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The Most Dangerous Roads in America

From crash-prone urban highways to unpaved backcountry routes, these are the most dangerous roads in the country.

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The Dalton Highway (BLM Alaska photo by Kelly Egger)

It’s been said that danger lurks around every corner. This is never more true than on the road. Crashes can, and do, occur on any street, regardless of location, condition and speed limit. But not all roads are created equal. While some may have danger around the corner, others have danger all around.

Roads can be dangerous for a variety of reasons. Some travel through hazardous terrain, while others are so flat and straight they become breeding grounds for speeding and unsafe driving. You’ll find dangerous roads from coast to coast — in crowded metropolises and areas so remote, they’re difficult to access.

Here’s a look at some of the most dangerous roads in America.

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Drivers will find steep elevations and hairpin turns on Colorado’s Million Dollar Highway.

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Million Dollar Highway, Colorado

Officially known as U.S. Route 550, local legend says Colorado’s Million Dollar Highway got its moniker after an early traveler proclaimed she’d have to be paid $1 million to drive it again. 

Winding through Red Mountain Pass in the San Juan Mountains, the roadway is undoubtedly one of the most breathtaking in the country. But those stunning views don’t come easily. You’ll encounter steep cliffs and hairpin turns as you climb the highway more than 11,000 feet above sea level. If that’s not unnerving enough, the road, carved into the side of the mountains, has no guardrails. Throw in some harsh Colorado weather and the occasional rock slide and you have one of the most dangerous roads in the country, according to a list compiled by USA Today.

U.S. Route 1, Florida

Florida doesn’t have Colorado’s mountains, but it does have another lurking danger: It’s one of roughly half the country’s states without a full ban on using a handheld cellphone while driving. That might help explain why a recent study found that 17 of the 100 deadliest roads in America were in the Sunshine State, the most in the country. The research, which looked at death totals from 2015 to 2019, found Florida’s section of U.S. 1 to be the country’s second deadliest road. In total, 87 people died there over that time.

Most of the route up the eastern coast is straight as an arrow, inviting drivers to reach dangerous speeds. The southern end, known as the Overseas Highway, connects the Florida Keys to Miami. It consists of miles and miles of bridge driving, something many people find distracting or unsettling.

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The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is the world’s longest bridge over water.

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Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, Louisiana

At nearly 24 miles long, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway holds the Guinness World Record for longest bridge over water. Depending on how you feel about driving for a half-hour suspended over a lake, the causeway can be a thrilling or nerve-racking experience. When you get toward the middle of the bridge, where dry land is completely out of view, it will likely veer toward the latter.

Being surrounded by water also leaves drivers open to the elements: The causeway can become enveloped in fog so thick that police have to usher drivers across the lake.

I-4, Florida

Interstate 4 between Tampa and Daytona Beach was once found to be the deadliest interstate in the country, recording 1.41 fatalities per mile. One explanation for the road’s high incident rate could be its route directly through Orlando, one of the country’s premier tourist destinations. “What’s the first thing they do when they get off the plane?” Glenn Victor of the Florida Safety Council asked Fox 35 Orlando. “They rent a car that they’re not familiar with and they’re on their GPS, so they’re looking at the phone and their GPS which, of course, is a distraction while they’re driving.”

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I-45, Texas

Some roads are innately dangerous because of how they were designed or the terrain they traverse. Others are dangerous simply because of how many drivers use them – and the number of ensuing crashes they cause. The congested Galveston to Dallas section of I-45, which runs through downtown Dallas, was recently named the deadliest road in America by Budget Direct. Citing heavy traffic and driver complacency, the company found I-45 averages 56.5 fatal accidents for every 100 miles of roadway.

I-10, Arizona

Interstate 10 spans the width of the country, stretching from Jacksonville, Fla., to Santa Monica, Calif., but it’s the roughly 300-mile stretch through Arizona that has proven most foreboding. The highway’s long, straight stretches through the desert are hot spots of high speeds, aggressive driving, illegal passing and inattentive drivers. Nearly 500 fatalities were recorded on Arizona’s I-10 over a recent six-year period.

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One study found I-15, shown here in Las Vegas, to be one of the country’s most dangerous roads.

