The 10 most dangerous roads in America
Although the consistent, unchanging open road can be relaxing, some roads require a bit more concentration.
While there are terrifying yet thrilling roads all over the world, there are plenty of roads that offer adventure right in the US.
From Alaska’s Dalton Highway to Florida’s Highway 1, these are the most dangerous roads in the US.
1. The Dalton Highway in Alaska
Alaska’s nightmarish Dalton Highway stretches some 400 miles through remote forests, tundras, and over the Yukon River.
What makes this drive extra scary is its 240-mile stretch with no gas stations, restaurants, hotels, or any other basic services. The road also contains multiple signs warning of steep grades and avalanches.
2. I-15 in Nevada
A 181-mile stretch of Interstate 15 between Las Vegas and Los Angeles was ranked as the most deadly stretch of road in the US in 2010. The study revealed that in 15 years alone, 1,069 people had perished on the road.
3. The Million Dollar Highway in Colorado
This stretch of US Route 550 traverses three 10,000-foot mountains passes, and winds across steep cliffs and hairpin curves, all without guardrails.
Local folklore says Colorado’s Million Dollar Highway got its name because an early traveler said you’d have to pay her one million dollars to drive it again.
4. Highway 2 in Montana
Montana is known for being one of the most dangerous states to drive in, mostly because of its long stretches of highway in between towns. So if you have an accident, you’re on your own, as it takes an average of 80 minutes for an ambulance to arrive
Highway 2 is particularly dangerous; it maintains a 70mph speed limit through mountainous roads. The road has proven to be so treacherous that Washington State recently spent $60 million to make the road safer.
5. The I-45 in Houston, Texas
Interstate 45 was ranked as the second-deadliest highway in the US in 2016 after analysts found that the highway averaged 56.5 fatal accidents per 100 miles of roadway. The most dangerous part of the route is in Houston, with 51 fatal wrecks from 2011 to 2015.
6. I-10 in Arizona
The 150-mile stretch of Interstate 10 through Phoenix to the California border is particularly dangerous, sending drivers straight through the desert. 85 deaths in this stretch of road were reported in a single year, alone.
7. Interstate 4 in Florida
Interstate 4 recently ranked as the most deadly interstate in the US. The 132-mile roadway has seen 1.41 deaths per mile in the last six years. The highway has also been in the top 10 most dangerous interstates for the past six years.
8. Highway 1 in Florida
Florida’s Highway 1 was recently ranked the most dangerous road in the US for having the highest fatal crash rate. In fact, 1,079 people have died on the road in the last 10 years alone.
9. Interstate 285 in Atlanta
The busy streets of Atlanta’s I-285 had 3.5 fatal crashes per every 10-mile stretch in 2013, making Georgia the seventh worst state for fatal accidents.
The road is so dangerous because of the city’s heavy traffic, the road’s sharp turns and interchanges, and a lot of tractor trailers that drive on the highway.
10. Highway 17 in South Carolina
South Carolina’s Highway 17 was named the fourth most dangerous road in the US by Skyscanner.
Covered with a canopy of trees in some stretches, the road is stunning. Yet it also has a plethora of sharp, blind curves and a lot of wildlife (like deer and mountain lions) that have been known to jump right out of the trees and in front of your car.