There are times when your journey turns out to be so beautiful that you forget your destination. And then there are those special times when you may remember your destination but you may not want to reach there because the challenging adventurous journey with breathtaking scenery is enthralling you to no end. When you are travelling on roads that expand from coastal highways, dizzying mountain passes to bridges over great spans of water; you not only get to see a country from close quarters but also experience the joy of motoring. For that ultimate driving experience, get behind the wheel and start rolling on these 10 most beautiful roads in the world to travel on.
10. Jebel Hafeet Mountain Road, UAE:
When viewed from above, the Jebel Hafeet road appears like a black snake slithering through golden sands. Climbing UAE’s second highest peak from the town of Al Ain, this road that runs just over 7 miles is one of the most visited places in UAE. Of the 3 lanes 2 are for climbing and 1 for descending. Build by Strabag International of Germany, the flawless road was named the greatest driving road by Edmunds.com and is considered one of awesome driving experience by many top travelers.
9. Millau Viaduct, France:
Millau Viaduct is the last link of La Meridienne, an autoroute axis running from Paris to Montpellier. Ranked as the tallest bridge in the world, it has eased the bottleneck situations arising during the holiday seasons. The highway connecting southern France and Spain runs for nearly 340 km without tolls, except for the bridge itself. The experience of driving on the tallest bridge in the world can be a moment to cherish for the amazing thrill it gives you.
8. Leh Manali Highway, India:
The Leh-Manali highway (NH21) connects the two mountainous states of India – Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. The extreme conditions on the highway have made it possible to run only for about 4 ½ months every year. Reaching the elevation of 5,328 m at Tanglang La mountain pass, the highway is estimated to run at an average height of 4000 m above sea level. The snow covered peaks, the colorful valleys and serene lakes makes this 500 km long route one of the most enthralling experience for a road lover.
7. 4 Great Ocean Road, Australia:
For those who love to breathe in the salty air, hear the wave’s crash on the shore and watch breathtakingly beautiful view of coastal region, Great Ocean Road of Australia is the best bet. Running from Torquay to Warrnambool, the highway is strewn with entertaining sports like beach restaurants, whale watch, sea surfing, National Park, museums, The 12 Apostles limestone stack and many more. The 243 km road is now listed as Australian National Heritage site.
6. Overseas Highway, USA:
The 205 km Overseas Highway connects many islands in Florida Keys. The highway is famous for its Seven Mile Bridge which was the longest bridge at the time of its construction in 1938. Driving over this highway makes you feel as though you are driving your vehicle over the seas, because that is what you see all around you. Those who love to experience bliss of driving should never miss the opportunity to drive over the seas on this highway.
5. Milford Road, New Zealand:
Part of the State Highway 94,Milford Road of New Zealand cuts right through the heart of the Southern Alps, running through lush green forests, serene lakes, gushing waterfalls and the famous Fiordland National Park. Driving freely on the 144 winding highway at full speed can be a memorable experience you do not want to miss.
4. Stelvio Pass, Italy:
Ranked as the second highest paved road in the Alps, Stelvio Pass Road of Italy is situated at an altitude of 2,757 meters above sea level. With 48 hairpin bends, Stelvio Pass is considered to be an ultimate challenge to a motorist’s driving skills. The road will hold your attention to such an extent that you may miss the beautiful scenery around you, which once you stop will take your breath away.
3. Highway 163, US:
The iconic Highway 163 that runs from Kayenta in Arizona to Bluff in Utah has been popularized by Hollywood hits featuring it. Highway 163 is also known as ‘The Red Rock Scenic Byway’ the name it got for the amazing sight of Mingus Mountains and red rock mesas that can stun you with their sheer presence.
2. Autobahns, Germany:
Autobahns of Germany are only for those living in the fast lane; in fact any vehicle that cannot reach the speed 38 mph is prohibited on the roads. Considered to be the fastest highway in the world, slowing down or stopping on autobahns is not just dangerous but also illegal. The roadway compliments the German cars known for their precise engineering and craftsmanship.
1. The Atlantic Roadway, Norway:
The Atlantic Roadway of Norway is fast turning out to be one of the greatest tourist attractions of Norway since its opening in 1989. The Atlantic Ocean Tunnel between Averøy and Kristiansund was inaugurated in December 2009. The eight bridges, viaducts and causeways built on several islands and skerries, connects the two most populated towns of Norway – Kristiansund and Molde. It was honored as Norway’s construction of the century in 2005.