If you think the traffic-choked Tail of the Dragon is good, just wait until you take a look at these corner-carving meccas. They're Jalopnik readers' own picks for the twistiest roads in the world.
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10.) Grimsel Pass
Suggested By: moefosho
Where You'll Find It:Switzerland
Why It's Awesome: This journey through the Grimsel Pass in Switzerland doubles back on itself 20 times, with a few more waiting depending on the route taken. That means you'll have plenty of chances to take a look at the beautiful mountain scenery as you go.
9.) Cottonwood Pass
Suggested By: Cool Cadillac Cat
Where You'll Find It:Colorado Road 306
Why It's Awesome: Some of Cottonwood Pass is paved, some is still dirt, but it all looks pretty awesome. It takes off into a mountain about halfway through for some added excitement, and when this road runs out it looks like there are a bunch more in the area that are almost as fun.
8.) Stelvio Pass
Suggested By: Buck_Turgidson
Where You'll Find It:The Italian-Swiss Border
Why It's Awesome: Again, if it impressed these guys, it's probably pretty good. After being featured on Top Gear, the Stelvio Pass has achieved legendary status amongst us enthusiasts. Find it on an empty day, and relish the drive in the valley, pretending you're Jeremy Clarkson the whole time. It's a cliche for a reason.
Suggested By: ncasolo
Where You'll Find It:Alpe D'Huez, France
Why It's Awesome: In this part of the Alps, it seems as though bicycles are more popular forms of transportation than cars, so watch out on D211. But when you're not dodging the peloton, enjoy this mountain pass.
6.) Mineral King Road
Suggested By: Irishman
Where You'll Find It:Just outside Three Rivers, California
Why It's Awesome: The road that leads eastward out of Three Rivers doesn't go to any specific place, just to a mountain overlook area called Mineral King. It rises 6400 feet during its 25 mile wend through the California countryside. The best part is that when you're done, you get to turn around and do it all over again — the road is a dead end.
Suggested By: alpin
Where You'll Find It:România
Why It's Awesome: Our favorite British triumvirate had a great time here, so you probably will too. The loop around the reservoir is beautiful, and is challenging enough to keep you busy behind the wheel.
4.) Route 33
Suggested By: junkyardninja
Where You'll Find It:California
Why It's Awesome: Route 33 features lots of elevation changes and as junkyard ninja descirbes, "miles and miles of perfect corner-carving bliss." We're jealous.
Suggested By: moefosho
Where You'll Find It:Japan
Why It's Awesome: Each direction gets its own one-way road leading to and from Lake Chuzenji, with over 400 meters of elevation changes along the way. Each of the road's 48 turns has a signpost with a character from the Japanese alphabet. As you travel the road, you proceed up and then down in alphabetical order.
2.) Hana Highway
Suggested By: Gimmi Sagan Om Draken
Where You'll Find It:Maui, Hawaii
Why It's Awesome: The turns on the Hana Highway around the island of Maui come in such quick succession and are so tight that they have been known to cause intense carsickness not just in passengers, but in drivers as well. The road loops the majority of the island, takes about three hours to complete, includes roughly 600 turns, and you get a beautiful sightseeing tour as well.
1.) Los Caracoles
Suggested By: Kiwi_Commander
Where You'll Find It:The border of Chile and Argentina
Why It's Awesome: Los Caracoles looks like one of the tightest sets of switchback corners in the world today. It's regularly traversed by big double-decker tour buses and trucks, though in the winter it gets especially treacherous. Because of its mountainous location, it's especially prone to freezing over.