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I-15, Nevada and California

The 181-mile stretch of Interstate 15 connecting Las Vegas and Los Angeles is a straight, well-maintained roadway, conducive to safe traveling. And yet, it routinely ranks as one of the country’s most dangerous roads. One study looked at data over a 15-year span and found it to be the deadliest roadway in the country.

The problem isn’t the road – it’s the drivers. Motorists often speed on I-15 while traveling through the openness of the Mojave Desert. The fact they are likely coming or going from the party city of Las Vegas doesn’t help either. The same study found that nearly a quarter of the crashes occurring on that section of the I-15 involved a drunk driver.

I-285, Georgia

Atlanta’s I-285 is known as “The Perimeter” because it circles the city in a 64-mile loop. It connects all the area’s interstates and highways and, in doing so, welcomes an onslaught of traffic, including tractor-trailers. The combination of congestion, sharp turns, interchanges and large trucks has turned I-285 into a lethal stretch of pavement. In 2015, Vox calculated the road’s fatality rate at 3.5 per every 10 miles, which, at the time, made it the country’s deadliest interstate.

U.S. Route 17, South Carolina

Winding through forests, marshlands and oceanside towns, South Carolina’s Highway 17 is one of the most scenic drives in the southeast. But looks can be deceiving. The road is filled with an endless number of sharp, blind turns and narrow lanes. The area is also home as well as an abundance of wildlife, creating another potential driving hazard.

All told, U.S. 17 in South Carolina is one picturesque – but perilous – drive. In fact, one study named it the country’s most dangerous highway for summertime travel.

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Alaska’s Dalton Highway has been immortalized in the hit television show “Ice Road Truckers.”

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Dalton Highway, Alaska

The James Dalton Highway stretches 414 miles through the Alaskan wilderness from Fairbanks to Deadhorse, located on the shores of the Arctic Ocean. The dirt-and-gravel roadway was constructed in 1974 to help facilitate the oil industry and to this day is mostly used to transport oil.

The Dalton traverses through some of Alaska’s most treacherous terrain, including forests, tundras, steep grades and the Yukon River. Traveling along the road is so dramatic, in fact, it’s the focus of the hit television show “Ice Road Truckers.” But what makes the Dalton Highway particularly dangerous is its remoteness. There are only three towns along the entire route, which includes a 240-mile stretch without a single gas station or rest stop. Should something happen to you along the way, it may take a long time to get help.

Highway 2, Montana

Montana is the country’s fourth-largest state by size, but the eighth-smallest in population. This means you can drive for a quite some time before coming across anyone else. Open roads can lead to pleasant drives, but they can also be quite dangerous. Nowhere is this more true than on Montana’s Highway 2, which stretches east-west across the northern end of the state.

The roadway maintains a 70 mph speed limit, even as it winds through some mountainous regions. And while the scenic nature may be eye-popping, it also means you’re far away from the nearest help. In 2020, the median EMS call in Montana took a total of 45 minutes. That number only gets higher when first responders have to travel to and from remote Highway 2.

Road to Hana, Hawaii

Driving around the islands of Hawaii seems like a journey through paradise, but be careful what you wish for, especially if you’re traveling along Maui’s Road to Hana.

The 52-mile road connects Kahului to Hana along the island’s rugged eastern shoreline. And though the highway offers picturesque views of mountaintops, lush greenery and crashing waves, the Road to Hana is far from a luxurious drive. Along the way, you’ll encounter a whopping 620 turns and 59 narrow bridges. The route requires such caution it takes motorists anywhere from two to four hours to complete. That’s why the Hawaii Tourism Authority recommends traveling with a permitted tour company instead.

Have you driven on any of these dangerous roads? Tell us about it in the comments below!

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  • Please do an article about Nassau County having 3rd highest auto fatalities in nation, ahnd Suffolk County having highest fatalies.

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    • Carmela

      Of course. The Southern State Parkway has to be among the worst. The most aggressive, inconsiderate, dangerous drivers imaginable.

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        • It had been a long time since we had driven to Florida and I was astounded by the way people drive. Coming back, on I 95, through Virginia up until the Mass line was some of the most dangerous driving I have ever experienced. I have done driving in my life from the east coast, west coast, north and south, all over the country and we had so many near misses on this stretch of I 95, that I lost count. All I could think was that these people have a death wish!!! No one ever should say a word about Massachusetts drivers again!!!

