What’s The Hardest Country To Drive Across?

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In America, the cross-country road trip is long but relatively safe. Where is this not the case?


Driving from the east coast to the west coast of the US (or vice versa) is something most car enthusiasts have done or want to do in the future. Route 66, Manifest Destiny, etc, it's part of the American culture. And it's made easy by our comprehensive (if occasionally poorly maintained) interstate highway system.

In other countries, it's not part of the culture. And it's definitely not as easy. Ever try driving from the bottom to the top of Norway in the dead of winter? Neither have we. But we can't imagine it's a terribly easy 30-hour drive, as you're essentially driving to the North Pole through the inlets and fjords of the Norwegian coast.

That being said, Norway has very well maintained roads. Where is it even harder to drive from border to border, or coast to coast? To the comments you go.

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Nobody would expect it, but Canada. If you start in the fall, you'll have to deal with different climates, especially as you cross the Rockies from B.C. to Alberta. The Trans-Canada highway along Lake Superior in Northern Ontario actually requires a lot of attention in certain areas (if you don't pay attention, you're going to be in Lake Superior on many curves). You'll have to cross through multiple large metropolises (Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Montreal, possibly Ottawa), if you have to stop for anything in rural Quebec, you'll need to know a second language. The sheer distance will also be one hell of a challenge. There's also the hard mode if you decide to do a true cross-country trip and start in the Yukon.

That being said, one day I'll do this.