The roads we travel on are often taken for granted, but they shouldn’t be. Roads allow for easier and safer transportation, and they also offer a huge source of inspiration. Some roads extend out over the ocean; others weave and wove high up into the mountains. Some spectacular roads are brand new, and others are historically significant. There is not one specific thing that makes a road wonderful, instead it’s all of the unique qualities a road possesses wrapped up into one wondrous ride.
If you enjoy traveling by car, you will fall tires over bumper for the views offered by 25 of the most wonderful roads in the world.
This famous serpentine mountain is full of sharp turns and tight bends. Due to the weather the road is closed from late autumn through winter. King Haakon VII originally opened the road back in 1936, after it took a solid eight years to construct.
The Road Leading To The Canadian Rockies
Chapman’s Peak, South Africa
This incredible road stretches alongside Chapman’s Peak, a mountain located on the western side of the Cape Peninsula.
Atlantic Road, Norway
This 5 mile road was constructed in 1989 and serves as a scenic bridge dotted in fishing spots and outrageous viewing points, all on the way to the Norwegian islands.
Karakoram Highway (kkh), Pakistan
Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
Road Running Through Indian Himalayas, Ladakh, India
Intrigued by the beauty of this road? You might be happy to hear Ladakah is one of India’s most tourist friendly destinations.
Passo Dello Stelvio, Italia
Located 9,045 feet above sea level, this mountain pass is the highest paved road in the Eastern Alps, and the second highest throughout the entire Alps.
Road 163 Heading Towards Monument Valley National Park, Utah USA
Furka and Grimsel Pass, Switzerland
This road includes so much sight seeing including surreal lookout points, and over 20 bridges and 20 tunnels.
Chiang Wei-shui Memorial Freeway
Prior to its completion this road was called the Beiyi Highway, but after completion in 2006 it became known as the Chiang Wei-shui Memorial Freeway. This road touches 3 major cities, Taipei, New Taipei, and Yilan.
Antrim Coast Road, Northern Ireland
Known as one of the world’s greatest tourist roads, the A2 road begins in Newry city and extends through a number of picturesque fishing towns including Warrenpoint, Rostrevor, and Kilkeel. For nearly 25 miles this road rings right alongside the sparkling blue coast, making it especially popular during the warmest months of the year.
Developed at the start of the 19th century, the road includes many historical elements such as the White Arch bridge built in 1873 as a part of the first 3-foot gauge railway in Ireland.
Route 1, Iceland
Route 1 is over 800 miles long, the national road runs a ring around the island connecting most of the inhabited regions.
The Road Leading To The Mountain Of Fitz Roy
Road to Omalo, Tusheti, Caucasus Mountains, Georgia
This 55 mile road constructed in 1974 is the second-highest paved road in Romania. The road begins near a village called Bascov and weaves all the way to DN1 and Sibiu.
Road to El Chalten, Argentina
Ice Road Connecting Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk, North West Territories, Canada
Cap Formentor, Mallorca, Spain
Kananaskis Country Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada
Kelok Sembilan, West Sumatra, Indonesia
Picturesque Road Through Lofoten, Norway
Naithon Beach Road, Phuket, Thailand
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