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        • I was fully expecting the Taconic to be on this list and was very surprised it wasn’t. Once, in the dark in winter we were driving south, in the right lane, and suddenly, coming TOWARD us in the left lane was someone going north doing about 95. Terrifying.

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          • To be clear, because I realize I wasn’t, the car going north was going in the wrong direction in the south lanes.

    • My hubby and I and two friends drove the million dollar highway in 2001. We made my hubby drive because the rest of us were too scared to drive it! No guardrails was frightening. He did a great job, though, driving it. Beautiful scenery all around, but you don’t dare move your eyes off the road to view it, for too long.

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      • I don’t remember ever being more scared driving than the part of that road out of Oure until Silverton. Light snow (1st week of May 1996), wet road, far too many RVs headed the other way. I pretty much had to pry my hands from the steering wheel when I completed it. Never again will I drive it that direction which puts you on the outside, no-guardrail lane!

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      • You got the reason why the ‘million dollar highway’ in Colorado got its name wrong. The road base gravel for this road was crshed from local mine tailings, and it is said that there is at least a million dollars worth of gold and silver in every mile of that gravel. And that comment was made when the price f gold was less than $40/ounce ! If you want to get an higher pucker factor than any of these roads provide–try either the ‘Oh My God’ road between Central City and Idaho Springs, Colorado, or the Imogene Pass road between Ouray and Telluride, or the Royal Flush road which takes you to the top of hahn’s Peak near Hahn’s Peak, Colorado.

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    • Bruce S.

      I drove the Hana Road at night, after our flight was delayed. It was actually better at night since I could see headlights coming around corners. Still a wild – and beautiful – ride!

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    • Ditto!!! Those hairpin turns were sacary as all hell!!! No doubt, the mountain views and visiting/swimming @ the Seven Falls of Hana, was memorable, but will never take the road to Hana again!

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  • My wife & I drove Maui’s Road to Hana a few years ago, going roughly north to south. When we ran out of paved road after Ke‘Anae, we asked a local at his mailbox if it was safe and/or sensible to drive the rest of the road around the southeast part of the island, and whether our rental car could be damaged or put out of commission by the road. He said to drive slowly and watch for potential hazards. We did, and the scenery was beautiful. (The northern, paved part of the road, through Ke‘Anae, may have been more dangerous than the southern, unpaved part, because of the many cars traveling in both directions. All hairpin curves must be taken VERY slowly, because you can’t see far enough to know what you’ll encounter!)

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  • It took me 4 hours to drive the Hana Highway on Maui. To do so I had to take a Dramamine to control my nausea (and it worked) in both directions. I think the fact that I was driving on a curve and my eye could see the curves coming up added to me feeling nauseous. It was incredibly beautiful and something I will never forget.

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  • SookMadiiq

    Skip the Road to Hana altogether, even WITH a tour company. We did it with a small tour bus and the experience can be described as 4 hours of heart-in-your-throat anxiety with absolutely NOTHING too see when you get to Hana….. And then do it all over again on the ride back!

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    • We took that ride 35 years ago on our honeymoon. I could not have described the experience any better. LOL

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    • so true! very disappointed after driving very slowly to get to Hana. Hawaii should pave the southern route also. Might be quicker way to get back . Had a rental car, so didn’t want to chance going on unpaved roads. Would never recommend it to anyone.

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  • I worked I-95 for 30 yrs in the east, how could you not list this road?

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  • We have driven I-4 between Tampa, FL and Dayton Beach through Orlando/Kissimmee many times and we found that distracted drivers not paying attention to driving to be the worst problem. Glad we don’t live in Tampa Bay Area any longer.

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  • You forgot to mention Highway I 95. On the road between New Haven and new York city there is seldom a trip when there is not an accident

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  • George H.

    Not one mention of New York City roads? The Brooklyn Queens Expressway (Interstate 278). It is challenging and nerve wracking going from ground level to elevated and back, winding around buildings, a major truck route, no shoulders, sudden on and off ramps, lanes that disappear without warning, and innumerable potholes. To use a phrase from a song that applies: “There’s a tombstone every mile”

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  • Barbara R.

