Roads not only lead us to our destination; they can also show us some of the most scenic landscapes in the world. These ten drives are considered to be some of the most beautiful roads in the world, well worth a quick spin or a longer road-trip if you’re travelling that way. As always, be careful on foreign roads and take care to learn local driving laws and etiquette – check out this handy traveller’s guide to driving abroad for some great tips.
Transfagarasan Road, Romania
Visit Dracula’s stunningly dramatic home country on the Transfagarasan Road, which takes you through dark tunnels and around sharp twists and turns through an incredible landscape. Highlights include the breathtaking view of the Vidraru Lake and Dam, plus the Balea Waterfall, along the route through Transylvania.
The Alcan Highway, Canada to Alaska
Grab some jumpers and prepare to drive through the North American wilderness – and possibly, snowstorms. In clearer weather, you’ll see serene lakes and towering mountains, plus occasional wildlife if you’re lucky.
Great Ocean Road, Australia
This iconic route showcases Australia in all its glory, taking in mountains, cliffs, rainforests, and national parks. The highlight of the Great Ocean Road is a spectacular view of the Twelve Apostles, natural limestone cliffs rising 65 metres above the water.
Jebel Hafeet, United Arab Emirates
Fancy taking your Maserati out for a spin? Jebel Hafeet is the place to do it. This high-class desert road leads to the exclusive Mercure Grand Hotel and a private, palace-like mansion, and allows you to live the high-life of fast cars and Arabic riches for a little while.
The Atlantic Road, Norway
A short yet exhilarating five-mile ride, Norway’s Atlantic Road is known for its uneven surfaces; rising and it falling like the waves of the dramatic Norwegian coast it follows. Pass beautiful islets and rugged coastline, with gulls flying overhead and – possibly – seals frolicking on the beaches.
Evo Triangle, Wales
The Evo Triangle route is just east of the Gwydyr National Park in Wales and will take you through the Welsh countryside. You’ll pass sheep – so many sheep – and picturesque farmhouses, plus the breathtaking lake of Llyn Brenig. Given Wales’ temperamental weather, a bowl of something warming and hearty may be in order, so stop at The Lion Inn and have a bowl of fish soup with homemade bread.
Milford Road, New Zealand
Fancy hunting out some of the epically beautiful locations featured in The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy? Milford Road can take you there. Driving along this route will definitely make you feel like part of the Fellowship, although hopefully without an orc in sight.
The seriously winding Iroha-zaka provides travellers with plenty of educational turns. Each corner of the road’s 48 curves has an ancient Japanese alphabet. The first, called I-ro-ha, is where the road gets its name. This beautiful mountainside ride is sure to teach you something new along the way.
Overseas Highway, United States
This scenic ocean route allows for some dream island-hopping on the Florida Keys. With 42 bridges, the highway is mostly over water sometimes giving the feeling you’re sailing rather than driving. Plan it so you’re driving in the afternoon to be rewarded with one of the most incredible sunsets in the world.
Ruta 40, Argentina
The longest road in Argentina, Ruta 40 crosses 18 major rivers, 20 national parks, and makes 27 passes on the Andes mountain range. For a true South American adventure, head to Argentina and get ready for a long drive!
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