Highway 1, Big Sur, California
Fany a proper American road trip? State Route 1 is a beautiful highway that runs along most of the Pacific coastline of the U.S. state of California. The highway is famous for running along some of the most beautiful coastlines in the USA, leading to its designation as an All-American Road. It scenic and properly pretty.
The Atlantic Road, Norway
Want to go island-hopping in a car without putting it on a ferry? Check out Norway’s Atlantic Ocean Road. Traversing an archipelago of small islands via bridges this 8.3km section of County Road 64 is a brilliant stretch to drive on. Mind you, keep a lookout for cold Arctic waves spilling on the bridges from time to time
Seven Mile Bridge, Florida Keys
The Seven Mile Bridge is a famous bridge in the Florida Keys, in Monroe County, Florida, United States. It connects Knight’s Key in the Middle Keys to Little Duck Key in the Lower Keys. Among the longest bridges in existence when it was built, it is one of the many bridges on US 1 in the Keys, where the road is called the Overseas Highway
Chapman’s Peak Drive, Cape Town, South Africa
Chapman’s Peak Drive was hacked in to the near-vertical face of mountain on the western side of the Cape Peninsula, 15kms from Cape Town. Running from Noordhoek to Hout Bay, the twisting 9kms drive has 114 curves and gives you spectacular 180° views of the Atlantic coastline.
Leh – Manali Highway, Himalaya Mountains, India
Travel the Himalayas on four wheels or two by driving all 479kms of northern India’s Leh-Manali Highway. Its highest elevation is Tanglang La mountain pass at 5328m, and on average you’re two to three miles above sea level at all times on the route. The drive takes a day to complete and connects Leh in Ladakh. It’s only open from May to October, when the Indian army clears snow off the dirt gravel road.
The Amalfi Coast, Italy
The Amalfi Coast is widely considered Italy’s most scenic stretch of coastline, a landscape of towering bluffs, pastel-hued villages terraced into hillsides and luxuriant gardens over turquoise waters and green-swathed mountains. Deemed by UNESCO “an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape,” the coast was awarded a coveted spot on the World Heritage list in 1997. The Amalfi Coast lies along the southern flanks of the Sorrento Peninsula, a cliff-edged promontory that wanders out from the mainland at the southern end of the Bay of Naples.
Transfagarasan Highway, Romania
Called “the best road in the world”, Transfăgărășan runs for 90km across the Southern Carpathian Mountains, between highest and second-highest peaks Moldoveanu and Negoiu. A winding route of sharp descents, S-curves and hairpin turns, the road climbs to 2,034 metres altitude at its highest point. It also passes Vlad the Impaler’s castle, Poienari fortress in the southern section near village Arefu.
Stelvio Pass, Alps, Italy
The Stelvio Pass is another place of pilgrimage for petrolheads. At an elevation of 2757m this is the highest paved pass in the Eastern Alps. The road has a heart-clutching 48 hairpin turns, and connects the Valtellina valley with the mid Venosta valley and Meran.
Millau Viaduct, France
Taller than the Eiffel Tower, Millau Viaduct is the world’s highest bridge. As well as being an engineering masterpiece, It is also very beautiful like the French would want it. It opened in 2004 and was built across the Tarn valley to alleviate holiday traffic between France and Spain. The bridge is 2460 metres long and is found between from Paris to Montpellier.
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