    The bridge across Lake Pontchartrain was mesmerizing, like the Miami to Key West, but I never felt unnerved until I drove to the top of Pike’s Peak!

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  • Barbara R.

    I just remembered…There is a road in Spain that takes you to top of Ronda, where house hang 5,000 feet over the edge of cliffs. We took a bus there, andit was so close to the edge that when you looked over the cliff, you saw wrecked cars at the bottom.

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    • I drove that road at night while it was under reconstruction. I had no idea how dangerous it was until I got back to my hotel and described my trip to the concierge. He was quite amazed I made it back alive.

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    • Sharon F.

      I so agree Barbara. The road to Ronda was the scariest road I have ever been on-my husband drove and my heart was in my throat the whole time! When we went to Maui to the road to Hana, I was pleasantly surprised-nothing compared to Ronda! Also the ride to the rock of Gibraltar was harrowing too!

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      • I drove the road to Ronda in a tiny Siat 500 many years ago. A thrill a minute, but worth it!

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  • Thea C.

    The BQE is getting a revamp, and the relatively new Kosciuszko Bridge is beautiful and safer.

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    • George H.

      Granted the new Kosciusko bridge is a beautiful and is an big improvement for that section of the BQE. However that is largely negated by the start of the project to rebuild the cantilevered multi deck portion under the Brooklyn Esplanade. As a stop gap measure to forestall collapse, lanes in that section will be reduced to two ausing massive delays. Estimated time for completion of the replacement of this cantilevered section of the BQE is 10 years.

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  • Angela C.

    I did the road to Hana in 2017 with a guided bus tour. I felt very safe. However experiencing it I knew I’d never do it alone
    I traveled I-10 in Arizon. Rte 1 in Florida. Parts of I-17. I-95 New York to Florida.

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  • Angela C.

    I did the road to Hana in 2017 with a guided bus tour. I felt very safe. However experiencing it I knew I’d never do it alone
    I traveled I-10 in Arizona , Rte 1 in Florida. Parts of I-17. I-95 New York to Florida.

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  • vincent a.

    Have you looked at the Jackie Robinson Parkway, formerly known as the Interboro Parkway?

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  • Kathryn M.

    US1 in Florida, or in any other state, is a federal highway, not an interstate. Yes, it goes from Maine to Florida, through all those states, but it’s not part of the Interstate Highway System.

    Using cell phones and distracted driving are only parts of the story with that road. It goes through open areas, very congested shopping areas, residential areas and seemingly never-ending construction. It changes from a two-lane highway to six or more lanes in some areas and has lots of traffic lights.

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  • Ellen P.

    My husband and I travelled the road to Hana in 1986. He really enjoyed the drive because I was so frightened I couldn’t speak all the way there or all the way back.

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  • Gina D.

    Road to Hana is a true white-knuckle ride! It was very adventuresome but not for the faint of heart. Best to go from Kahului to Kaupo as you’ll be on the inside rather than the outside, unless you’re completely fearless!

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  • Road to Hana was definitely at the bottom of my favorite memories of Maui. Carsick the entire time! Fellow travelers who had traveled “the Road” before, said “never again”.

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  • Michelle C.

    I for sure thought I’d find at least one road from NY on here. People drive on the Long Island Expressway (495) and southern state parkway like it’s the Autobahn!

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  • Miles R.

    US Route 1, Florida, “Overseas Highway from Key West to Miami
    Been there, done that, can’t wait to do it again.

    I-10, Arizona
    Been there, done that, not planning to do it again. Rt. 66 yes, I-10, not so much.

    Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, Louisiana
    Now on the list, can’t wait!

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  • Phyllis E.

    How about the Taconic State Parkway? Narrow lanes, curves, stone walls, crazy drivers.

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    • GregNYC

      The Taconic! A friend told me to never drive in the left lane. At about 1-2 AM he was driving north in the right lane and saw a car heading south towards him in the north bound left lane! The driver got confused getting onto the Taconic and perhaps alcohol was involved.

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  • William M.

    WARNING!!! The Jacky Robinson Pkwy E (formerly the Interboro Pkwy) has many narrow turns and a kink in it as it travels under Queens Blvd. West to east is the worst direction. Suggestion-try not to travel along side another vehicle.

