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Just imagine this: you’re in a car, surrounded by high mountains, blue rivers, coast lines, winding roads, beautiful landscapes, green forests, golden fields. What can be more exciting than this?

There are probably millions of the roads in the world which passes through incredible landscapes, but there are just some of them that are truly amazing and are incredibly constructed. Instead of simply being a part of the journey, these roads are so awe-inspiring that they have become destinations unto themselves.

Maybe you’re ready for a nice drive, but you don’t know where to go. This post is dedicated for all roads lovers and should provide great inspiration and bucket list fodder for those planning an upcoming trip.

Let’s hit the road!

 

1. TRANSFAGARASAN HIGHWAY IN ROMANIA – ‘THE BEST ROAD IN THE WORLD’ TOP GEAR

Transfagarasan Highway in Romania - ‘The best road in the world' TOP GEAR | 23 Roads you Have to Drive in Your Lifetime

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It is a very special road going between the mountains and with an excellent scene view all the way to the top.

More than 150 kilometres in length the Transfagarasan Highway is Romania’s most spectacular and best known road. Fully open only from June to October, the road’s highest point is at 2042 metres: the tunnel which links the northern and southern sides at Lake Balea

 

 

2. TRANSALPINA, THE KING’S ROAD – A HIDDEN GEM IN CARPATHIAN MOUNTAINS

Transalpina, The King's road - a hidden gem in Carpathian Mountains | 23 Roads you Have to Drive in Your Lifetime

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Transalpina road (DN67C) is the highest road in Romania. With a total lenght of 146 km, it goes trough the Carpathian Mountains, reaching a maximum altitude of 2,145m above sea level in Step Urdele Parang Mountains. Located in the Parâng Mountains group, in the Southern Carpathians of Romania, it’s one of the most spectacular roads of the Carpathian Mountains. The road links Novaci, south of Parang Mountains and Sebes in the north.

The road was built under King Carol II. That’s the reason why Romanian locals in the area call it The King’s Road.

The road has its highest point at the Urdele Pass, where the elevation is 2,145m above sea level.

 

 

3.GUOLIANG TUNNEL ROAD, CHINA(中国郭亮隧道)

Guoliang Tunnel Road, China(中国郭亮隧道) | 23 Roads you Have to Drive in Your Lifetime

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Guoliang Tunnel is one of the most famous tunnels in the world. It’s 1.2 kilometres (0.75 mi) long, 5 metres (16 ft) tall and 4 metres (13 ft) wide, located high in the Taihang Mountains of the Henan Province, China.

The tunnel links the village of Guoliang to the outside through the Taihang Mountains which are situated in the Huixian, Xinxiang, Henan Province of China.

 

 

4.FAMOUS ATLANTIC ROAD, NORWAY (ATLANTERHAVSVEGEN)

Famous Atlantic road, Norway (Atlanterhavsvegen) | 23 Roads you Have to Drive in Your Lifetime

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The Atlantic Road takes you from lush coastal landscapes and heaths to bare rocks along the exposed Hustadvika, where you can see the sun sink into the horizon. This National Tourist Route has been called the world’s most beautiful drive and has been voted the “Norwegian construction of the century”.

 

 

5. ROAD TO MOUNT FITZ ROY. LOS GLACIARES NATIONAL PARK, PATAGONIA, ARGENTINA

Road to Mount Fitz Roy. Los Glaciares National Park, Patagonia, Argentina | 23 Roads you Have to Drive in Your Lifetime

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The ride from El Calafate to El Chalten has views of the Patagonia Steppe and the mountains in Los Glaciares National Park. Map of the route along the Laguna de Los Tres trail that leads to the base of Mount Fitz Roy in Los Glaciares National Park.

 

 

6. TROLLSTIGEN – FAMOUS ROAD IN NORWEGIAN MOUNTAINS

Trollstigen - famous road in Norwegian mountains | 23 Roads you Have to Drive in Your Lifetime

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Tucked deep into the mountains off the western coast of Norway, the Trollstigen Mountain Road is one of Norway’s most dramatic and most visited attractions. Dangerous conditions here include the incline, narrow driving space, and the poor traction and visibility that come with rain and fog. It’s one of the famous scenic drives in Norway. The route is known for its 11 hair-raising hairpin turns and steep, 9% gradient. Yet despite the dangers of the one-lane road.

 

 

7. THE ROAD TO THE CANADIAN ROCKIES, KOOTENAY NATIONAL PARK

The Road to the Canadian Rockies, Kootenay National Park | 23 Roads you Have to Drive in Your Lifetime

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Lying across the Continental Divide from Banff in BC, KOOTENAY NATIONAL PARK is the least known Rockies’ park, and the easiest to miss out – many people prefer to follow the Trans-Canada Highway through Yoho. Yet the park’s scenery is still impressive and if you’re not determined to head west you could drive a neat 378km loop.

 

 

8. FITZ ROY STRAIGHT AHEAD !

Fitz Roy straight ahead ! | 23 Roads you Have to Drive in Your Lifetime

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The main highway leading to Los Glacieres National Park in Argentina; part of the Patagonia area encompassing both Chile and Argentina…the Andes in this region are spectacular.

 

 

9. THE FAMOUS CHAPMAN’S PEAK NEAR HOUT BAY CAPE TOWN SOUTH AFRICA.

The famous Chapman's peak near Hout bay Cape Town South Africa. | 23 Roads you Have to Drive in Your Lifetime

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Chapman’s Peak Drive toll road winds its way between Noordhoek and Hout Bay on the Atlantic Coast on the south-western tip of South Africa. Chapman’s Peak Drive is one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world. Chapman’s Peak Drive is affectionately known as Chappies.

