There is nothing like a road trip if you want to truly experience a new country. If you’ve had your fix of city breaks in Milan, beach holidays in the Caribbean or skiing in the Alps, it may be time for you to do something different and embark on a road trip. Nothing compares to it.
From dizzying mountain passes in Italy to hairpin bends in Norway; to coastal highways in California to the national parks in the US, there is an array of beautiful and unforgettable roads, all of which have a mixture of challenging bends, fast straights and breathtaking scenery. Simply pack your luggage into your car and set off on the holiday of a lifetime in search of the finest roads ever created.
Here are some of the best roads in the world:
Stelvio Pass, Eastern Alps, Italy
The Stelvio pass straddles the Swiss and Italian border. The road connects Valtellina with Merano and the upper Adige valley. The Stelvio Pass is rated the best road in the world and is ‘motoring perfection’ according to car specialists Top Gear.
The road is the second highest paved road in the Alps and is 1.7 miles above sea level.
It offers breathtaking views, spine tingling hairpins and very steep inclines. Many car enthusiasts regard the road as challenging yet spectacular.
Lysebotn Road, Norway
Norway is home to many astonishing roads. Lysebotn Road is just one of them.
It consists of 27 miles of challenging bends and hairpins, set in the most breathtaking scenery Europe has to offer.
The road resembles a roller coaster and will certainly put a smile on your face.
Once you reach the bottom, there is a 1.1 km tunnel which contains three switchbacks which makes it even more exciting.
Highway 1, Big Sur, California
Highway 1 is possibly one of the most picturesque roads in the world.
It runs along a large proportion of the pacific ocean in California and offers some of the most beautiful coastlines in the US.
Highway 1 runs along the Big Sur region for about 90 miles, hugging the cliffs as you drive along the road.
The Atlantic Road, Norway
The Atlantic Road was built in 1989. It is 8.3 km long and runs through the two main towns in the county of More og Romsdal, Kristiansund and Molde.
The road is built over and runs between several small islands and skerries, with the ocean either side.
The 8.3 km road is made up of several causeways, many viaducts and eight bridges.
The road is extremely popular due to its breathtaking and astonishing scenery.
Col de Turini, France
The Col de Turini is located in the South of France.
It is more than 1 mile above sea level and is used for a section of the Monte Carlo Rally.
The road offers amazing views, long stretches and over 34 hairpins, making it very popular for car enthusiasts.
Cars can reach top speeds of over 110 miles per hour on its many straights.
Karakoram Highway, China/Pakistan
The Karakoram Highway connects China and Pakistan through some of the most astonishing scenery in the world.
(See picture at left.)
The highway is the highest paved road in the world.
It is known to many as the eighth wonder of the world as it offers truly breath taking views.
The Overseas Highway, Florida
The Overseas Highway is a seven mile bridge in Florida Keys, Florida.
When it was built in 1938, it was one of the longest bridges in existence.
The bridge is entirely surrounded by water, and drivers can enjoy its beautiful scenery of the ocean, and the jaw dropping sunrises and sunsets.
It is certainly a must-see.
The Transfagarasan was built as a military route route for the Romanian army, and connects the cities of Sibiu and Pitesti.
The road is 90 km of dips, twists and turns. The north end of the road is the favorite for many people, especially car enthusiasts. It contains many hairpin bends, sharp turns and descents. However, the road did come at a cost. During its construction in 1970, the road claimed the lives of 40 builders, and the 1km tunnel took the lives of over 400 people.
Road trips are a great way to see some of the finest areas of the world. Journey along with a few of your friends or family and it will be a holiday you will be sure to cherish forever.
What do you think of this blog? Can you think of any more amazing roads in the world? If so, please let us know in the comments below.
This blog was written by Jennifer Smith on behalf of Stratstone, the luxury car specialists.