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    • Charlie C.

      It was much worse 50 years ago, when the curves were sharper and the lanes were narrower. (They couldn’t improve the section you mentioned.)

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  • Kathleen M.

    Thought I’d see something in Massachusetts, Boston in particular. How about the Jamaicaway or Storrow Drive?

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  • Jose P.

    What about the Cross Bronx Expressway? I mistakenly got on it last Friday afternoon around 5 PM and the GPS lady came on and said, “The Cross Bronx? Really? At this time of day?

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  • John M.

    Here’s the trouble with the road to Hana. We were told how dangerous it is and that when the paved section (which provided magnificent views) ended, we should turn around. I don’t remember seeing the warning while driving that the paved section was ending and the dirt road was beginning. We came upon the unpaved section so suddenly that we decided to do a U-turn at the first opportunity. That opportunity never arrived. There were no turn-offs or side roads or driveways and the road was too narrow to do a U-turn. We crawled along and along the roadside was grass so tall you could not see around any bends. We did come across one van coming in the opposite direction and getting past was like conducting a military operation. We must have driven for more than an hour and eventually saw a small village (Hana?) in the valley below where we turned around. Driving back, we were terrified because if we had met a car coming towards us, we would have had to maneuvre on the steep downslope side of the road. So I drove fast to reduce the time that an oncoming vehicle may have been on the road. There were none. Next time we drive on this road, we’re packing parachutes just in case.

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  • Roger D.

    The entire length of I95 both ways from the RI border through CT and into NY to the George Washington Bridge has got to be an honorable mention. The road is in bad shape, under construction of some sorts in several locations often at the same time, not to mention constant horrible traffic that barely moves anytime of the day or night, often with accidents in both directions of various degrees. Forget Fridays in the Summer it’s even worse; and with year round west bound sun glare in the late afternoon/evenings it’s a nightmare with unfortunately few easy alternatives to avoid any of this in either direction.

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  • Maui M.

    I live on Maui. The road to Hana is a cakewalk compared to the alternative road back from Hana that snakes along Maui’s south shore. Single lane in places, often blocked by landslides and floods, the virtually unmaintained road is carved into sheer cliffs and is a mashup of dirt and ancient potholed blacktop. The views, however, put those of the conventional road to shame. A far tougher road, IMHO is the Kahehili Hwy along Maui’s north shore. Mostly single lane with sheer cliffs and blind curves. Backing up a steep cliff-side incline with no guard rails to accommodate an impatient local going in the opposite direction is not for the faint of heart. The newspaper has occasional reports of fatalities associated with cars that went off the edge. Stick to the beaches.

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    • My dearest friend lives in Kihei, and we do Hana every time I come visit. So I’ve been doing it for roughly 9-10 years now, and while it can be unsettling, so long as you rent a smaller car, go slow, and take some Dramamine, it’s one of the most magical experiences. Is it a tad unsettling? Sure, but Ive never been terrified or white knuckling through the experience. I think there’s a misnomer in it being called “The Road to Hana” because people think there’s something in Hana that is the point of the endeavor, while the scenery and incredible hiking along the way is the point. I havent been back to Maui since the pandemic, but my friend said the road has been a complete nightmare since the influx of travelers. Imagine those hair pin turns only to immediately find yourself in the face of a parking lot of cars having parked haphazardly all along the sides of the road (that does NOT have room for a ton of cars!). Nightmare. I wonder if you’ve seen this over the last two years? I’ve also always been shocked people turn around at Hana. I go start at Paiea and once I hit Hana, I go through, coming out through Up Country and back down to Kihei. The backside is even more stunning, IMO! Lastly, your comment on Kahehili Hwy is so accurate. I was so scared the first 10 minutes I just turned around (I was terrified in turning around because it was a near impossible feat). I havent EVER felt that way when on the Road to Hana!

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  • Article should have included “The Dragon” in North Carolina and the “old” Alligator Alley”, South Florida

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  • Alan B.

    This article is invalid without the stretch of US-22 in Union, NJ (and Morris Ave., NJ-82, also in Union).