 

 

10. MOUNTAIN ROAD IN SWISS ALPS VALLEY, FURKA PASS, SWITZERLAND

Mountain road in Swiss Alps Valley, Furka Pass, Switzerland | 23 Roads you Have to Drive in Your Lifetime

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The Furka pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.431 m (7,976ft) above the sea level, located in one of the snowiest regions in Switzerland. It’s one of the world’s most iconic, exhilarating and exciting drives, through the Swiss Alps. However once you hit the road, be prepared to capture the sites like the Rhone glacier, the Schöllenen Gorge, numerous valleys and small Swiss villages.

 

 

11. CINEMATIC ROAD TO MOUNT COOK , NEW ZEALAND

Cinematic Road to Mount Cook , New Zealand | 23 Roads you Have to Drive in Your Lifetime

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12. SCENIC VALLEY OF FIRE, NEVADA

Scenic Valley of Fire, Nevada | 23 Roads you Have to Drive in Your Lifetime

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13. THE FAMOUS TIZI N’TICHKA PASS IN MOROCCO.

The famous Tizi n'Tichka pass in Morocco. | 23 Roads you Have to Drive in Your Lifetime

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This famous road is called Tizi n’ Tichka Pass, and is a safe and exciting way to explore Morocco.

 

 

14. ICY WINTER ROAD, ICEFIELDS PARKWAY, BANFF AND JASPER NATIONAL PARKS ALBERTA CANADA

Icy winter road, Icefields Parkway, Banff and Jasper National Parks Alberta Canada | 23 Roads you Have to Drive in Your Lifetime

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The Icefields Parkway (Highway 93 N.) is a 230 kilometer mountain road running through the heart of Banff and Jasper National Parks. It serves as a connection between Lake Louise and the town of Jasper. It’s a minimum of 3 hours driving time, not accounting for any stops along the way.

 

 

15. KARAKORUM HIGHWAY. AUTUMN SEASON IN NORTHERN PAKISTAN.

Karakorum highway. Autumn season in Northern Pakistan. | 23 Roads you Have to Drive in Your Lifetime

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The Karakoram Highway (known informally as the KKH) is said to be the highest paved international road in the world. It’s the road to paradise – if you like exploring the mountains, that is. It’s regarded as one of the world’s hardest alpine climbs. Drive with care as this is a mountain road with hairpin curves and dangerous drop-offs.

 

 

16. CINEMATIC ROAD PASSO DELLO STELVIO, ITALIA

Cinematic Road Passo Dello Stelvio, Italia | 23 Roads you Have to Drive in Your Lifetime

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The Stelvio Pass is a mountain pass in northern Italy, at an elevation of 2,757 m (9,045 ft) above sea level. It is the highest paved mountain pass in the Eastern Alps, and the second highest in the Alps, just 13 m (43 ft) below France’s Col de l’Iseran (2,770 m (9,088 ft)).

 

 

17. PASSO DELLO STELVIO ROAD IN ITALIAN ALPS

Passo Dello Stelvio Road in Italian Alps | 23 Roads you Have to Drive in Your Lifetime

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The Stelvio Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.757 m (9,045 feet) above the sea level, located in the Ortler Alps in Italy between Stilfs in South Tyrol and Bormio in the province of Sondrio. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of Europe. The road itself is a marvel of engineering skill; the exhilarating serpentine sections ask to be driven by experienced drivers for their own sakes. All in all, this could be the most magnificent road pass in Europe. It’s one of the most scenic drives in the world.

 

 

18. SCENIC VIEW OF THE SWITCHBACKS OF THE GRIMSEL PASS, SWITZERLAND

Scenic View of the switchbacks of the Grimsel Pass, Switzerland | 23 Roads you Have to Drive in Your Lifetime

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Grimsel Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.164 m (7,100 ft) above the sea level. The road is normally closed between October and May, due to the high snowfall on the pass. It’s one of the highest mountain passes of the Alps.

The road encompasses miles of stunning views through twisty hair pin corners, high elevations and steep grades. It’s a road that was artfully drawn on the landscape, basically traffic free. The road leads along many sparkling reservoir lakes with more marvelous views to enjoy. This Swiss high mountain pass links the Hasli Valley in the Bernese Oberland with the Goms district in the Valais. It is located near the source of the Rhone at the Rhone Glacier.

 

 

19. FAMOUS HIGHWAY INTO MONUMENT VALLEY, UTAH, USA.

Famous Highway into Monument Valley, Utah, USA. | 23 Roads you Have to Drive in Your Lifetime

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The redrock desert and spires of scenic Monument Valley have been the setting for countless movies and advertisements. This is the land of the Navajo, where scenery and Native American culture have created a perfect setting for photography. As the byway leaves the southern end of Monument Valley, Alhambra, a volcanic core, stands prominently next to the road. North of Monument Valley lies the village of Mexican Hat, named for the inverted sombrero-shaped rock formation visible from the byway.

 

 

20. SCENIC ROAD IN SOUTHERN MORAVIA, CZECH REPUBLIC

Scenic Road in Southern Moravia, Czech republic | 23 Roads you Have to Drive in Your Lifetime

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21. COUNTRYSIDE ROAD IN TUSCANY, ITALY

Countryside road in Tuscany, Italy | 23 Roads you Have to Drive in Your Lifetime

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22. MAGNIFICENT AMERICAN ROAD

Magnificent American Road | 23 Roads you Have to Drive in Your Lifetime

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23. WINDING MAGNIFICENT ROAD IN MOUNTAINS OF GRAN CANARIA IN CANARY ISLANDS

Winding Magnificent Road in mountains of Gran Canaria in Canary Islands | 23 Roads you Have to Drive in Your Lifetime

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A journey up into the mountains which make up so much of the interior of the island. Here one can discover breathtaking landscapes, attractive villages, and sites of considerable historical and archaeological interest.

 

 

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