We often take the roads we travel for granted, but they are much more important than most realize. Roads allow for easy and safe transportation, and can often be the source of inspiration, for travel, creativity, and good feelings. Some extend to the ocean, while others weave high into the mountains. Some are historically significant, others brand new. There is no one thing that makes a road spectacular, rather many elements that combine to create a wondrous ride.
If you enjoy traveling by car, check out these images of the most amazing roads in the world – you won’t be disappointed.
This famous mountain road full of bends and twists was opened by King Haakon VII in 1936, after eight years of construction. Due to weather, the road is closed during winter months.
The Road Leading To The Canadian Rockies
What a view – who wouldn’t be inspired to drive all the way to the top?
Chapman’s Peak, South Africa
This cliff-side road stretches alongside Chapman’s Peak, located on the western side of Cape Peninsula.
Atlantic Road, Norway
This incredible five-mile road was constructed in 1989, and serves as a bridge to fishing locales and gorgeous views. The scenic bridge ends at the Norwegian Islands.
Karakoram Highway, Pakistan
Pakistan is often thought to be a dry and arid place, but there are also cool mountain views like this one.
Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
Lush, green, and majestic, the road through Jasper National Park is a ride like no other.
Indian Himalayas, Ladakh, India
If you think this road is beautiful, start booking your plane ticket now – Ladakh is known as one of India’s most tourist-friendly destinations.
Passo Dello Stelvio, Italia
This unbelievable mountain pass is located 9,045 feet above sea level, and is credited as the highest paved road in the Eastern Alps.
Road 163, Monument Valley National Park, Utah, USA
Pack plenty of water for your drive down Highway 163 – the Utah National park is notoriously hot and humid.
Furka and Grimsel Pass, Switzerland
Known as one of the best sight-seeing roads in the world, this pass includes surreal outlook points and over 20 bridges and tunnels.
Antrim Coast Road, Northern Ireland
This historical road begins in Newry city, and extends past 25 miles of picturesque fishing villages and sparkling blue coastlines. It is especially popular in warm months as tourists travel to see the White Arch Bridge.
Route 1, Iceland
The all-important Route 1 is more than 800 miles long, and connects most of the island’s inhabited regions.
The Road Leading To The Mountain Of Fitz Roy, Argentina
The colors of this landscape look like something out of a picture book.
Road to Omalo, Tusheti, Caucasus Mountains, Georgia
Prepare for sharp changes in elevation as you travel this road through the Caucasus Mountains.
Constructed in 1974, this road is credited as the second-highest paved road in Romania, and features stunning views.
It’s worth a second look.
And a third.
Road to El Chalten, Argentina
There’s always something a little unsettling about seeing snow when the sun is shining, but high elevation makes for cold mountain temperatures.
Ice Road Connecting Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories, Canada
To see the views on this road, it’s best to travel by snow mobile – it’s coated in ice from beginning to end.
Cap de Formentor, Mallorca, Spain
You’ll have to drive slowly on this winding mountain road, but you’ll be rewarded by stunning views around every bend.
Kananaskis Country Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada
Check the weather before venturing onto this mountain road – it’s often icy and best traversed with four-wheel drive.
Kelok Sembilan, West Sumatra, Indonesia
For a more temperate drive, check out the lush green foliage on this windy road.
Road Through Lofoten, Norway
Or take a drive down what looks like most picture-perfect road in the world.
Naithon Beach Road, Phuket, Thailand
There are also stunning roads located near beaches, like this one. You can almost smell the ocean just by looking at it.
No matter what road you travel, there are hidden beauties to be found. What are some of your favorite rides? Tell us in the comments below, and don’t forget to share these amazing roads with your friends and family. Now, who is ready for a drive?
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