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    • Johnetta

      I agree with the Rt-22 Union, especially during holiday shopping time when people don’t know where the store they are looking for is located so the dart between the island stores in the middle, the outer edge stores to the right and the endless u-turns whhich you can use to get the the extreme left hand side stores or to loop around again if you mess-up – within 3 lanes of speeding traffic each way!

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  • Clearly no one has been to NY and NJ. Potholes deep 1 to 4 feet aren’t considered dangerous? damaging vehicles daily. potholes at every corner.

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  • Storrow Dr is bad enough but Jamaicaway has smaller lanes, more and tighter curves to add to the excitement. If you don’t go fast enough someone will be right on your bumper.

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  • Most dangerous highway? US Route 22 between GardenStatePkwy and MountainsideNJ. Most of it is 3lanes each way. Worst part is when road divides and there are many stores in the middle. Picture drivers exiting median store parking lots (or U-turns) into the left lane (with drivers already in the left lane doing 50-60mph or more!). Not to mention folks driving at those speeds close to bumper-to-bumper!
    #2? The TaconicStateParkway (NY) at night. Folks doing 60-70mph with almost no streetlights, very short entrance/exit ramps, and very little visibility due to lots of vegetation close to the road.

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  • US-14 near Sheridan Wyoming has my vote. I would not want tp drive it with a trailer!

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  • Holly B.

    How about those crazy, winding mountain roads in West Virginia? On one side you’re looking over the side of a mountain, often with no guard rail, and on the other you see a deep ditch that would wreck you car immediately beside a steep rock face with no escape. It’s just living with the terrain that exists, but intense adaptation is required in order to survive!

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    • I just got back from North Carolina and took a ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Great views but very scary. We were driving along and the traffic stopped for 15 minutes. When we finally got going again we passed an ambulance, a fire truck, and several men wearing climbing gear. There was a woman sitting on the side of the road and looked like she was in shock. We never did hear what happen but it must have been awful. I won’t be driving that road again.

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  • I’ve driven 5 of roads listed. By far, the most dangerous to me is I-15 between Vegas and LA. Speed plays a big part in making it so dangerous plus the California drivers never wanting to get in line to pass a slower moving vehicle. They will pass you on the right and cut in over and over. Thus your slamming on your brakes constantly because they will cut you off. Never drive it on a weekend or the eve of a holiday, bumper to bumper traffic for 200 miles is no picnic.

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  • Why are dangerous roads allowed to be used by the public? This is unbelievable in the 21st Century!

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  • Gerald G.

    How can California Highway between Carmel and Big Sur, and probably south of that too. No guardrails where road hangs over the ocean, and solid rock cliffs down to the edge of the highway. Also California drivers whizzing past me as I observed the posted speed limit. Definitely not for the faint-heartrd.

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  • Karen S.

    I did the Road to Hana years ago with two (2) other friends in a rental car. My friend who was driving was a terrible driver, but she put her name on the rental agreement before the rest of us go to the desk, so she was the only one to drive. We started about noon, and got to Hana about 6:00. The scenery was beautiful but nerve wracking, with hair pin turns all the way. By the time we got to Hana, the sun was going down. If we had turned around, we would have been driving on the cliff side, with a terrible driver, at night. The other choice was to keep going, which would carry us over the unpaved road. Since I had the map, I chose the unpaved road. The scenery was surreal, but I actually felt safer. We eventually hit pavement, and I started to breathe. I’m glad for the experience, but I’ll never do it again.

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  • Nelly B.

    We drove the road to Hana many years ago. It’s a wonderful and well worth experience. Don’t attempt it if you don’t like to drive. It does require concentration.
    However we are New Yorker’s and drive the Saw Mill River Parkway, the Bronx River Parkway and the Jackie Robinson Parkway which are far more trecherous and dangerous.

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  • Richard A.

    I drove the Road to Hana 2 times back in the 70″s. An amazing drive, agreed not for fearful drivers. My friend and I choose to follow the unpaved section instead of turning around. Best choice of the trip. Some magnificent secenry and we got to meet a Hawaiian cattle rancher, who was friendly and proved to be a good ambassador for the state and provided a meal better than any restaurant. Would do it all again in a heartbeat.

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    • George a.

      Yes and the trucks are always passing each other going about 80 mph while i am in the middle lane with white knuckles wishing trucks had a special lane for themselves.

