8. Touge Roads of Mount Fuji
From afar, the tree-lined “Touge” (or “Pass”) roads that ascend to the caldera of Mount Fuji may look meditative. But these twisting passes are the birthplace of drifting, the automotive passion of choice for foolhardy youths in heavily modified rear-wheel-drive cars. Though we don’t recommend terrorizing these twisties late at night like those pioneers did back in the day, there’s nothing wrong with fantasizing about the illicit vehicular mayhem that inspired the motorsports phenomenon as you climb Japan’s tallest mountain.
7. Karakoram Highway
Where: China to Pakistan
It took 27 years to build China’s Karakoram Highway (aka the Friendship Highway), but it could take no more than the blink of an eye to meet your maker on this unforgiving road. Linking China and Pakistan through the Karakoram mountain range, this 800-mile highway is one of the highest paved roads in the world. The Karakoram traces romantic stretches of the ancient Silk Road, as well as desolate locales like Abbottabad, where Osama bin Laden met his demise.