Travel by car can be fascinating because it enables you to enjoy beautiful scenery from the comfort of your car. Today, we’re going to show you some of the most beautiful roads in the world and help you enjoy some truly unmissable scenery. Remember, sometimes, travel is not just about the destination, but the journey.
1. The Atlantic Road, Norway
The Atlantic Road only stretches for over five miles. It starts from Vevang and ends at Kårvåg. It has one of the most beautiful and dramatic roadways in Norway – the Storseisundet Bridge. When driving on the bridge, it really does seem that you are driving off into the ocean.
2. Hana Highway, Hawaii
The Hana Highway is one of the most famous roads in Hawaii. During the 10-12 hour drive on the Hana Highway, you can enjoy different kinds of scenery, including rainforests, ocean and waterfalls.
3. Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina/Virginia, USA
Road trips are not only about scenery but also about the climate, vegetation, wildlife and geological features. The Blue Ridge Parkway is a great place for you to enjoy not only the scenery but also the incredible biodiversity around the central Appalachian Highlands.
4. Overseas Highway, Florida
The Overseas Highway links mainland Florida and the Florida keys. It is famous for its sunset scenery as well as the Seven Mile Bridge, which allows you to drive across the ocean!
5. Col de Turini, France
The Col De Turini is a road located through the Alpes-Maritimes in southern France. The road is built on retaining walls and is also used as a rally circuit for the Monte Carlo Rally race as well as the Tour de France.
6. Jebel Hafeet Mountain Road, United Arab Emirates
The Jebel Hafeet Mountain Road extends for only seven miles. However, it enables visitors to enjoy amazing views of the desert and the town Al Ain. The Mountain Road boasts 60 corners and leads to the Jebel Hafeet Mountain, the second-tallest mountain in the United Arab Emirates. After a 4,000 foot climb, you will arrive at a private palace with an exclusive hotel at the end of the road.
7. Chapman’s Peak Drive, South Africa
Chapman’s Peak Drive links Hout Bay and Noordhoek in the Cape Peninsula. It has long been considered as one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world. Although it only lasts for five miles, it has 114 bends and you feel like you are driving along the edge of a mountain.
8. A82 Road, Scotland
Are you traveling to Scotland? If so, please make sure you don’t miss the A82 road. Driving on the route, you can enjoy the wide spectrum of Scottish scenery, such as the overgrown rocky grasslands and historical bridges.
9. The Great Ocean Road, Australia
The Great Ocean Road is a great place in Australia to enjoy the incredible ocean view. The road runs for over 300 km along the coast, which enables you to enjoy beaches, cliffs, waterfalls, rainforests and even the Twelve Apostles limestone formations.
10. Route 1, Iceland
Unlike other roads in this list, Route 1 is a ring road. If you head east on Route 1 from Reykjavik, you can enjoy the scenic mountains and small villages, as well as classic Icelandic wildlife like reindeer. You can also take a road trip to many famous sights, such as the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Lake Mývatn and the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon.
11. Iroha-zaka, Japan
Iroha-zaka connects central Nikko and Oku-Nikko and enables travelers to enjoy the beautiful landscapes that Japan has to offer. From late October to early November, visitors flood into the Iroha-zaka for the spectacular autumn scenery.
12. Highway One, Monterey County, California
Highway One is one of the most famous road trips in the U.S. It runs from Los Angeles to Mendocino County. However, the most beautiful scenery lies on Monterey Country stretch where it runs across the beautiful seaside of Carmel-by-the-sea and the Big Sur coastline.
13. Rohtang Pass, India
Rohtang Pass is a high mountain pass located on the eastern Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas. The pass is famous for its beautiful scenic glaciers, mountains and rivers.
14. Valley of Fire Road, Nevada
As indicated by its name, the Valley of Fire Road enables travelers to enjoy the unique and beautiful red sand stones of Nevada, approximately 33 miles northeast of downtown Las Vegas.
15. Scenic Byway 163, Arizona/Utah, USA
Scenic Byway 163 runs from the Arizona border through Monument Valley in Utah, at a length of 64 miles. During the drive, travelers can enjoy the stunning red rocky desert. The road has also been the setting for many movies, such as Forrest Gump!