Hitting the open road with the top down has been a sign of freedom for generations — but for many, faster is not better. According to recent survey by Expedia, more than 30 million people are expect to take road trips over Memorial Day weekend, and about 62 percent of those people preferring taking the “the scenic route.”
If beautiful coastlines and brilliant sunsets start to get tiresome, check out these kooky roads.
Stelvio Pass has been called one of the world’s most dangerous roads, but it is absolutely breathtaking. Located on the border of Italy and Switzerland in the Alps, the winding road has an estimated 48 hairpin turns. It’s considered the fourth largest paved road in Europe, and the highest paved mountain pass in the Alps.
The Hanshin Expressway in Osaka, Japan brings new meaning to the term drive-through. The highway goes right through the 16-story Gate Tower Building. The property’s owners reportedly planned a redevelopment of the building in the 1980s, but was halted because an overpass was already approved. The property owners didn’t want to sell the land, so it took five years of negotiations to agree that to build a tunnel through the high-rise.
Don’t even think about bringing a manual car for this drive. Baldwin Street in Dunedin, New Zealand holds the title for the world’s steepest road.
This one is not for the faint of heart. Yungas Road in Bolivia is a beautiful — but deadly — drive. It’s considered one the the most dangerous roads in the world, and has been nicknamed “death road.”
Travelers drive through the rainforest on a single-lane winding road with no guard rails. The road has recently gained popularity among cyclist looking for the thrill of a lifetime.
Uphill drivers have the right of way on this road. It’s up to cars going downhill to yield and scoot to the outside, so that other cars can pass safely. It’s been estimated that the road is only about 10 feet wide.
Lombard Street in San Francisco one of the world’s most crooked streets, and it’s been enchanting the city’s dwellers since the 1920s.
The residential road features eight quick hairpin turns that is said to be designed to reduce speed of cars going down. The one-way street is rarely closed, so tourists can drive down anytime. However, it’s probably easier to take a trolley to the top of the street — cars must line up on a steep hill before going down.
Traffic jams are not an tourist attraction, but 9 de Avenue Julio is a sight to see. The world’s widest street is located in the heart of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Named in honor of the country’s independence day, the avenue has up to nine lanes in each direction.
Don’t get dizzy trying to navigate the Magic Roundabout in Swindon, U.K. This busy intersection has five mini roundabouts that are connected together — Dramamine not included.
This road is literally carved out of a mountain. Guoliang Tunnel connects villagers in the remote Taihang Mountain with the outside world.
Drivers can get a glimpse of the scenery from the “windows.”
Ebenezer Place in Wick, Scotland may be better for walking than driving. It holds the Guinness World Record for shortest street. At 6 feet 9 inches, the road has only one address — No 1 Bistro at Mackays Hotel. The hotel was build by Alexander Sinclair in 1883, and was instructed by the city council to name the short street at the end of the building. Ebenezer Place appeared in the town’s record in 1887.