The World’s Best Driving Roads
Heading out onto the open road
There is nothing quite like the feel of the wind in your hair, the freedom of the open road before you, and a scenic route, taking you through all manner of beautiful landscapes. Some of the world’s best roads do all this and more, with fantastic stop offs to add to the party. The problem is, how do you decide where you’re going to head on your road trip? And how do you narrow down these routes into the best ones out there?
Well, tried and tested, here are five of the best driving roads the planet has to offer.
Highway 1, Big Sur, California
When you think of soaring cliffs, the roar of the ocean, and a laid-back Cali kind of vibe, you could easily be forgiven for wanting to head straight out there and experience it for yourself. Highway 1, or State Route 1, runs along most of the Pacific Ocean coastline of California, so you can expect dramatic and beautiful scenery. The 90 mile stretch from San Carpoforo Creek to the Carmel River is probably the most fantastic part, running right along the soaring cliffs.
Furka Pass, Switzerland
There is little else in the world quite so awe-inspiring as mountain scenery, and this high up pass is no different, right in the heart of the Swiss Alps. This road was actually used in a section of Goldfinger, the James Bond film! Connecting Gletsch, Valais and Realp, you can expect high quality stop offs along the way.
The Atlantic Road, Norway
If you see pictures of this particular road, you would think it looks like something a child would draw, but the road itself is a stunning route to follow. Opening in 1989, the 8.3km section of road that links Kristiansun and Molde is particularly popular. You can expect high soaring mountains, dramatic water-ways and fjords, so remember that camera.
Tianmen Mountain Road, Hunan, China
Located in the national park of Zhangjiajie, you can easily stop off and jump on the cable car which takes you to the top of the mountain. Alternatively, 11km of road will pull you through around 99 bends, right to the top of the peak, with amazing views to take in.
Seven Mile Bridge, Florida Keys
From the air, this particular road looks as though it links land masses, sprawling through bright, blinding blue ocean. Well, it does, and the scene is really quite something. Connecting Knight’s Key in the Middle Keys, to Little Duck Key in the Lower Keys, when this bridge was originally built it was one of the largest in existence. Impressive!
Fancy a road trip?