Travelers who believe the journey to be as significant as the destination, road trips have long offered them incredible, breath taking views and have also catered to the sense of adventure. The best driving roads in the world are the ones that have a faultless mixture involving difficult and complicated bends, long fast straights, little or no traffic by any means and most importantly- spectacular views! The twists and turns of these roads might be a pain but the incredible feeling you get after you’ve conquered them will want you to try it again and again.
Here is a list with the most beautiful roads in the world to drive on. We give the readers a fair warning: These images are outrageously beautiful and have known to provoke wanderlust in those who gawk upon them.
Stelvio Pass, Italy:
From the eastern Alps in Italy, the Stelvio Pass Road connects the Valtellina with Merano and the upper Adige valley. Motorists keenly face the challenge of its sixty breakneck hairpin curves at 9045 feet and the pass is the second highest paved mountain pass in the Alps. The ascent to the pass starts just outside Bormio and continues straight into the realms of rugged peaks and dazzling alpine flora.
The road is regarded as one of the most challenging roads in the world by many car enthusiasts and the scenery it provides is absolutely breathtaking.
Combe Laval, France:
Often called as the most magnificent road in the French Alps, Combe Laval was constructed in 1897 and was originally constructed to serve for the transportation of timber. Mainly attracting cyclists today who are eager to face the challenge of a steep climb and be rewarded with awe-inspiring views of the Vercors region.
Grossglockner High Alpine Road, Austria:
“The Grossglockner – Biker’s Heaven” is what you can read in a brochure unfolding the route. Certainly, motorcycles braving the hairpin bends are a common visual here, but cars are equally welcome. The road curves over a distance of forty-eight km and leading to the Kaiser Franz Josefs Hohe visitor Centre where from you get an unobstructed view of Austria’s highest mountain – the Grossglockner (12460ft/3,798m), and its extensive glacier, the Pasterze.
Start your eventual driving experience at Bruck or Heiligenblut by paying a toll of Euro 2800 for a private car or Euro 1800 for a motorcycle. If the price seems to be high, don’t worry as the magnificent high alpine scenery more than makes up for the expenses.
The Transfagarasan (yes, that is the exact spelling, we are not making that up) is the highest and most dramatic paved road from Romania. Built by the former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu between 1970 and 1974 a sa strategic military route connecting the historic regions of Transylvania and Wallachia, and the cities of Sibiu and Pitesti. The Transfagarasan represents 90 km of twists and turnsrunning North to South across the tallest sections of the Carpathian Mountains between the highest peaks of the mountains in the country.
On top of the mountains this road provides entree to Balea Lake, a glacier lake which has been here for a few Emerils. It also has a 1 km long tunnel going straight through the mountain’s top. The north end of the road is the most impressive and is dotted with steep hairpin turns, long S curves and sharp descents combined with an utterly dramatic view!
The Guoliang Tunnel Road:
Built by 13 local villagers in a span of five years (only!) in the Taihing Mountains the Hunan province of China, The Guoliang Tunnel Road was carved from the mountains. The tunnel road is 1200 meters long, 5 meters high and 4 meters wide and was opened to traffic in 1977. This tremendously gorgeous scenic route was dubbed “the road that does not tolerate any mistakes” and is a key destination on the Chinese tourism map.