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  • The Bear Tooth Pass in Wyoming/Montana is not for the faint of heart! Located near Yellowstone between Red Lodge and Wyoming state line. Approx 11000 ft above sea level, hairpin turns, not open May thru Oct… I know it’s bad when my husband moans as he’s going around a turn, as I have misread the map not knowing how high up we are going, trying to reassure him just another 10 minutes! Lol! I cried when we got to the motel in Red lodge… terrifying, had snow and ice up there in August. Note to self: read elevation correctly on maps!

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  • Suzanne H.

    I took the road to Hana expecting a chilling adventure of a drive and while beautiful it was no more challenging than driving the Pacific Coast Highway 1 through N.California’s Sonoma, Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte counties. That’s a challenge! In addition to the constant blind curves, sheer drops, switch backs, and cyclists, you have elk, deer, sheep and cows on the road to worry about too. Occasionally pieces of the road fall into the ocean! That’s a thrill ride with with no rails!

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  • Steve C.

    The primary reason why Hwy 2 in Montana, and specifically the stretch through the Yak River valley is so dangerous isn’t speed, it’s deer and elk crossing the highway. There are many blind turns, as well as being buried in forests, leading to minimal light and virtually no sight distance. Montana’s highways department also has the charming practice of placing crosses made from T posts at the site of a traffic fatality. That section of Hwy 2 is littered with them

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  • Your research is interesting. I-45 from Galveston to Dallas made the list. The writer stated it goes through downtown Dallas but omitted that it also goes directly through downtown Houston (Harris Co.), the 4th largest city in the USA.
    The original source article (Budget Direct’s list of most dangerous roads by country) declared it the most deadly in the USA:
    “The most deadly road in the United States is Interstate 45, running north from Galveston to Dallas through Houston, Texas. This road has seen 56.5 fatal accidents for every 100 miles of roadway, thanks to a combination of busy, urban stretches and driver complacency. Harris County is currently suing the Texas transportation department to prevent a planned expansion of the deadly road.”

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  • Going through Atlanta you have 2 choices:
    Go through downtown using the Downtown Connector where I75 and I85 converge. Don’t try to play it safe in the right lane as it will probably turn into an ‘exit only’ lane. The two interstates split; but take care – I 75 continues to the Western suburbs but you must take the split on the Right and I 85 continues to the Eastern suburbs but you take the split on the left.. You can take the ring road to avoid downtown but all trucks must take tgst road and it’s crowded and the drivers go fast…Good thing is, Atlanta drivers have good reflexes.

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  • My wife and I took vacations in Ireland and in Italy. The roads in both beautiful countries can give all those U.S. roads a run for their money. Narrow, hairpin turns, and bicyclists with a death wish sharing what little road there is with the speeding cars. Still — and this comment applies to all the mentioned roads — we all made it back alive, didn’t we.

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  • Patricia A.

    I-10 in AZ is dangerous not just because of high speeds, glaring sun, and mind-numbing monotony, but the dust storms come up suddenly causing zero visibility. I’ve driven from Miami to Key West with white knuckles in bad storms, with crazies passing cars on 2-lane sections where they can’t see what’s coming. A friend was killed in a head on collision on that section of HWY 1 so I’ll never drive it again. And I-95 around NYC should definitely make the list, for all the reasons given by other commenters and the hubcap it swallowed from my Toyota.

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  • JOANNE Z.

    I’d like to see another article on the 10 deadliest American highways to drive at night, specifically because of the headlights of oncoming traffic. And please address the brighter bulbs in headlights these days, and how they are affecting drivers. In the “old days”, I can’t recall as many people complaining about night vision driving as the do today, and I believe it’s due to these headlights. I think they should be banned!!!

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  • Barbara P.

    O yes! Pacific Coast Highway 1 while we were driving in the outer lane above the cliffs, another driver on the inner lane, removed his hands from the steering wheel to video the scenery! Duh! My husband is from Italy. We had to drive the narrow roads in the mountains above the coastline above the Riviera to get to and from his brother’s home. Many times, while we were in the outer lane, as we came down and around the numerous precarious curves, we would be met by the local bus coming up in the opposite direction. We would have to quickly make room for it, but only God know how! Our nephew said that many a car winds up on top of the olive trees in the groves below.

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