THE 8 MOST AMAZING ROADWAYS IN THE WORLD
There are many absolutely incredible and unique roadways throughout the world, far and wide, where both drivers and passengers alike can appreciate adventurous rapid and sharp curves, unending straight paths and above all, impressive landscapes which one might only be able to experience once in a lifetime. Below is a list of the most amazing roadways in the world, from Route 40 in Argentina, passing through Cabot Trail in Canada until finally reaching the Tunnel of Guoliang in China.
1. Route 40 (Argentina)
Throughout more than 5,000 km alongside the Andes Mountains, from Quiaca to Calafate, located in Patagonia, the mythical Route 40 holds spectacular landscapes. This pathway offers you the chance to experience different cultures and climates of the three regions that it passes through and that hold surprises such as the Puna region, Laguna Brava, the Quebrada de Humahuaca.
2. The Amalfi Coast (Italy)
We recommend traveling along the Amalfi coastline by car because it is a trip that everyone should experience at least once in life. On one side, there are intriguing pastel coloured houses and hotels and on the other side, there is an incredible view of the Mediterranean sea filled with boats and docks.
Tossed in the middle, are cities like Positano and Ravello, which surround the Golf of Salerno and flow into the Vietri Sul Mare. This coastline is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
3. Pacific Coast Highway (California, USA)
This highway has attracted the likes of such stars as Henry Miller, Jack Kerouac or Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre. It links Los Angeles and San Francisco and is an inexhaustible source of inspiration. They say it is the most beautiful highway in California. It passes through cities such as Monterrey or even the Hearst Castle which is the reason it was given the name the “California Dream Road”.
4. Garden Route (South Africa)
This route, which is less well-known, links together Cape Town and Port Elizabeth by way of a panoramic roadway that offers the view of small coastal towns, dream beaches, lakes and waterfalls that make up a real life natural postcard. In Hermanus, it is possible to stop and see the whales while the Addo Elephant National Park contains the “Five Largest in Africa” and the De Hoop Nature Reserve.
5. Atlantic Roadway (Norway)
The Atlantic Road, known as Atlanterhavsveien in Norwegian, is one of the most spectacular views in the world. Although it is quite dangerous, it connects the Isle of Averøy with the continent in a fantastic trip through eight bridges that are elevated and twist over the water. The largest, the
Storseisundet Bridge, has a spectacular curve. It is quite well-known among visitors and is an authentic engineering wonder, where one can appreciate coastal landscapes on dozens of small islands and islets in just 8 km.
6. Cabot Trail (Canada)
In Cape Breton, one of the most beautiful islands in the world, Cabot Trail is a wonderful roadway of around 300 km that border the cliffs and canyons, millennial age-old forests, mountains and fishing towns. Parallel to the coast, the trip, full of curves, has vertical drops of up to 30 metres, which means conductors with vertigo should avoid the experience.
7. Grossglockner High Alpine Road (Austria)
Around what is possibly the most impressive mountain in Austria, the Grossglockner, 3,798 metres in altitude, extends the most famous roadway in the country. In its 48 km of length, it exceeds an incline of 1,500 metres and passes through areas of different climates and landscapes, from fields to forests and passing through glaciers with perennial snowfall.
Classic cars, motorbikes and bicycles take on the 36 curves that ascend up to the Kaiser-Franz-Josef Höhe, an altitude of 2,369 metres, where there is an information centre detailing the panoramic routes that reach the mouth of the glacier. The roadway is only open between May and October and at night access is closed.
8. Guoliang Road Tunnel (China)
This route is not ideal for a road trip, but rather one that will put one’s driving skills to the test. The Guoliang tunnel was sculpted in the Taihang Mountains in 1972 by the local villagers after centuries of isolation.
Located in northwest China, in the province of Henan, the tunnel is no more than six metres wide and four metres tall. It is curved and offers a sort of excavated window in the rock of the Taihang mountains with spectacular views. It took six years to excavate the tunnel, which is a total 1.6 km in length.
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