns, narrow roads, and make a little mistake and plunge thousands of feet. At one point we saw skid marks going over the edge. One trip was enough for me.


24 posted on 04/01/2013 5:12:02 AM PDT by bk1000 (A clear conscience is a sure sign of a poor memory)
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The scariest drive was through the San Juan mountains in Ouray Co. in a jeep. scary scary


25 posted on 04/01/2013 6:06:36 AM PDT by estrogen (voter fraud was huge)
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To: JoeProBono

That looks Photoshopped. However, it’s real. If your breaks give out at that point, it’s sayonara.


26 posted on 04/01/2013 9:07:03 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (The LEFT's intolerance of the RIGHT is intolerable.)
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To: MachIV
On that road in Yellowstone where it is carved out of side of the mountain --- I was a passenger in the vehicle on the right hand side, where there was basically no shoulder and looked over a sheer cliff.

I was on the floorboards screaming and crying in terror as I have an extreme fear of heights. Hubby had no clue what to do with me at the time (and he did an excellent job I know now), but NEVER AGAIN.

27 posted on 04/01/2013 9:12:26 AM PDT by coder2
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To: RegulatorCountry

I’ve driven the Tail of the Dragon. That’s one he!! of a drive. If your attention drifts, you could wind up deader than you ever dreamed possible. 318 curves in an eleven mile stretch. Like riding a Mad Mouse at an amusement park. Ironiclay, it’s also a speed trap. Cops are there itching to give you a ticket for speeding. Anyway, it’s worth a trip. Gotta do it again.


28 posted on 04/01/2013 9:13:12 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (The LEFT's intolerance of the RIGHT is intolerable.)
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To: 21twelve

We did the troll road in the early 70’s. Spectacular views. My mom was having a panic attack the whole time.


29 posted on 04/01/2013 9:13:45 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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30 posted on 04/01/2013 9:18:07 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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Hope he enjoys that ride. :-)


31 posted on 04/01/2013 9:19:27 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (The LEFT's intolerance of the RIGHT is intolerable.)
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To: coder2

LOLOL!! My parents and grandparents drove out there in 1966 and it was such a bad experience for my mother, as she is afraid of heights, I think she made some kind of pledge to God if he would get her out of there alive, she would never go back again. She is the last living person on that trip and she has held up her committment. She will NEVER go back..lol.


32 posted on 04/01/2013 9:37:28 AM PDT by MachIV
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To: MachIV
I probably said the same thing (or screamed it) during the ordeal. LOL You are not the only one who told me that someone they knew had the same experience as I.

There was a stopping place I remember. I refused to get out of the car as I was still in hysterics. I remember telling hubby that I was not going back or forward, to just leave me there as I refused to continue.

After a bit, he did convince me to proceed and continuing north it was not as bad, but at that time, I was laying on the floor in the back seat as not to see anything.

Yellowstone was beautiful, but there are just some places not worth seeing.

33 posted on 04/01/2013 9:47:42 AM PDT by coder2
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Once we got into the Lamar Valley, we did see one enormous black bear with two cubs. Didn’t see a grizzly until we made it down to the Tetons, but atleast I did see one with binocs. A mountain lion came up near the campground one night. That was probably the highlight of the trip for me.


34 posted on 04/01/2013 10:21:41 AM PDT by MachIV
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I saw more of the "cats" back in MN (which the DNR there tries to deny) than I have ever seen in WY. No grizzly sightings yet in WY (we had numerous black bears visit in MN). But I probably would react the same seeing a grizzly as I did on the Yellowstone road --- crouch down in abject fear !!
35 posted on 04/01/2013 11:08:31 AM PDT by coder2
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While not treacherous, do a search on Peach Springs, AZ. It’s the only place where you can drive your personal vehicle to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

It’s on a poor reservation, but the motel there is very nice. Highly recommend it.


36 posted on 04/01/2013 3:03:34 PM PDT by Mean Daddy
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To: Mean Daddy
Appreciate the info... Not sure though, I would want to be driving in the Grand Canyon !!
37 posted on 04/01/2013 3:21:22 PM PDT by coder2
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To: goldstategop

Do NOT drive the Million Dollar Highway 550 between Ouray and Durango.

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We did it in May....during a snow storm on icy roads. I have never been so terrified in my life! No guardrails and I thought it was the end. Dead relatives were waiting for me I’m pretty sure.


38 posted on 04/01/2013 4:16:27 PM PDT by JouleZ (You are the company you keep.)
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To: goldstategop

If you are in Arizona and want to go for a scenic drive and are not afraid of drop offs take Highway 191 from Clifton, Az to Alpine, Az. It is 100 miles and takes at least three hours to drive it. Plan to spend more than three hours on this trip- you will want to stop to look at all the wildlife. You may see bighorn sheep, you will nearly always see deer, turkey, etc. There is little traffic and the deer, turkeys, etc. get all over the road. We lived on a ranch below Hannigan Meadow at one time (as the crow flies) and this was our road home.


39 posted on 04/01/2013 4:39:39 PM PDT by Tammy8 (~Secure the border and deport all illegals- do it now! ~ Support our Troops!~)
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