There are certain travel destinations that are more about the journey than the destination. If you are planning to go on vacation soon, it’s not just about where you plan to go but how you plan to get there. The most scenic rides in the world open up a whole new travel experience, all while getting you from one place to the next. Here are the top 10 scenic rides you should make time to check out at some point in your life.
The Atlantic Ocean Road in Norway
The Atlantic Ocean Road stretches just over 5 miles long, the road itself looks like a wave as it trails above the beautiful Norwegian Sea. If you come during Autumn you just might get a chance to witness storm tossed waves splashing up onto the road.
The road connects Averoy Island to Elde, the mainland. The best part is that it is actually free to travel on this road, all you have to do is rent a car.
The Jacobite, Scottish Highlands, Scotland
If you are ever in Scotland between May 12th and October 24th, be sure to catch a ride on this famous steam train which leaves from Fort William and travels to Mallaig. The journey grants incredible views of Scottish Highlands, endless mountainsides, historic towns, and Glenfinnan viaduct.
Rhaetian Railway in Switzerland
Travel through Switzerland on this scenic ride, which includes a host of World Heritage Sites protected by UNESCO. No matter what time of year it is, this train ride offers the most beautiful journey, including towering bridges, endless tunnels, and the most stunning natural sites.
Bixby Bridge in Big Sur, California, USA
Located 120 miles outside of San Francisco, the arch bridge first opened back in 1932. The bridge has a 320 feet drop beneath it where beautiful ocean waters open up.
Serra Verde Express in Parana, Brazil
Over 150,000 travelers take this picturesque train ride each year. The journey stretches for 3-hours and connects Paranagua to Curitiba. The views from the cabin seats are unreal, and the train runs 7-days a week, all year long.
The Seven Mile Bridge in Florida, USA
Stretching just under 7 miles long, this incredible bridge travels over blue coral archipelago. The awesome ride takes you from Knight’s Key to Little Duck Key. If you are planning to come in April, the bridge is closed for a few hours on one Saturday in order to hold an annual marathon.
Maeklong Railway in Samut Songkhram, Thailand
This 42-mile journey travels from Bangkok to Maeklong, and has recently become a popular tourist destination. The reason this train is so unique is that it runs through the Maeklong Market 8 times every day, during which time vendors pull back their stands and wait as the train narrowly misses taking out all of their produce for sale.
The moment the train passes, business returns to usual.
The Dark Hedges in Northern Ireland
Back in the 18th Century, the Stuart family planted these trees as a unique entrance to their home. Today, the trees continue to thrive, creating a creepy tunnel you can drive through and pretend like you are in a real life fairytale.
Sylvenstein Bridge in Upper Bavaria, Germany
Way up in the Karwendel Alps stretches the Sylvenstein Lake, here you can drive across one of the world’s most picturesque bridges offering views of Isar Valley.
Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, USA
Travel alongside the beautiful shoreline of Lake Michigan and enjoy views of one of America’s most incredible urban landscapes as well as one of America’s biggest lakes. The drive travels over U.S. Highway 41 and includes a number of bridges and other connects into the city.
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